design thinking

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Design Thinking in Action

By Michael Niehoff: Design thinking helps create future innovators and breakthrough thinkers. Michael shares a few examples of what it can look like at the high school and elementary level.

Difference Making

Design Thinking for Student Ownership of Learning

By: Sara Matlock. The 24 Hour Think Challenge, organized by a student led non-profit in Idaho called One Stone, brought together 150 high school juniors from across southwest Idaho to tackle issues facing education in the 21st Century.


Building Stronger Innovation-Minded Educators with The Teachers Guild

IDEO’s Teachers Guild is an open, collaborative platform that engages educators in design thinking, with the goal of inspiring new and creative ideas for school communities. Within the site, ideas are built in response to a challenge question posed by hosts, as users move through each of the phases of the design process while working on their ideas.

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Introducing and Deepening Design Thinking with Teacher Leaders

Design thinking has helped me tremendously in understanding how to deeply probe multiple perspectives and causes in a situation and/or problem before tackling it - a valuable skill for leadership and inclusivity. That's why I led two design thinking workshops at this year's ECET2-Puget Sound.


SXSWedu: Design Thinking, Learning, and Teaching

By: Moss Pike. Thanks to the mutual exchange of ideas at SXSWedu, more educators are starting to embrace the possibilities and new thinking that entrepreneurs can add to the conversation, in taking on more of a design mindset.

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Design Thinking: A Human-Centered Approach to Innovation in Education

By: Sandy Speicher. We tend to think first about the needs of the system and create solutions from there. But what if we looked first to the needs of people, and then designed ways the system could meet its goals by serving these needs? This is the heart of how design thinking gets to innovative solutions.

Ed Policy

Improvement vs. Innovation

Improvement is playing for singles and doubles. Innovation in swinging for the fences. EdLeaders need to lead community conversations that create the right balance of the two.