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Design Thinking is a teaching practice made famous by Stanford's "d-School". So what is Design Thinking as it relates to education? Design Thinking is described as a structured approach to generating and developing ideas. Through discovery, interpretation, ideation, experimentation and evolution students solve complex challenges. I've included some of my favorite resources to help you get started with understanding "Design Theory".
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Design Thinking
  • John Cork says:
    This video is a great introduction to the concept of "Design Thinking". The video explains that Design Thinking focuses on the needs of the user and solving problems through trying different solutions. Learn about "ideating, prototyping and testing" with this short but informative video and get the conversation about Design Thinking started at your school.
  • John Cork says:
    The guide from Stanford's "d School" serves as an introduction to the process of Design Thinking. The guide goes into detail about each step in the Design Thinking process which includes the ability to empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test. Each step is carefully broken down into explanations of "Who, What and Why" and then how to transition into the next step. For more information also be sure to check out Stanford's Design School at dschool.stanford.edu.
  • What is design thinking?

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    nistmakerspace.weebly.com
    nistmakerspace.weebly.com
    John Cork says:
    Are you interested in exploring how schools are employing Design Thinking in their curriculum? Check out NIST's Maker Space blog on who they've integrated Designed Thinking into their school. Here you'll learn how New International School of Thailand uses Maker Spaces to encourage Design Thinking. Check out how they use Minecraft, arts and crafts, Legos and other activities to promote design thinking.
  • Design Thinking Teachers Guide

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    designthinkingforeducators.com
    designthinkingforeducators.com
    John Cork says:
    The Design Thinking Toolkit for Educators "contains the process and methods of design along with the Designer’s Workbook, adapted specifically for the context of K-12 education." You'll need to signup for free to download the kit that includes a 48-page Designer's Workbook as well as an 81-page Educators Guide. The Designer's Workbook carefully guides students through the design process while the educators guidebook leaves no stone unturned. An incredible resource!
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    opencolleges.edu.au

    45 Design Thinking Resources for Educators

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    John Cork says:
    This article found on the innovation excellence website gives educators 45 Design Thinking Resources and is a timesaver. You'll find links to sources from some of the most well known practitioners in the "Design Thinking" movement including Stanford's d School and IDEO. Additionally, you'll find books, videos, lessons and more to help get you get started. Also, the article features a great introduction to the philosophy behind "Design Thinking".
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