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Design Thinking Educator Resources
Mini-lessons, design challenges and more to support K-12 educators' implementation of Design Thinking practices.
Empathy Maps for Educators
Empathy maps are a valuable design thinking classroom tool. Empathy maps help us gather, organize and analyze information. Teachers who have a strong understanding of their students can connect with them more effectively and better meet their learning, social and emotional needs. Empathy maps are powerful learning tools to analyze information about fictional, historical or contemporary people. In this session, you’ll see how empathy maps can be used to support student growth and learning in your school or classroom.
AEIOU is a simple and efficient observation protocol that helps people slow down and look carefully at an image, scenario or event with intention and focus. Easy to remember, people can work their way through a structured review and capture their findings for further analysis and eventual decision-making or action. The protocol works well for reviewing what has occurred or to think forward to how to design an experience or event that can meet one’s needs or goals. In this session, we’ll focus on the protocol itself, engage in a participatory activity to see how it can work and introduce multiple ways to incorporate it into analytical or planning work
Developing Educators x Design
Professional development series designed to provide students with empowered educators of color. Strengthens the capacity, builds the resiliency of educators who will remain in the profession, lead needed changes, recruit others to the profession.
Deeper Learning By Design™
How can we activate the students’ inherent talents and interests to achieve the goals they choose? This session will provide a high level overview of deeper learning, and the three components of a powerful approach to deeper learning that creates an environment where young people can prepare to live confidently and securely, thrive in our society, and give back to their community.
Prototyping With Purpose
Hands-on workshop to develop an understanding of effective prototyping and try it out. Key decisions can help others develop a deeper understanding of a new idea, lead to targeted and relevant feedback, lay a foundation for next iteration, and gain more empathy for and understanding of users.
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”