Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Design Thinking in Education

In our previous post we introduced NoTosh, a global consultancy that challenges the status quo in schools, public services and creative companies and works together with clients to improve learning at all levels. Their approach is based on "Design Thinking" as a powerful vehicle for deeper learning of content, more divergent thinking and an effective way to build the thinking skills capacity of learners. In schools Design Thinking is used as a framework onto which to hang specific thinking skills in order to achieve specific learning tasks (read more here).
"The Design Thinking  process first defines the problem and then implements the solutions focusing on needfinding, understanding, creating, thinking, and doing. At the core of this process is a bias towards action and creation: by creating and testing something, you can continue to learn and improve upon your initial ideas"(view source)
Edutopia offers many RESOURCES on Design Thinking and its implications in education.
At People Serving People, a homeless shelter in Minneapolis, local design firms and educators work together to show kids how design thinking can help them make a difference in their neighbourhoods. Please watch how design thinking can empower young people.
-- Watch Ewan McIntosh's Opening Keynote at The International Conference on Thinking 2013
-- Watch playlist "Design Thinking for Education"
-- Go to Design Thinking for Educators website
-- Read A Design-Thinking Approach to Public School
-- Read Design Thinking in Schools: An Emerging Movement Building Creative Confidence in our Youth

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