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Design Thinking Experience for Middle School Educators


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Design Thinking Learning Experience: Solving a Wicked Problem and Learning a New Instructional Approach

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Design Thinking Experience for Middle School Educators

  2. 2. Outcomes | Friday, December 4 1. Explore a wicked problem as identified by staff and students 2. Experience the Design Thinking Process as it relates to Instructional Design • Learn another approach to task design you can use in your classroom 3. Professional Learning as a...
  3. 3. Students as Problem Finders Using Design Thinking to guide students to identify problems, create prototypes and solutions for rich and relevant learning experiences
  4. 4. Ewan McIntosh Ted Talk Provocation… “Teachers do the heavy lifting of defining problems” What if we shifted this…here is one way…through the structure and tool of design thinking Background
  5. 5. 1. FRAMING OUR WORK Intro to Design Thinking The Future is Not Multiple Choice How Might We (HMW)?
  6. 6. “Design Thinking The confidence that everyone can be part of creating a more desirable future, and a process to take action when faced with a difficult challenge. That kind of optimism is well needed in education. (IDEO,
  7. 7. Dubai - Guests in their own home Dubai - Guests in their own home “Dubai’s home in the sense that the streets are familiar, I know where to get stuff. I have friends over here, that sort of thing. But, at the same time, it’s not home in the sense that I don’t belong over here; I’m not going to be quote unquote ‘one of them’. In a sense I don’t really have a home, because there’s no place where, you know, they [fully] accept me and I accept them.” (Ali Syed, 152 in Dubai: Gilded Cage) A provocation to articulate the dichotomy the students at the school experience between their home and school identities and expectations…our wicked problem
  8. 8. HMW... How might we promote and nurture a sense of community and belonging for our students?
  9. 9. 2. BEGINNING THE DESIGN PROCESS Empathy - Understanding the student experience Interpretation - Creating a POV statement
  10. 10. DISCOVERY / EMPATHY Find deep & meaningful needs through observing & engaging • Why do you come to school every day? • How do you feel when you come to school? • What is the best part of your day? • What is your least favourite part of the day? • What is missing from your experience at school?
  11. 11. DISCOVERY / EMPATHY Examples from the staff
  12. 12. DISCOVERY & EMPATHY - Understanding our students’ reality Consider: ▸What did you notice when you observed your students at nutrition break? ▸What did you hear when you spoke with your students during homeroom?
  13. 13. METHOD: Create a RELATIONAL MAP The Field Guide to Human-Centred Design
  14. 14. METHOD: Create a RELATIONAL MAP The Field Guide to Human-Centred Design
  15. 15. METHOD: Create a RELATIONAL MAP
  16. 16. METHOD: Create a RELATIONAL MAP
  17. 17. INTERPRETATION / DEFINE Reframe needs & insights into actionable problem statements
  18. 18. THEN: Create a POINT OF VIEW STATEMENT (user) needs a way to (verb) because… (Mindset: Human Centred Design)
  19. 19. Share Back Share your POV statement with the group. Add to your work as others are sharing if appropriate.
  20. 20. 3. DIVERGING The Concept of Plussing Ideation Speed Dating (the Idea Exchange)
  21. 21. Randy Nelson on the Collaborative Age Accept every offer & Make your partner look good! plussing
  22. 22. “ideation crown” IDEATION Generate volume & variety of ideas
  23. 23. Individual vs. Collaborative Always start individual - send people to a brainstorming session with currency. Radical collaboration is an integral mindset in ideation. You will not get volume & variety if ideation is done completely independently.
  24. 24. IDEATION - Your Task Ideate as many ways (1 idea per post it) that you can address your POV statement as possible. Wild & radical AND totally boring and everything in between is good. Do not filter or restrict yourself or your ideas (“yes and…”, rather than “yeah but....”
  25. 25. METHOD: SPEED DATING Purpose: ▸ “Plus” each other’s ideas ▸ Grow your list
  27. 27. 4. CONVERGING Sorting & Making Sense of Ideas Creating a Prototype
  28. 28. METHOD: SATURATE & GROUP In your original group, saturate some wall/table space with all your post-its. Organize the post-its into groups of related parts. Write down any insights that emerge from the sorting.
  29. 29. CONVERGING
  30. 30. EXPERIMENTATION / PROTOTYPE Visualize possible solutions by trying them out
  31. 31. PROTOTYPE Using the insights you gathered from the saturate & group exercise, create a prototype of a solution for your POV statement. A prototype could be a map, model, role play, storyboard, document, etc. The important part is turning thought to form.
  32. 32. 5. ITERATING Getting Feedback Evolving & Testing
  33. 33. EVOLUTION / TEST Communicate with users to gain feedback & refine solutions
  34. 34. TESTING Join up with another group. Have the other group test your prototype. Using the feedback protocol, give feedback. Switch.
  35. 35. NEXT STEPS… ▸ Test your prototype with some students. ▸ Report back to the group.
  36. 36. 6. DEBRIEF Debrief on the Design Thinking Process Exit Slip
  37. 37. DISCUSSION In grade teams: What did you discover today about your students? How did the design thinking process help you work through this difficult challenge? How did it help you generate and develop ideas? What stood out to you about this process? How might you use design thinking in the future?
  38. 38. Fin
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