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Learning about UX from
high school students.
Atlas Workshops
The Premise
• Atlas Workshops offers educational travel to groups of 8-16
high school students.
• This trip’s focus was “d...
I Learned…
• The language we use is CONFUSING!
– What is “usability?” Isn’t everything, technically, usable?
– If it’s a d...
Trip Highlights
• Me: “Someone tell me, what is information
architecture?”
Student: “Misery.”
• On Day 6, the students bec...
Takeaways
• The UX/design thinking process is a successful
method for learning about a subject and
creating an end project...
Learn More
• More write-ups on my blog, http://www.marli.us/news
• Information on Atlas Workshops (including how to sign u...
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Atlas Workshops

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An overview of my first trip with Atlas Workshops, teaching students about smart cities and the design process.

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Atlas Workshops

  1. 1. Learning about UX from high school students. Atlas Workshops
  2. 2. The Premise • Atlas Workshops offers educational travel to groups of 8-16 high school students. • This trip’s focus was “designing smart cities.” Every student signed up interested in learning. • The trip follows the steps of the design process, instead of a traditional curriculum. • My job: to help design the curriculum and lead the design process.
  3. 3. I Learned… • The language we use is CONFUSING! – What is “usability?” Isn’t everything, technically, usable? – If it’s a design “process” why aren’t there specific steps? • We have to un-learn the idea that working together is cheating. • Everyone wants to find the “right answer.” • More on my site - http://marli.us/news/
  4. 4. Trip Highlights • Me: “Someone tell me, what is information architecture?” Student: “Misery.” • On Day 6, the students became the tour guides. They explained to us things we didn’t remember having taught them.
  5. 5. Takeaways • The UX/design thinking process is a successful method for learning about a subject and creating an end project. • High school students and web clients alike need brainstorming activities and facilitation to make educated decisions. • Travel with other curious individuals is more educational than all the webinars and classrooms in the world.
  6. 6. Learn More • More write-ups on my blog, http://www.marli.us/news • Information on Atlas Workshops (including how to sign up your kids for educational trips) at http://www.atlasworkshops.com

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