Tagged: Design

Design Thinking

Design thinking. What is it? A quick google gives an endless number of “design cycles”. But which one is correct? Which is the best for student learning? After looking through a few of them, it is clear that there are many similarities between them; however, there is still an overwhelming number of variations. 

Design Thinking in Action

We have just completed a unit in my Grade 5 community that leant itself nicely to the use of design thinking. In this How the world works unit, students work collaboratively as “engineers” to construct their understanding of simple machines and the ways in which we use creative thinking to solve problems.

Throughout this unit students work together to in a series of design tasks (described in greater detail below). We thought that this was a authentic way to introduce students to a design cycle. This was an opportunity for a natural connection to our previous unit where we explored the idea of a creative process.

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Course 3 Final Project: Becoming a Designer PD Plan

Photo by Marvin Meyer on Unsplash

Because I had created a unit plan for Course 2’s final project, I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to branch out and try something new. While I have presented at a few conferences, I have never developed any session that was longer than an hour. This was a new challenge for me. I was so grateful to have worked in the team that I did as they had so much valuable experience to draw on and learn from. (Thanks Reyna, David, and Liliana!)

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A Blog Refresh

To be completely honest, when I saw this week’s assignment, I wasn’t really sure what to do or how to approach it. I had done a pretty major blog revamp at the beginning of Course 2, but unfortunately when all of the Wordfence problems arose, the theme I’d been using was removed and the changes I’d made were lost. (Which left me feeling pretty discouraged.) 

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