I hope the start of the school year feels exciting. The Stanford quarter starts on Monday and things are in a buzz around here to get ready.
Now that the school year is underway, the k12 lab is going to give this email list a weekly 'heads up' in terms of what's going on. To the chase:
1. What we've been up to this summer. A number of you on this list were at our Teacher workshop in July. We've posted the materials, etc for those of you who weren't there on the wiki. Some teachers from the workshop have been doing design thinking in their classrooms relentless and have tied it to areas we haven't seen yet. We've gotten word from a parent of a teacher from the workshop who is completely thrilled and excited about some of the design thinking aspects that have taken place (change of space, curriculum, etc). Another classroom has students using the desktops and windows as whiteboard surfaces (it's quite thrilling - try it). Projects launched include: designing a shoe for someone else, finding a perfect college for a partner, and 'how might we continue to support to our students after graduation?' (by a school faculty). Thanks to those who have posted to the wiki and please keep doing so!
We've also done a few workshop sessions for other groups - including RAFT and Microsoft. Materials from those sessions are on the wiki.
2. Call for stories. I mentioned a few headlines of things that we know are going on so far this school year. Please keep in touch in terms of how things are going. We'd love to hear every level of detail - if it's simply a quote, a lesson learned, or greater scope of what you're up to - please drop us an email! Or better yet, document with photos or video.
3. Work Wall Prototype. Tuesday will be our first session with graduate students. We're going to try a prototype with how we engage graduate students this fall. Think of it as a 'work wall' that folks in the k12 lab community can post to with questions & requests and our graduate students taking on the things on that wall. Questions and requests might look like: 'help me think about assessment' or 'i need a great example video of interviewing' or i would love someone to come observe/help in my classroom on Oct 15th...'. We're exploring how this 'wall' might work, but for now, if you have anything you would post on the wall, please email it to me.
4. Teacher Event on the evening of Tuesday October 20th: 5pm - 7pm. Mark your calendars! The POV of the evening is to honor the work that you are doing, have some fun, drinks, and come together as a community around this work. Can't wait to see you then!
5. Sad news from Bayside Middle School. Bayside Middle School science teacher John Edward McGuinness was killed in a motorcycle accident on the morning of September 11th. We are saddened about losing a member of the k12 lab community, and our thoughts are with his family and students.
That's all for this week. Keep up on the latest d.school news at