Hi Design Thinking enthusiasts!
Here are a few highlights from our latest teacher training efforts:
How might we teach design thinking effectively?
the past year, the d.school k12 lab has had the pleasure to work with
many many teachers from local schools, such as East Palo Alto Academy,
Bayside STEM Academy in San Mateo, Menlo School in Atherton, Nueva
School in Hillsborough, Urban School in San Francisco, East Palo Alto
Phoenix Academy (EPAPA) and East Palo Alto Charter School (EPACS).
With several workshops held both at the schools and at the
d.school, we strive to do a better job each time and keep learning what
strategies and activities are most effective when introducing teachers
and kids to design thinking. It's our goal to find sustainable
mechanisms to support all of you in incorporating design thinking into
your classroom and school-wide activities, find connections with
different subject matters, and build a community that generates and
shares resources. We appreciate the feedback that you've given us so
far. Please continue to do so.
Last week we hosted the wonderful teaching teams from East Palo
Alto Phoenix Academy and East Palo Alto Charter School. The workshop
introduced the teachers to the design thinking process and explored the
prototyping stage in more depth. Check out some of the take-aways on this d.news blog post
and access the agenda and resources we used here
Following up on the workshop, members of the research team visited
EPAPA and EPACS yesterday. Get a glimpse of what these amazing schools
are about through this visual account
of our visit. We learned that, only days after the workshop, some
teachers have already engaged their students in design activities. Stay
tuned for those stories.How might Stanford students, k12 lab members and researchers interact with the design thinking teaching and learning community?
The school year has kicked off in high gear at the d.school k12 lab. More
than 20 graduate students from different disciplines came this past
Tuesday to the Open Studio
session. As Rich mentioned in the previous newsletter, you can connect with this group of students through the 'work wall'.
Feel free to e-mail Rich your questions & requests to be posted on
the wall (the wall and the medium to connect with it might morph in the
future as we prototype how this works. Feel free to send us your
To this, we will be adding -starting next week- remote 'office hours' (via skype), where you can chat with members of the research team. Adam, Maureen, Leticia and Jaime will be available on Tuesdays 9-12 noon.
Please e-mail us in advance (use the e-mail links above) to schedule a
call during that time. We'd be happy to help you develop a design
thinking skill building activity, explore together how to use design
thinking to teach a specific subject, point you to relevant resources
and give you feedback. Since this overlaps with Open Studio time, we
might be able to get our amazing students involved as well and, before
you know it, you are in the middle of a fun group brainstorming
session! (OK, you are on the other side of the screen, but you are
welcome to come visit in person too :)
Hope you have a great weekend!
ps. don't forget to mark on you calendars the Oct. 20th teacher gathering (5-7pm). We'll tell you more about it in upcoming newsletters, but I can promise right now that it will be a lot of fun!