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This is an active space for the community to share their reflections on teaching and learning

through design thinking.

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I am loving the conversations that have emerged through this process! The kids have gone really deep into the text and really wide in terms of thinking about the process and I can tell you, I am hooked on design!!!!


I have really begun to think about what my next challenge will be and how I can begin to release the process and challenge-making over to my kids. I am also interested in how I can get them out in the community and get them involved in observing things related to their standards and shift the purpose of reading over to them.


Thanks again for your support and for your help in making this happen!


-Melissa Pelochino

East Palo Alto Academy Teacher


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As the principal and speaking from the administrative team’s view, we underwent concurrent training at the Boot Camp and played for a year as designers of our school procedures. We found that it was freeing to prototype our solutions to supervision, lining up students, solving problems of daily life for running a school with design thinking as our frame. We also asked teachers to respond to several of our full school questions about student engagement, safety and academic success with the design thinking process. What we found was and continues to be a level of spontaneity and spark to solutions that were heretofore painstaking prior to these approaches. Design thinking fits the needs of an ever changing school and student population, but expecting staff to respond easily to our changing prototyping is not always popular. We expect that as design thinking becomes our school-wide approach, there will be more flexibility with prototyping from staff.

-Jeanne Elliot

Principal Bayside STEM Academy

Read Jeanne's entire comments here.

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I thought the event was fantastic. I appreciated how your crew took us through the project, starting with dinner and exploring and getting information through our adventures on the streets of Palo Alto, into the lab, through the design process, testers and presentations. I thought the staff was very warm, professional and it felt engaging and exciting to be a part of such an innovative approach to education. My brain was racing with neat ideas of how to extend the design process to students and teachers out in our schools. Thanks for including me. I loved it and wanted more!

-Elizabeth Day

Vice Principal EPAA Academy


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I just wanted to tell you that I had a great time a the design boot camp. I am fascinated by what the d.school is trying to do in k12 education....Unlike all the other teachers, at present, I have some free time and was wondering if I could meet with you to learn more about the d.school what we might do this spring at EPAA...Let me know what you think. I'd love to learn more...

-Toni Allen

East Palo Alto Academy Teacher




Comments

Anna Herzlinger
Jul 28, 2009

I like how the activities have made me think more about how to make the design/creativity process different in my art classroom. I feel that these tools are so integral to the art making process, but organized in a way that is different than I had previously thought.

Jane Olson
Jul 28, 2009

I'm excited to learn the design thinking process. I've got a great idea for a design project for my high school seniors that I can't wait to get started on.

Brigetta Brown
Jul 28, 2009

The d-school gave me a great deal of information to think about. It has provided me with a variety of ways that I can tweak my curriculum.

Tiffany Chandler
Jul 28, 2009

Going through the d.thinking process has inspired me to integrate these types of experiences into all aspects of my classroom. The best part of coming up with new projects for my students is knowing how much they are going to enjoy them.

Joan Dame
Jul 28, 2009

Lots to ponder and practice!

Anne Gronet
Jul 28, 2009

I love the concept of "empathy" and design. The story-telling piece is compelling.

Marcia Barton
Jul 28, 2009

Fabulous synergy with my group today! Gives rise to questions about group dynamics with 9 & 10 year olds.

Veena Das
Jul 28, 2009

Hi, we are Deepa and Veena from the Riverside School, India, we have just completed 2 days of the the 3 day workshop at d school on design thinking. This workshop has helped us validate the work we do back home. Collaborating with teachers from different schools in America has given us an insight into how educators all over the world are trying to equip children with skill sets required for the 21st century. In the workshop each stage of the design process was clearly spelt out and closing the loop for each was also done very effectively. It has been a wonderful experience!!! See you tomorrow.
Veena and Deepa

Vridhi Tuli
Jul 28, 2009

This is Sandra Feder. I love learning about the design process and found the empathy and storytelling pieces very compelling.

Wendy Feltham
Jul 28, 2009

Wendy Feltham
Having observed students and teachers using design thinking in The Nueva School's I-Lab (Innovation Lab) all year as the new Head of Lower School, I am excited to finally participate in the training myself. The wallet exercise was very helpful to me, with its focus on gaining empathy and creating a quick prototype of a product. I am excited to embark upon my own work using the design process with faculty. This afternoon I got some great suggestions from the other two people in my group for my first project.

Jennifer Wakefield
Jul 28, 2009

I was so thrilled to be able to go through the design process once completely from start to finish, to really get a sense of the overall picture, and then go back and look at each step in more depth. I loved the collaborative nature of the workshop, and despite my initial reluctance, I think the time constraints have been super helpful and purposeful. One thing I need to work on is keeping my own perfectionism in check during the prototyping phase -- it doesn't have to be perfect, I just have to get it out there and give it a try!

Tripp Robbins
Jul 28, 2009

Oh great: now my wife wants a Food Wand.

There are worse problems to have, I guess.

My wife is involved in hiring at our school, and at dinner tonight we got talking about how to improve the hiring process (which is notoriously challenging everywhere, it seems: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/12/15/081215fa_fact_gladwell). After a few minutes of ideating ;) we came up with the thought to reverse engineer hiring from bad hires (i.e., people who didn't work out well at the school). This is really just using the D-Think process to first identify the problems and then create ways to improve the hiring process.

After talking with my two partners this afternoon, I'm excited to work on my plan for teaching my moviemaking students the D-Think process in depth, starting the year off with that as our foundation. The class is really a way at getting at fostering creativity anyway, so this will formalize some of the things we do and give us some common language for it. Fun.

Suzanne Fast
Jul 28, 2009

I think reviewing the design process was a great way to start. I enjoyed working with my group to design a prototype. The storytelling added an interesting twist to the design process.

I am looking forward to creating design projects that will work with my 2nd graders.

Serge Morgan
Jul 28, 2009

Heard around 524A:

"Make something. Make something now."
"You've got three minutes."
"This is good. Now come up with something crazy, wild and impossible."
"Rich has relented. You now have 37 seconds more for lunch."
"YES-YES-YES..."
"Character oriented prototype ideation."

I am impatient to try out this process with my students. I think it will help with getting them involved and haing them own the outcomes.

Vridhi Tuli
Jul 28, 2009

This is Margie DeWolfe. I really enjoyed learning a different way to have students get motivated. I am looking forward to working with my eighth graders!!!!!

Rebecca Newsom
Jul 28, 2009

I was reminded yesterday that the more wildly I think, the easier it is to come up with a design idea that really hits the mark. I love being pushed to get outside my usual box of literalism.

Mingjung Chen
Jul 28, 2009

I love the design process. I will definitely try them out next year. The empathy and storytelling pieces are very compelling to me too. Cannot wait to see my students observe the world from a Chinese perspective and tell the story in Mandarin!

Greg Monfils
Jul 28, 2009

I'm grateful for the opportunity to visualize ideas and to provide a process that can be accessed instead of relying on instincts. I'm impressed by the impact of tight time constraints in the midst of collaboration. I appreciate having a vocabulary to access, too. Finally, the creation of prototypes also reminds me to have more liberating assessments in my classes.

Kim Overton
Jul 28, 2009

This is my second time around at boot camp (thank you dschool faculty) and it is fun to compare the experiences and also be reminded about the excitement of hearing and contributing "wild" ideas, the pressure of acting fast-- not so much talking!, the benefits and insights gained by working in groups, getting user feedback early... and much more! I feel so strongly about focusing on empathy and providing experiences for students to walk in some one else's shoes. I am still working on the idea that, "yes, my design challenge is not about me-- at all!" It is a pleasure to observe and hear how the dschool team is open to sharing info, open to questions, open to different perspectives, open to tired boot campers needing yet another explanation-- thank you. You walk the talk! !

Tom Keating
Jul 29, 2009

I spent five summers leading Design Challenge Institutes at the Tech Museum of Innovation. It is great fun to be on the other side of the Institute experience. As always, design learning coupled with inspiring colleagues is an unbeatable combination.

Algis Sodonis
Jul 29, 2009

Though design challenges are not new to me, I find some of the articulated practices and language around brainstorming prototyping and iterating helpful and thought provoking. Looking forward to finding new ways to integrate this into my projects.

Denise Rodrigues
Jul 29, 2009

Denise Rodrigues
I'm excited to work to implement the design process into the curriculum. Lots to think about & process.

Keely Malone
Jul 29, 2009

It has been wonderful to go through this process ourselves before asking our students to do it. Design challenges are new to me and my head has been spinning all night with ideas of how to implement it in the classroom. I'm excited for our time together today so that I can firm up a plan!

Daphna Woolfe
Jul 29, 2009

The activities were strong, especially for those people who are new to design thinking. It would have been helpful to identify the levels of all participants and differentiate the instruction and outcomes.

Kendall Surfus
Jul 29, 2009

I'm having a fantastic time with you all! I loved how you had us engage in a mini-design task first, so that we could get a feeling for the whole design cycle before jumping into a larger-scale project. I would like to hear more about the k12 lab, since the work you do here is new to me: What outcomes are you trying to reach with integrating design thinking into classrooms? How does design thinking facilitate student mastery of content?

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