Classroom activities that rely on deep observation, ideation and prototyping provide countless opportunities for technology integration. This is an evolving space to share and reflect on the tools and teaching strategies that support technology use in design thinking education. You know best, so please add to the list- let us know what you've tried, what worked, what hasn't. The good, the bad and the ugly.
We are also cooking up two tools we are really excited about: d.portfolio and a design dashboard.
We Feel Fine
: Scrapes the world's blogs for statements of feelings. Great for empathy searches.CoolIris
A great way to explore large photo collections for visual learnersStoryCorps
: A story incubator - record, share and listen to stories
Targeted search (eg. google search for "I like, I wish..." to uncover latent/unrealized needs)
Amazon review survey (when doing product-based design projects)Google trends
to identify websearch patterns using
: An ongoing community of anonymously received "secrets" via post card. CAUTION- not appropriate for all kids.
: Video posting forum. Note : Some hidden empathy gems can lie in the comment threads of youtube content.
: A "video conversation" forum
: Wishing Wall - A digital empathy mural. On display in the San Jose Museum of Art
Flickr photo montage by keyword (if students cant observe users directly)
Video studies (students need some pre-planning beforehand)
Second Life/ MMORPG experiments to explore/uncover behaviors
Make photo essays/photo journal about topic, have students take pictures and caption and explain connections between pics..
Record audio journals
: a free and open source audio editor
is an audio editor from Apple.Livescribe
-pens and journals record audio/take notes
Behavior sampling(like the pager research, you have people report their behavior/thoughts/emotions at pre-determined intervals throughout the day)
Time-lapse video of users behavior/interactions in a space Here are tutorials for still cameras
Have users make collage of photos and describe connections (took this from Ideo methods cards)Wikimedia commons
: a source for cc-licensed free images.
is a great tool for telling the story of a user or creating use-case scenarios for a product:
1 minute movies
Use the visual imagery from the above steps to prompt brainstorms
To capture and upload
brainstorm sessions painlessly, we photograph the whiteboards with cameras that are equipped with wifi-enabled SD cards that upload to a flickr account:
Smartboards for brainstorming
Wordpress, Blogger, Posterous, Tumblr: Free and hosted blogging software.
: Simple, visual, hosted, website creation.
: Apple's drag and drop website creator
is used by some teachers to quickly create prototypes of print products.
Youtube video prototypingScratch
is a simple programming language developed by mitch resnick'g group at MI. It enables students to make simple games, and run scripts based on sensor input from a scratchboard
: A database of Web 2.0 open API's out there to tap into
: Great repository of mashup resources. This link points to a quick "how to" guide.
: Create simple games without coding
: Turn content into simple shareable widgets
is a great way to quickly reach out to lots of users.
is a darling. Users can upload nearly any file type to a free drop.io box. Iit will even convert incoming calls to mp3 files. Have used this many times for remote surveys.
-group audio annotation of photos. Its really great for teams to work in isolation and then share their impressions of photos they've gathered.
Quick online video editing tools for movies/3d animation tools... http://jaycut.com/http://animoto.com/
Xtranormal: Text to Movie