Wiki Reflection Activity
Generate 3 or more anecdotes about your team's process that you would love to share will help teach your grandchildren design thinking when take a d.school classes. Example: In order to test how people act when they are anxious, we had people drink a 2 litters of water and wouldn't let them use the restroom until they answered 2 trivia questions (true student example about prototyping an experience with limited resources).
1) Working with the teachers at Capuchino, it was funny to see the difference between brainstorming in the comparatively low-risk environment of the dschool and brainstorming with teachers at a public high school. The cost of failure is so high there, that the fear of failure can become prohibitive to generating new ideas. Our brainstorm was often focused around "what have I done in the past," rather than "what would I do if I had no boundaries." The lesson is, coming up with things that are impossible leads to better solutions which are possible, but you have to make sure that you're willing to imagine the impossible, first.
In other words, when working with teachers, make sure you get them into an out-there, generative mood before brainstorming with them.
2) In such a short class, it's hard but vital to put together a group that works well. In our case, we were lucky to gel as much as we did in the few weeks we had to work on this project. I think getting out of the dschool - meeting, for example, at Hagar's house for one work day - helped us to break down the artificial boundaries between teamwork and friendship, which, in turn, led to more effective working.
3) In the first episode of Voltron (Defender of the Universe), the heroes of the show are captured and imprisoned, and the episode ends before they even get to find the lions that make up their superhero. Sometimes there's just not enough time to get to everything in one episode, but at least you can be ready for the next one.Final Presentation:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffM00biXQ5E
The vibe we got from the interview:
Our most current POV statement (descrip of user) needs ______ (think verb) b/c ______ (insight). :
Ninth grade teacher needs to flesh out team dynamics because they want to approach 9th grade with clear objectives.
April 27th class:
The 2-3 Analogous Situations we explored and what we learned:
Medical folks like high-level, detailed, and powerful information
systems that allow them to access and share patient and diagnosis
- Sharing and gathering information is
partially technological, partially interpersonal, and partially
professional. That is, the hospital staff can and does consult patient
history, the patient themselves, and each other.
- The best decision making practices involve working as a group to delegate responsibilities to meet patient needs.
- The mission of the hospital is both caring for patients AND educating staff.
What does it do for you when you have access to information? How can you build an individual plan - like at the hospital - for students?
Do teachers want to know the problems? Why wouldn't they?
* Trusting coworkers (other teachers)
* Dealing with previous illness (preconceptions about students)
* Individualized care (vs. class planning)
2) Film Industry
- Communication and networking are essential to success.
- Relationships are long-term, but only intense for spurts.
- There's a lot of trust, built on apprenticeship, skills, and reputation. Jobs are highly delegated and sub-divided.
- Everyone buys into the rules, partially because the job and industry is prestigious and attractive.
Is film to egocentric an analogy?
* Prestige and Glamour
3) Business Ladder
- Evaluation can get in the way of learning in highly politicized team meetings.
- Incidental contact is invaluable for learning.
- A shared vision of success is critical for team building.
- Identify and emphasize the passions, skills, and disciplinary knowledge of each member of a team. Think flat, not up-and-down.
* Buy-in, again.
* Shared understanding of being a team member.
Whiteboards from class on Thursday 22: Next Steps and Things to Think About...