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Design Thinking

Find and share resources to help students engage in innovative processes for tackling complex real-world problems in human-centered ways.

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  • Using a ‘Less Is More’ Approach to Engage Parents

    Parents of preschoolers generally want to be involved in their kids’ education—the key is to ease the way for them.
    Gina Pascual
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  • A large, studentless classroom, with large blue bouncy balls, sofa chairs, folding chairs, a tent, crates, mats, and other unique furniture.

    Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

    How a visit to Starbucks inspired a change to flexible seating—and then some changes in teaching philosophy.
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  • Incorporating Design Thinking in the Study of Literature

    English language arts teachers can borrow design thinking from STEM classes to support a deep understanding of literary characters.
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  • Designing a Public School From Scratch

    On a mission to reimagine traditional schooling, a K–8 school in San Diego puts teachers and students at the center.
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  • Birmingham Covington: Building a Student-Centered School

    Educators take on the role of guides and motivate students to direct their own learning.
    8.6k
  • Design Thinking: A Problem Solving Framework

    Students learn to empathize with others around the globe while solving real-world problems.
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  • Science Takes Flight With Paper Airplanes

    A well-designed STEM activity helps elementary students understand the basics of physics and design thinking.
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  • Empowering Students With Design Thinking

    A school in India founded on design thinking principles encourages students to be active agents in their own learning.
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  • Designed for Engagement

    A school district uses monthly missions in its design studios to increase student and teacher engagement and foster self-directed learning.
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  • Arts Integration: Resource Roundup

    All points of arts integration -- from benefits and implementation to linking the arts with core curriculum -- are covered in this roundup of useful Edutopia blog posts, articles, and videos.
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  • Design Thinking and the Deskless Classroom

    Use design thinking (brainstorming, prototyping, testing, building, and reflecting) to co-create your classroom environment with the students who will be learning in it.
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  • Teaching Empathy Through Design Thinking

    While empathy is the first step in the design thinking process, keep your students focused on this necessary element as they move through definition, ideation, prototyping, and testing.
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  • Education Buzzwords Defined: What is Design Thinking?

    Curious how design thinking can be applied in the classroom? There are a few key ingredients to consider.
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  • Design Thinking in Education: Empathy, Challenge, Discovery, and Sharing

    <p>As a model for reframing methods and outcomes, design thinking reconnects educators to their creativity and aspirations for helping students develop as deep thinkers and doers.</p> <br> &nbsp;
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  • Building Products for Real-World Clients

    Students in India in grades pre-K to 12 use design thinking to create products that address real needs.
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