design thinking

10 Design Thinking Activities to Get Your Group Creating – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

Reminder: This year’s Global Day of Design is on May 6, 2019. We already have over 75,000 learners signed up to participate! When John and I wrote LAUNCH, one of our main driving beliefs was around the fact that all kids are naturally creative. We started the book with this short manifesto on the need for creative classrooms: We believe . . . We believe that all kids are naturally creative and that every classroom should be filled with…

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Driven By Equity, Solving Community Challenges – Education Article

Over the last five years, only 38 students from underrepresented minority groups who attended Indianapolis Public Schools were accepted and went on to attend Purdue University (an hour drive away). Purdue Polytechnic High School (@PurduePolyHS) is trying to change that. The two-year-old high school, created in partnership with Purdue, serves 260 kids in two grades. At full enrollment, it will engage about 550 learners in real-world design challenges. Before launching Poly, Scott Bess (@ScottBessIndy) led an innovative adult education center. During many planning year conversations,…

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Engineering Good in the World – Education Article

For more than a century, subsistence miners have panned the streams of Colombia and Peru in search of a few flecks of gold. More than 40 million men, women and children in the global south make their living as artisanal and small scale miners (ASM). Some miners work full time, some only mine during the dry season, others resort to mining after conflict or natural disaster destroys their livelihood. Small scale mining practices are often dangerous, ecologically damaging and economically unsustainable.…

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Contribution: Programs Alive with Possibility – Education Article

Helping young people identify and make their unique contribution is motivating and great preparation for the innovation economy–and they’ll inherit a world that could really use the help right now. Now that we’re all connected, it has never been easier for young people to code an app, raise money, or launch a campaign. It’s time to help young people play a lead role in their own superhero feature. We recently reported on seven schools alive with possibility. This post highlights 11…

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Creating Authentic Partnerships for Your School (One Email At A Time) – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

Let me try to paint this picture. We were sitting in our school conference room on a Skype call with a Norwegian company, First Scandinavian, who creates and runs Newton Rooms around the world. Across the table from our High School Principal and Student Design Lab teacher were two leading research scientists from The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education. In the middle of the conference room table sat a PCR Machine (which if you asked me what this…

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Join the Global Day of Design on May 6th (over 75,000 learners participating) – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

Last year over 100,000 students from four different continents participated in our third annual Global Day of Design. The hashtag went viral as students and teachers shared and launched their creative projects all day long around the globe. This year, we are doing it again, and we can’t wait to see what students design, build, and make! Already we have over 75,000 students signed up to participate from 600+ schools, in over 14 countries and four different continents for the 2019 Global…

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A Practical Approach – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

In the 1930’s there was a young boy who had become addicted to and obsessed with eating sugar. His mother decided to get help and took the long and hot journey with her son walking many miles and hours under the scorching sun.  She finally reached Gandhi and asked him to tell her son to stop eating sugar, it wasn’t good for his health. Gandhi replied, “I cannot tell him that. But you may bring him back in a few weeks and then I…

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Fostering a Culture of Innovation! Students who S.A.I.L! – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Yesterday, I presented a new keynote for the NJAIS Innovation Symposium, The Keys to Fostering a Culture of Innovation! Students who S.A.I.L. The purpose was to help teachers facilitate and inspire student innovation. As I prepared for my keynote, I had to think about how teachers who perhaps didn’t define themselves as “innovators” might go about inspiring students to be innovative. First, I defined innovation as finding solutions to problems. Then, I propose that the main role of schools, who…

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The best of both worlds – Education Article

There’s no point landing the perfect plane at the wrong airport. That’s an analogy someone shared with me several years ago to explain Design Thinking, and it has resonated with me ever since for two reasons. Firstly, it exposes the solution-first approach that pervades the corporate sector; and secondly, it challenges our obsession with perfection. When I look across the business landscape, I’m continually surprised by the decisions that some companies make on behalf of their customers, without those decisions…

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Gift horses | E-Learning Provocateur – Education Article

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. I’m fascinated by this quote that Henry Ford may or may not have uttered. In The best of both worlds I promoted Design Thinking as a means of using customer insights to inform strategic decision making. However, as the above quote suggests, customers don’t know what they don’t know. Sometimes it takes an expert to show them. In an era in which the very existence of…

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Crazy Eight | E-Learning Provocateur – Education Article

Is it just me or is every year a “big year”…? Well 2018 marked a decade of blogging by yours truly, and that alone is something that I’m proud of. Throughout the highs and lows that life gifted me this year, I was able to share another 8 thought bubbles in addition to my annual list of conferences. I call them my Crazy Eight and I recall them here for your enjoyment and critique… Battle scars – We can’t fight…

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Design Thinking, or What an English Teacher Learned From Working With Web Developers – Education Article

Where I’ve Been Often it’s not until you’re pulled out of your comfort zone that you see just how limiting that comfort zone can be. As a middle and high school English teacher, I worked in what I think were fairly typical ways–I’d gather periodically with other English teachers to plan vertically and then more regularly with teachers on my grade level team. I planned most of my daily lessons alone, with the occasional experience of teaching the same grade…

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