Celebrating Creative Confidence: Honoring Educators Building the Movement

Celebrating Creative Confidence: Honoring Educators Building the Movement

On November 14th 300 educators and fans came together for an event we called Celebrating Creative Confidence: Honoring Educators Building the Movement. We were thrilled to give everyone a signed copy of Tom and David Kelley’s new book called Creative Confidence, but in addition to sharing the book were also lucky to be joined by incredible(…)

Extreme by Design

Extreme by Design

Extreme By Design, the documentary film about the Extreme Affordability course here at the d.school, begins a five-city tour starting next week (Nov. 4-14) to build momentum for its upcoming PBS broadcast. There are two free, public events planned at every stop: • Screenings that include panel discussions with leading design thinkers • Watch+Design workshops, a hands-on introduction(…)

Design Thinking Schools Map Goes Live

Design Thinking Schools Map Goes Live

http://designthinkinginschools.org We are excited to launch our first ever design thinking in schools map and directory. A collaboration between the d.school’s K12 Lab and IDEO’s Design for Learning practice the map is a tool to help parents and educators find inspiration from others and make the connections they need to bring design thinking into their schools. We are thrilled to(…)

Curriculum Prototyping with Fellow Educators: Jorge the Church Janitor Finally Quits

Curriculum Prototyping with Fellow Educators: Jorge the Church Janitor Finally Quits

What if… What if I took a group of teachers and led a design thinking challenge as if they were a group of fourth graders? Would this experience help teachers understand the process and mindsets of design thinking from a different point of view? I wanted to find out. I planned this design challenge the same way(…)

Breaker Challenge: The Future of Stuff

Breaker Challenge: The Future of Stuff

We’re fired up and building content for the The Future of Stuff. It is the design challenge we’re taking on for Breaker 2.0 in Detroit, New York and with global teams online. What do we mean The Future of Stuff?!?! It’s Maker Movement meets Manufacturing 2.0. In a fictional world it’s the moment when the shipping lines from(…)

Fireflies and Summer Professional Development Inquiry

Fireflies and Summer Professional Development Inquiry

My daughter came home from her after school tinkering workshop with the sweetest little firefly. The challenge was not elaborate. It was to make something that included: one cork, one item that was yellow, and some form of paper.  But the minute I saw it I was taken back to last summer: It was an(…)

Prototyping the Extreme by Design WATCH+DESIGN workshop with K12 Lab Network Teachers

Prototyping the Extreme by Design WATCH+DESIGN workshop with K12 Lab Network Teachers

At the K12 Lab Network we live to prototype. Period. It is our primary mode of getting things done and learning what works and what doesn’t. At last month’s network event we did it with a twist. We had the great pleasure to screen a new documentary film by Ralph King and Michael Schwarz called Extreme by Design(…)

Breaker Summer 2013

Breaker Summer 2013

We at the d.K12 Lab Network are very much looking forward to partnering with Breaker to build the Breaker 2.0 experience this summer. The project takes us to New York City and Detroit. In each city some adventurous 18-24 year olds will try their hands at design thinking and social entrepreneurship in a 14-day intensive(…)

2013: Edu Innovator Partnerships

2013: Edu Innovator Partnerships

Collaboration is fundamental to design thinking and at the d.school we take partnering on projects and collaborating on experiments very seriously. (Meaning we try to do good work and have a lot of fun with a strong bias to action!)We’re excited to announce the d.K12 Lab Network’s first new project partners for 2013. They are(…)

Making Design Process Your Own: Visualizations and Variations

Making Design Process Your Own: Visualizations and Variations

Making something your own is a key marker of learning. It is true for both individuals as well as for organizations. As design thinking as a way of learning spreads in schools and programs across the globe we are watching to see how people vary the design thinking process and make it their own. We(…)