Classrooms and schools across the world are facing design challenges every day, from teacher feedback systems to daily schedules. Wherever they fall on the spectrum of scale—the challenges educators are confronted with are real, complex and varied. And as such, they require new perspectives, new tools and new approaches. Design Thinking is one of them.
The design process is what puts Design Thinking into action. It’s a structured approach to generating and developing ideas. The five phases of the design process are (1) discovery (I have a challenge. How do I approach it?); (2) interpretation (I learned something. How do I interpret it?); (3) ideation (I see an opportunity. What do I create?); (4) experimentation (I have an idea. How do I build it?); and (5) evolution (I tried something. How do I evolve it?).
The Design Thinking Toolkit for Educators, along with the Designer’s Workbook, contains the process and methods of design adapted specifically for K–12 education. The toolkit offers new ways to be intentional and collaborative when designing, and it empowers educators to create impactful solutions.
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