Design For: Student Privacy

A student raising their hand to request permission to use the bathroom or to get a drink of water is so common practice, most of us who teach haven’t thought to challenge it’s wisdom or utility. I am lucky that I teach in a private international school, so challenging that wisdom should be easy. Except, it wasn’t. Well, it wasn’t until the challenge to that … Continue reading Design For: Student Privacy

The “Too Many Good Ideas” Problem

Educators and schools are awash in too many good ideas flowing in at all times and it is hard to be in a position to know what good ideas to choose.   Not every good idea will work in every classroom or school Too many good ideas being implemented will fragment a school program, a faculty and fragments student participating in a course or school, “a … Continue reading The “Too Many Good Ideas” Problem

Take Two Days to Plan Your School’s Next Four Years

Two day for four year of plans. Decent value right? If you need to have a road-map for your school that lasts well into the future and is grounded in a hard self-study, just give yourself two days. School leaders, you all know how hard it is to find two days, but the value of having an extended road-map and deliverables established is so critical. … Continue reading Take Two Days to Plan Your School’s Next Four Years

Design thinking in education has a massive hole in it: the skills designers have.

This is not another article looking to take down a trend in education. No. This is a statement of how much further a great idea is still to come. Should Design Thinking, in capital letters, manage to survive the great pendulum of time and trends in education, then it needs itself to iterate. See, my call to a new universal design model as one example … Continue reading Design thinking in education has a massive hole in it: the skills designers have.

Design Curb Cuts to Help All of Your Students

Curb cuts are the gentle sloping edges to sidewalks that are now ubiquitous across the country and all over the world. Yet, there was a day when curb cuts just didn’t exist. The tenacious activist Ed Roberts led a movement in Berkley, California to demand that the city make curb cuts (99PI podcast episode) to increase access for the disabled who wished for mobility around … Continue reading Design Curb Cuts to Help All of Your Students

Step 6 of the Design Process Improve Your Design (Iterations, Iterations, Iterations)

Kaizen is the Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement and the western trend of Design Thinking (Step 6) of Iterating aligns quite well here. In particular because the work of crafting a completely new solution to an existing problem is incredibly time consuming and costly to an organization’s resources. Iterations as improvements can be quick, light and effective. Thus, quality is the prize of iterations. If … Continue reading Step 6 of the Design Process Improve Your Design (Iterations, Iterations, Iterations)

Step 5 of the Design Process: Solicit Feedback (closed loop systems)

Is it dry enough yet? No… Is it dry enough yet? No… Is it dry enough yet? Yes. *End Cycle* Some dryers have a moisture sensor built in to replace the timer cycle. The idea is to have the machine decide when the drying should stop and not to stop simply on a timer. A timer has a fatal flaw as the time chosen might … Continue reading Step 5 of the Design Process: Solicit Feedback (closed loop systems)