Step 4 of The Design Process: Develop Solutions (Prototyping)

In the schools I’ve worked and have been given real agency to make decisions, between one and 5 meetings are usually set aside for the work of choosing a course of action. Always the conclusion of this set of meetings is a final decision. The stakes are high as everyone in the room knows one final answer will come out of those meetings and the … Continue reading Step 4 of The Design Process: Develop Solutions (Prototyping)

Step 3 of the Design Process: Brainstorm

After a diligent and timely process to understand the problem (Step 1) and to collect information as a self-study (Step 2), you are now fully ready to springboard into brainstorming, heck, your team may be chomping at the bit to dive right in! The critical element to success in brainstorming is to rely heavily on your work in the last two steps as a frame … Continue reading Step 3 of the Design Process: Brainstorm

Step 2 of The Design Process: Collecting Information

The second step in many design processes is to research, collect information, and to more deeply understand the internal product/system to be redeveloped. In education, that information can come in the form of achievement data, community surveys, classroom observations, anecdotal evidence and from meetings designed to try to organize information that relates to the the problem being addressed. This article about collecting information will focus … Continue reading Step 2 of The Design Process: Collecting Information

Step 1 of The Design Process: Verification vs. Validation

Step One of The Design Process is to Define the Problem. Understanding and leveraging validation over verification may be a much greater tool to identifying the right problem to solve — more than even a focus on empathy.In fact, when working through the design process and design thinking on your campus, being careful and deliberate with verification and validation to ask the right question can … Continue reading Step 1 of The Design Process: Verification vs. Validation

A New Universal Design in Education

To understand what Universal Design is and where it comes from is to realize how limited the scope it has on education, even with Design Thinking being so trendy. While the last 30 years has seen the transformation of our school’s physical spaces accommodate physical needs more universally, our practices as educational professionals has often gone the opposite way, looking for individual solutions for individual … Continue reading A New Universal Design in Education

Hostile Design In Schools

When recently listening to the podcast 99 Percent Invisible by Roman Mars, I was struck by the concept of Unpleasant Design or Hostile Design. In it, the radio producers described an idea in architecture and design where unwanted behavior was being deterred through design. For example, spikes might be embedded in a city building window ledge so the homeless can’t lay there, or high pitched sounds only … Continue reading Hostile Design In Schools

What Design Thinking Can Become

Design Thinkers have a good thing going – Continue the journey with me won’t you? Design Thinkers in education have a good thing going for them. There is so much to gain from the deliberate process and great outcomes to be had. Most exciting may be better meetings, happier staff and a real process to improve your school. All of which may lead to better … Continue reading What Design Thinking Can Become