Give Your Student a Pencil – Ultimate Guide Why We Give Pencils, One Tweet at a Time

If you are reading edu-twitter, I’ll bet that you have seen a slow-burning debate over pencils or even this article from tolerace.org. More precisely, “Should teachers unconditionally give a student a pencil in class?” I have collected more than 100 Tweets and have curated the conversation with some amazing responses for you to enjoy. To create this article, I decided we must reside in one … Continue reading Give Your Student a Pencil – Ultimate Guide Why We Give Pencils, One Tweet at a Time

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 will focus on collaboration and … 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

Hostile Design In Schools #SpikeStudents

Like it or not, there is design in all of our schools aimed at deterring behaviors or outcomes we do not want, yet that very design doesn’t solve the problem in the first place. It ends up irritating students and teacher alike. This is the story of Hositle Design and #SpikeStudents. We will cover Hostile Design and #SpikeStudents: Background on Hostile Design as a design … Continue reading Hostile Design In Schools #SpikeStudents

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