GAFE Illinois Summit
Design Spaces for Learning: Exploring Physical and Virtual Learning Areas with Chris Johnson and Christian Long
Developing the Design Mind: An Introduction to Design Thinking w/Christian Long and Laura Deisley
IDEA EXCHANGE: BYO and One-to-One Panel (moderator)
Leaders and Learning Spaces (Workshop)
Learning at the Speed of Technology (workshop)
Life on the Screen (Workshop)
Life on the Screen (Presentation)
What If The Story Changed? (K12 Online Conference)
What If? (Educon Workshop)
What If? (Presentation)
Session Information: Session One, 10-11:30 AM, Room 208, Science Leadership Academy
In today's educational climate, its easy to continually focus on why things won't work and can't be accomplished. Federal, state, and local mandates and requirements have contributed to a school climate where fresh ideas, new directions, and the development of new pathways for learning are met with resistance and skepticism.
Changing the language of interaction is a simple, actionable step that can undertaken tomorrow to reverse the nature of how people interact together and with ideas. It can begin with refocusing on "What If" and seeing the potential of ideas instead of continually focusing on why things cannot work, why things won't work, and in effect, challenging everything with "Yah But."
Designing solutions to the problems that education profession faces requires an opportunity to vision, to dream, and to create climates where ideation is not only encouraged, but is the norm. How can school climates become environments where ideas be acknowledged, amplified, and actualized? What should the "new normal" be?
Together, in this session, well ask "What if" and use the power of two words together to reframe how we think and how we develop ideas that contribute to new pathways for educational change.
The design thinking process begins by immersing people in empathy, and the human need involved in addressing problems. The process continues by focusing on ideation, and developing creative ideas that can potentially address the problem that needs to be solved. To be able to develop ideas, the climate where these ideas are developed needs to be one in which all participants contribute, accept and extend ideas, and can begin to connect ideas tether to create all together new ideas.
1. Introductory comments on educational culture and climate, and the possibilities of "What If?"
2. Exploration of a design provocation, supported by grounding questions as a framework for ideation, within the context of design thinking.
- Design provocation: What do you want learning to look like? What does it mean to be well-educated in the 21st Century?
- Four skill domains: What does it mean to communicate, collaborate, be creative and demonstrate critical thinking?
- New model of learning: anytime, anywhere, anyone, any path, with any device.
3. In collaborative groups, ask "What If?" and develop/vision/dream new ideas. Represent your "What If" statements around an aspect of education. My example was a hallway, consider classroom, device, learning management system, library, textbook, student, teacher, bus, administrator, professional development, workshop, webtool, app, or something completely outside the current experience of education.
Design thinking focuses on four questions:
- What Is: Exploration of current reality
- What If: Envision a new future
- What Wows: Make choices
- What Works: Solution/product put into marketplace
4. Organize the ideas together into things that can be put into place tomorrow, in a week to a month or in a year or longer.
5. Take two or more ideas and collide them together to come up with completely new connections. Take two or more seemingly disparate ideas and create something completely new, something energizing.
6. Then I'll ask you to share. Everything will be put online as well.
Rationale: I see too many people in education that try to find why something won't work instead of looking at why it would. Do new ideas get shut down in your organization? Do you, or your organization, only look to improve what you've always done? Can education afford that type of perspective?
As you go through the Educon experience and develop/vision/dream with your colleagues, it is my hope that you will continually ask "What If?"
Session "What If's" from the collaborative conversation | see all of your ideas
Hybrid Ideas | collide two (or more) ideas together from your work
Watch this video: IDEO redesigns the shopping cart: (RELOAD PAGE IF VIDEOS DO NOT APPEAR)
IDEA Collision: where do ideas come from | Steven Johnson
What If? | David Jakes
What If The Story Changed? | my K12 Online conference presentation
Feel, Imagine, Do, Share Toolkit | dfcworld (this is a great resource if you are just beginning with design thinking
What is Design Thinking? | University of St. Gallen
Bootleg Bootcamp | Design thinking strategies from the d school at Stanford
K-12 Laboratory | d school at Stanford
Design Thinking @ The Neuva School | infographic of the components of the process
The Design Thinking School | Ewan McIntosh
Design Thinking Resources | collection of articles on design thinking
This session inspired by the work of Christian Long, Jeffrey D. Sharpe, David Bill, and Laura Deisley