The Design Thinkers

Okay, had a conversation yesterday (with an engineer worried about our college graduates lack of creativity) and they were really interested in how more meaningful education is needed (like MORE art education, not less) to prepare our students for a world economy, and that got me fired up to discuss “design thinking” in more detail. I just rolled-out one lesson with it (The Wallet Project, covered at “Art 24/7“), and it was a huge success, especially the collaborative mindmaps we did (other teachers started using mindmaps in their own classrooms, too)…Art is not separate curriculum, never has been & never should be. It is not about being relevant or about integrating (although, those count, too!), it’s about engagement and meaningful learning. I’m really thinking about how to take flip instruction and UbD (backwards design) and make a mash-up with design thinking to reinvent how art education should be implemented (at all levels). Here’s a great list to get started with…
Resources: http://www.designthinkingforeducators.com/
http://dschool.stanford.edu/
http://www.stanford.edu/group/redlab/cgi-bin/publications_resources.php

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~ by lgirbino on January 27, 2012.

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