Sewickley Academy: Resource Blog for Parents
One of the notions that is helping to shape thinking in 21st century education is design thinking. Inspired by the work of San Francisco Bay area corporations like IDEO, integrated programs offered by the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, and the wildly creative K-12 Nueva School in Palo Alto, California, design thinking offers anyone who uses it a structured, creative and useful way to solve meaningful problems. The more I learn about design thinking, the more it reminds me of a decades-old research method in education called “action research,” a research process in which problems are defined, studied, and solved in a deliberate, slow-and-steady way that acknowledges that the significant challenges facing social organizations (like schools) require an iterative approach involving all of the organization’s constituencies. This strategy is one that we use more and more at Sewickley Academy because even when it is really messy, it works.
Below, I have shared a diagram from www.designthinkingblog.com that gives one take on explaining the what-is-design thinking process. This particular example defines design thinking as a six-step process: understand/observe/point of view/ideate/prototype/test.
The entire Sewickley community recently had the opportunity to hear from Jesse Miller, a Canada-based expert on the use of social media by young people. Mr. Miller taught us all, parents, students and faculty alike, about appropriate and self-affirming uses of social media while reminding us that social media, by its nature a public, sharing, open form of media, can expose us to being perceived differently than we see ourselves or mean to be seen.
Topics: Social Media