- aware of the world around
- believe that you play a role in shaping that world, and
- take action toward a more desirable future.
Ewan McIntosh from NoTosh describes Design Thinking as:
Design Thinking begins by understanding the needs and motivations of people
It’s Optimistic. Design Thinking is the fundamental belief that we all can create change—no matter how big a problem, how little time or how small a budget
It’s Collaborative. Design Thinking requires conversation, critique and all-out teamwork.
It’s Experimental. Design Thinking creates a real space to try something new. It gives you permission to fail and to learn from your mistakes, because you come up with new ideas, get feedback on them, then iterate .
· finding things that they didn’t realise they wanted to know about
· helps cover curriculum from student led focus
· helps students enthusiastic, ownership over a concept – not just what but how they learn
· half time spent finding out what they want to learn
· links to solving real world challenges
· always a connection to here and now and nearly always a connection to tomorrow
· Immersion: observation and empathy
· Synthesis: bringing ideas together
· Ideation: coming up with fresh ideas to solve them
· Prototyping: giving it a shot and seeing what you can do
With a new Australian curriculum there is opportunity to think differently. The Melbourne Declaration emphasises the importance to Australian schooling promote equity and excellence in education- a high quality of education that is accessible for all students. The second goal is to create students who are confident, creative, successful, active and informed individuals.
To continue to teach, challenge and transform in the 21st century, we need to tap into the creativity of our students and our teachers, we need to prepare for a future of rapid change – and get on board. For that to happen,
"We need to move beyond the idea that an education is something that is provided for us, and toward the idea that an education is something that we create for ourselves."