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Combining Robotics With Poetry? Art and Engineering Can Co-Exist

By Barbara Ray At the beginning, people thought she was nuts. Sue Mellon, gifted support coordinator for Springdale Junior and Senior High/Colfax School in the Allegheny Valley School District, thought 7th and 8thgraders could develop a deeper understanding of poetry by playing around with robotics. “Originally, people looked at me like I was crazy,” Mellon said. Now, two … Continue reading Combining Robotics With Poetry? Art and Engineering Can Co-Exist →

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Connected Learning: Tying Student Passions to School Subjects

By Ashley Williams, Youth Radio What if your extracurricular activities weren’t just extra but a part of your academics too? New thinking on education intends to bring students’ interests into the classroom. It’s called Connected Learning and promotes the idea that students will excel in school if what they are learning is relevant to their … Continue reading Connected Learning: Tying Student Passions to School Subjects →

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How to Inspire Students to Design, Invent, and Make an Impact

Scientist Profile: Inventor By Almetria Vaba Spark your students’ curiosity in engineering and technology by introducing them to the designers, inventors, and clever thinkers featured in PBS LearningMedia. Use their stories to illustrate various themes of study like the engineering design process and the impact of technology. DESIGNING A WHEELCHAIR FOR RUGBY See what happens … Continue reading How to Inspire Students to Design, Invent, and Make an Impact →

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What Does ‘Design Thinking’ Look Like in School?

Getty Images Design thinking can seem a bit abstract to teachers. It’s not part of traditional teacher training programs and has only recently entered the teachers’ vernacular. Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand. But few … Continue reading What Does ‘Design Thinking’ Look Like in School? →

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Video: “The Future Will Not be Multiple Choice”

Educator Jaime McGrath and designer Drew Davies explain how to create a “classroom of imagination” by turning lessons into design problems and giving students space to be creative in this Tedx video. In a New York Times op-ed The MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Competition’s co-director Cathy Davidson said she thinks it’s possible that … Continue reading Video: “The Future Will Not be Multiple Choice” →

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Got a Problem? Students Can Find the Solution

Erin Scott By Matt Levinson Schools are the perfect breeding ground for fostering students’ questions, a place to spark students’ interests and ideas for designing innovative solutions to real problems. Everyday, educators have opportunities to help kids develop the tools, skills and habits to come up with meaningful, lasting solutions to problems. Take, for example, … Continue reading Got a Problem? Students Can Find the Solution →

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The Maker Movement Goes Global

Courtesy: Exploratorium In step with the popularity and growing momentum of Maker Faire, the “maker movement” is going global with the help of the Exploratorium museum’s Global Studios. After 40 plus years of work in this field, the Exploratorium, which is based in San Francisco, is stepping up its involvement in hands-on, informal science and … Continue reading The Maker Movement Goes Global →

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Harvard Wants to Know: How Does the Act of Making Shape Kids’ Brains?

A group of Harvard researchers is teaming up with schools in Oakland, Calif. to explore how kids learn through making. Through an initiative called Project Zero, they’re investigating the theory that kids learn best when they’re actively engaged in designing and creating projects to explore concepts. It’s closely aligned with the idea of design thinking … Continue reading Harvard Wants to Know: How Does the Act of Making Shape Kids’ Brains? →

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Recasting Teachers and Students as Designers

By Melanie Kahl Designers are privileged to work within a fascinating collision of fields at a time when the conversation could not be more pertinent. The intersection of design and education is ripe for exploration –– its metaphors, roles, spaces, and philosophies. These worlds have a lot to learn from one another. The design field … Continue reading Recasting Teachers and Students as Designers →

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10 Things in School That Should Be Obsolete

Flickr: Corey Leopold By Greg Stack So much about how and where kids learn has changed over the years, but the physical structure of schools has not. Looking around most school facilities — even those that aren’t old and crumbling —  it’s obvious that so much of it is obsolete today, and yet still in … Continue reading 10 Things in School That Should Be Obsolete →

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Iterating and Ideating: Teachers Think Like Designers

What do a designer and teacher have in common? Turns out there are a lot of similarities. “Teachers design everyday. They structure all kinds of solutions,” says Sandy Speicher from seminal design firm Ideo. “At any given moment, they’re designing a response to a student and how they bring out content in different ways so … Continue reading Iterating and Ideating: Teachers Think Like Designers →

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The School Day of the Future is DESIGNED

Unpredictable, inconsistent, and designed to be wildly relevant for learners, their engagement, and their development. Sandy Speicher leads IDEO’s Design for Learning domain, which brings human-centered thinking to systemic challenges in education. Her work helps educators use design tools and methods to work in new ways, to prepare for future challenges, and to transform their … Continue reading The School Day of the Future is DESIGNED →

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Design Thinking Sparks Learning in Rural N. Carolina

StudioH There’s so much fraught discussion over education reform, but at times, it all seems to become circular, undefinable, inconclusive. Enter 28-year-old Emily Pilloton. The founder of Project H Design has harnessed her considerable talents as a designer to tackle the struggling public education system of Bertie County, North Carolina, a rural community with a … Continue reading Design Thinking Sparks Learning in Rural N. Carolina →

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