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Another round of AK12DC (Atlanta K-12 Design Challenge) has begun! This year, there are over 100 participants representing Atlanta public and private schools. We are the Catalyst for Change! We are Driving Innovation!
My teammate and I both took notes summarizing and responding to Scott Sanchez's message.
The interesting thing about our reflections, is that Kato doodled and I took traditional notes. It was fascinating to see how well our interpretations match up and I'll include Kato's sketch notes for you to compare!
There are wicked problems in the world today that we need to figure out how to solve. Even though we don't know the answers to these problems, we might know a way to begin to solve them through Design Thinking! Big Challenges!
How do we teach our kids to take risks and go after these wicked problems? Innovation is KEY! Design thinking is solving real problems for real people!
We need to continue to Fail hard, fail fast...innovation is hard! Design thinking helps us iterate over and over again so that we can get closer to the solution.
Innovation is not an event...it's a journey! It's messy! How do we allow students to be alright with this? It's hard work!
Idea+Implementation=Impact. This can only occur through a TEAM coming together and working through the messiness! Sometimes, identifying the right problem is different than we think...the design process will lead us down the path to help us find solutions to things that we didn't even think of in the first place!
How do we make the ideating quicker so that we can get to the user for the better answers? Fall in love with your user, not your idea...solve a problem for SOMEONE!
Pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks and cotton balls...it's about the experience, not the function of your prototype! We don't become attached to the thing! You CAN'T get it perfect. It's playful, it's fun, it's quick, it's cheap!
Go, watch, predict, infer, ask, converse, seek stories, feelings, why? There was reference to the 5 Whys that were mentioned in our summer reading, A More Beautiful Question. Why? Tell me more. Why? ...Find the REALLY REALLY!
Deep understanding for the person for whom you're designing...what they say do think and feel. it's what they DON't say that will lead you to the solution and help you discover their REAL need!
Learner, Thinker, Writer: Marsha Harris serves the Trinity School community as the Director of Curriculum. @marshamac74