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SXSWedu 2013

Design Thinking: Groundbreaking Pedagogy or Logic?

The term “design thinking” has been in use for more than two decades, but its meaning is still open to interpretation. Integrating design thinking into the classroom gives students the opportunity to problem-solve and take control of their own education, encouraging eagerness and innovation. This presentation explores ways design thinking can be used to equip high school students with essential skills for learning. We will analyze two case studies in which design thinking has been used at the high-school level to discover the best ways to integrate this concept into the classroom. Case studies include analyzing the NuVu Studio Model, a unique program that gives 14-18 year olds the opportunity to work collaboratively and freely with experts to solve real-world problems; and the “Modern Slavery Project” spearheaded by students and teachers at Beaver Country Day School. This presentation will guide high school teachers to discover the benefits of using design thinking in the classroom.

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  1. What is “design thinking”? It’s a phrase that is used often but with varied implications. How does the term apply in educational settings, specifically at the high-school level?
  2. How can design thinking equip high school students with essential skills for learning at the high-school level and beyond?
  3. How can teachers incorporate design thinking into their everyday curriculum?



Meredith Frazier, Account Manager, BIGfish Communications

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  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Solo Presentation
  • Track: Best Practices and Pedagogy
  • Level: Advanced
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