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Category : Design Thinking

28 Aug 2017

Only the right problem will lead to the right solution

“What are my options?  And which is the best option?” When faced with an issue, most people spend a lot of time working on solution-finding and how to fix the problem.  We brain storm, make webs of ideas and just try to make it better.  At #fuse17, a design thinking conference in Atlanta, Georgia, Bo Adams and Trey Boden explained why it’s really the problem, not the solution, that we need to focus on. “You need to spend more time […]

23 Aug 2017

Empathy as Translation of Souls

You will never be the expert of someone else’s experience. – Mike Young At its very essence, design thinking is “human-centered problem solving.” It is caring enough and being curious enough so that our compassion motivates us to refuse to quit until we’ve uncovered the root of an issue and discovered possible solutions to apply. It is collaborative, as we must resist the urge to solve for someone versus solving with someone. So what’s the key to doing this work […]

22 Aug 2017

Adding a Little SPARK

How do you get ready to work with a group of people that you don’t know? How do you get ready to work with a group of people that you do know? How do you get your mental engines warmed up for the task ahead of your team? While there are many answers to these questions, my favorite one is to add a little SPARK. I was introduced to the idea of a SPARK during one of the first design […]

16 Dec 2016

Future Frame: A New Tool From MVIFI

On November 2 MVIFI had the opportunity to partner with multiple Atlanta based organizations and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation (AMBFF). The organizations were selected to be a part of what is now known as the STEAM Pipeline project that hopes to accelerate access to STEAM experiences for all students in the Atlanta area. MVIFI was asked by AMBFF to facilitate the first meet-up of this group to help establish a Design Thinking mindset and foster the teaming process […]

28 Nov 2016

The Movement: Transforming Education

BY ANYA SMITH (ADAPTED FROM PERSONAL BLOG PINYABANANAS) A few weeks ago, 42 students and some smaller number of adults, were gathered from 15 different schools across 13 different states for a conference called SparkHouse hosted by Education Reimagined held in Washington D.C. I want to take a few minutes to reflect on the experience: TAKE AWAYS: Relationships are key in a learner-centered environment: between students, teachers, families, and the community; every student needs to have the feeling of being known, […]

09 Nov 2016

The Impact Misconception

By Jim Tiffin Jr (Cross-posted on my personal blog, Building Capacity) Look closely at the image of the moon’s surface atop this post. What do you see? Take 30 seconds and make a quick list of 10 things that you notice about the picture. (This is like the first half of the Visible Thinking Routine: Looking – 10 times 2.)     I’m willing to guess that some place in your list you made a comment about the craters on the […]

03 Nov 2016

This Is Iterative | 301: It’s all about the empathy baby!

Jenn and Trey are back with a brand spanking new episode of This Is Iterative. This episode opens season three where there will be new voices from designers, educators, and you know… people. The subject… EMPATHY! Jump in with us! This Is Iterative is a podcast of the Mount Vernon Institute of Innovation in collaboration with Exhibit Change.  We are produced by Matt McMichael at Digital Chemistry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.   Connect with us at http://www.mvifi.org and http://www.exhibit-change.com/. Tweet us @treyboden and @jennzia

19 Oct 2016

PBL Entry Events – Curriculum Reflections

By: Nicole Martin, Head of Learning and Innovation | Lower School My favorite description of project-based learning comes from Heather Wolpert-Gawron’s elevator pitch in her article “What the Heck is Project-Based Learning?” “PBL is the act of learning through identifying a real-world problem and developing its solution. Kids show what they learn as they journey through the unit, not just at the end.” Students at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School wrestled with real-world problems this week as three Lower School grade […]

12 May 2016

This Is Iterative | 205: It’s All About Questions

What makes a good question? How do you form great questions? Can you have a “best” question? See what we have done here? Our intro is about questions… Show Notes A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger – LINK Failure Lab (Seriously, we hope you weren’t offended!) – LINK This Is Iterative is a podcast of the Mount Vernon Institute of Innovation in collaboration with Exhibit Change. We are produced by Matt McMichael at Digital Chemistry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. Connect with us at http://www.mvifi.org and http://www.exhibit-change.com/. Tweet […]

12 May 2016

Authentic Design Challenges in Project-Based Learning: Fostering Innovators — Jennifer D. Klein

This post is authored by Jennifer D. Klein, Director of Professional Development of World Leadership School, and reblogged here from the original post on Medium, May 4, 2016. Authentic Design Challenges in Project-Based Learning: Fostering Innovators “It always takes more than one idea to succeed.” — Trey, Second Grader at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School (Atlanta, GA) Since the Buck Institute for Education changed their Project Design matrix to include “Challenging Problem or Question,” instead of just “Driving Question,” the interconnections between Project- […]