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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- […]

11 May 2016

MVIFI’s #fuse16 partners with four organizations of Plywood People

“We will be known by the problems we solve.” – Plywood People Building on the success of MVIFI’s ambitious mission with #fuse15 to impact Atlanta through design thinking, #fuse16 plans to make another ambitious moonshot this year. At the annual design thinking experience, this year happening June 15-17, we have three major goals: Make an impact in an issue alongside several Atlanta nonprofits Learn design thinking as a practitioner, rather than in a “classroom” setting Model the possibilities and opportunities […]

05 May 2016

Spotlight: Two Innovators who Helped Build iDiploma

Today, at Mount Vernon’s Honors Assembly, I got to honor two of the founding members of iDiploma. Below are the words I shared at the ceremony, which don’t even begin to scratch the surface of the kind of work both our graduates and the members of the program are doing as change agents. I couldn’t be more proud of our two soon-to-be graduates: I have the pleasure of honoring two of our very first graduates from our Innovation Diploma program. […]

18 Apr 2016

T.J. Edwards: From Project to Passion

T.J. Edwards: From Project to Passion Describing himself as a “recovering engineer” compelled by design thinking, T.J. Edwards shared the story of how his students created a 3D-printed, prosthetic hand for Alex – a user they matched with via eNable. By getting to know a person’s needs, we can transform mere projects into purposes…and we can make school more about this work. “These problems that are worth solving are everywhere. And there’s no sense in us as teachers, as educators, inventing […]

14 Apr 2016

This Is Iterative | 204: Constantly Learning

How do we maintain learning? Where do we go to stay plugged in and continue to grow in our design thinking practice? In this episode, Jenn and Trey reflect on their learning habits. 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

11 Apr 2016

Holly Chesser: Good at Design Thinking? Thank an English Teacher

Holly Chesser: Good at Design Thinking? Thank an English Teacher “Whether it’s convergent thinking, whether it’s divergent thinking, the central thing we need to be embodying is empathy.” In this powerful talk, Chesser explained how the study of literature can deeply help us to understand others and ourselves. She used To Kill a Mockingbird, Johari’s Window and a moving quote from Rumi to weave together a compelling message at the heart of design thinking – being willing to analyze our own […]

08 Apr 2016

Prototyping Within a Prototype

It’s easy to find definitions of the steps to the design thinking process and for those who practice design thinking methodologies, it’s also easy to describe to someone what the steps are in this people-centered problem solving technique. But what I think is integral to understanding the dt process is realizing that it’s more than just a set of steps to arrive at a solution that meets the needs of a user. In fact, design thinking is not just a […]

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