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11 Jan 2017

Design Movement | 2016 Year in Review


Closing out the year, Brett calls us back to five questions from Design Movement in 2016. What’s the DNA of an Innovator? How do you run a meeting? How do you challenge assumptions? How do you make a decision? How do you give feedback? Design Movement is a podcast of the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation. Connect with Brett on Twitter – @jbrettjacobsen
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11 Jan 2017

Kawai Lai | A Night of Inquiry, Innovation, and Impact

On October 20, 2016 Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in conjunction with its R&D hub MVIFI (Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation), took a deep dive exploration into what the future demands of those who wish to design a better world. Six trailblazers from several industries shared their inspirations and provocations for what the future demands of modern day mavericks. One of the standout speakers was Kawai Lai, the Vice President of Education Technology and Learning Services at the National Association of […]

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, […]

15 Nov 2016

Back to the Future of Making: Development of MakerED Curriculum Documents

By T.J. Edwards About this time last year Jim Tiffin and I were tasked with developing a scope and sequence for our newly emerging Maker Design Engineering (MDE) program. The truth is that we had been seeding elements of tinkering and fabrication in the school for a few years, but had not yet set a vision for how we might make the spaces – Studio (i) and HIVE – and the learning that is unique to MakerED available to all […]

10 Nov 2016

Design Movement | Blending Leadership w/ Stephen Valentine

Stephen Valentine joins Brett on Design Movement to discuss his book, Blending Leadership: Six Simple Beliefs of Leading Online and Off. “Stephen is an educator, school leader, writer, and serial collaborator. He serves as the Assistant Head, Upper School, and Director of Academic Leadership at Montclair Kimberley Academy and Coordinating Editor of Klingbrief, a publication of the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University.” Design Movement is a podcast of the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation. Connect with Steven on Twitter – @sjvalentine Connect with […]

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 […]

07 Nov 2016

Design Briefs: A Student Perspective

By: Anya Smith | MVIFI Fellow, Senior and Innovation Diploma Candidate This year has marked yet another new chapter for the Innovation Diploma (ID), and as we have moved into our third year of the programs existence, we have started to work on projects that we call Design Briefs. In short a Design Brief is a project where someone in the community seeks out a team of ID members to help them with a problem they are facing in their […]

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

01 Nov 2016

Provocations: A Constructionism Methodology

By Jim Tiffin Jr (Cross-posted on my personal blog, Building Capacity) A major component of maker-centered education involves letting students learn from the process of creating something that is purposeful, public and shareable. Indeed, some would say that is all maker-centered education is supposed to be. While that alone is more than sufficient, it is actually far richer. What sits at its core is the constructionist theory of learning, a model first developed by Seymour Papert. He defined constructionism as follows: […]