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Category : Design Thinking

28 Feb 2019

Why Design Thinking Matters for Our Students

This post was originally published in the January Issue of MVmag.pub (the Mount Vernon Digital Magazine) and is written by guest writer, Alyssa Gallagher who is one of the featured speakers at Fuse19. “How was school today?” I asked my boys, ages seven and nine. Jake, a fourth grader, mumbled something under his breath that I didn’t hear word for word but I heard enough to know he was less than thrilled with his day and he accepted it as […]

14 Feb 2019

Design Thinking in Preschool

A guest post by Erin Carey, Preschool Head of Learning and Innovation, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School So, you’ve heard a lot about Design Thinking, right? Well, have you ever thought about what that looks like with different groups of people? Specifically, what might that look like with young children, and the teachers that work with them every day? Here in the Preschool at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, we utilize the principles and practices of Design Thinking through Project Work done […]

07 Feb 2019

A New Design Thinking Model – The Compass

We are risk takers, tinkerers, hackers, and most of all, design thinkers!  And designers iterate, right?! We are so excited to officially launch Compass, the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation’s new design thinking model.  And it’s all housed in our new Design Thinking Field Guide for you.   For a number of years, the Mount Vernon Presbyterian School and the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation have used a design thinking process as one of our pillars for learning and real-world […]

13 Dec 2018

A Teacher’s Reflection on Courageous Conversations PBL

Guest post by Kristen Pisacreta: Seventh Grade Literature Project Based Learning A Teacher’s Reflection on a PBL centered on Courageous Conversations This semester students read the novel Monster, by Walter Dean Myers and explored what it feels like to be silenced in our judicial system and what rights are actually allowed by the First Amendment. Students analyzed the First Amendment and evaluated historical court cases that challenged the way we view our First Amendment rights regarding freedom of speech. After analyzing the […]

25 Oct 2018

Starting with a Prototype

At the center of every design thinking challenge are empathy and an authentic user.  So what happens when you jump right into prototyping to solve a problem?  How do you know if you’re solving for the right problem? At the beginning of the school year, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School did just that –  started with a prototype for “Family Style Lunch” and then stood back, gained some empathy, iterated, and plowed ahead. Trying to Solve a Problem Lunchtime was really […]

17 Apr 2018

HMW curate a museum that evokes empathy about social justice?

Blog post by Team 3, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School   We start with questions here at Mount Vernon…. How might we curate a museum that evokes empathy around social justice? Before beginning our research around social justice, our driving question led us to investigate museums and how they are created. We decided to take an expedition to Fernbank Museum of Natural History so that students could examine different types of exhibits as well as elements of museums including lighting, sound, […]

07 Mar 2018

The Paco Project – A Serendipitous Opportunity

An amazing opportunity came my way thanks to my PLN to engage students in a real-world design thinking challenge involving Paco, a blind dog: This could also be a chance for our MVIFI team to test out some tweaks to our DT/MDE methodology that we’ve been tinkering with in an authentic setting – real user, real problem, real designers. But more importantly, it would be an incredible opportunity for students to witness their ability to make an impact through the […]

23 Jan 2018

MVIFI Transformational Design Kit cards feedback Baker-Butler Elementary School (Charlottesville, VA) -Steve Saunders, Principal

A guest blog post by Steve Saunders, Principal at Baker-Butler Elementary in Charlottesville, VA   We are a public elementary school with 649 students in grades K-5. In June seven of our teachers attended fuse17. Those teachers who attended fuse17 used the TDT cards along with the MVIFI playbook this fall in several design challenges. Here are a couple of examples with pictures and feedback from our team. Name: Beth Roesch Feedback: Dot Voting helped us narrow our focus, Party […]

17 Jan 2018

Transformation Design Kit: The Right Tool for the Task at Hand by Kathy Washington, Paideia School

Guest post by Kathy Washington, Paideia School, Atlanta, GA . A blog post about her team’s experience as a MVIFI Transformational Design Kit (TDK) beta tester. The Transformation Design Kit (TDK) is a collection of mini-lessons, tools, and sparks (interactive games to spark creativity) presented on 5×7 cards housed on a keyring. Based on the portable nature of the kit, I gather that the cards are intended to be used in the moment. In practice, I did not use them […]

10 Jan 2018

TDK Beta Test – Building Capacity in D102! by Rob Hudson

Guest post by Rob Hudson, Assistant Superintendent, Aptakisic-Tripp CCSD #102, Illinois . A blog post about his team’s experience as a MVIFI Transformational Design Kit (TDK) beta tester. We were so thankful to have returned to MVIFI through the EdLeader21 site visit. At this time, we were privileged to have experienced the culture and climate that exemplifies the level at which design thinking is embedded throughout the organization. Being immersed in the practice of design through empathy, witnessing students in […]

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