Design Thinking In Action



“Design Thinking, Making, and Learning From the Heart” from Edutopia

This case study highlights the successful collaboration between a social studies teacher and an art teacher at a New York high school. Redesigning an existing multi-week unit on WWI, the teachers challenged their students to first design and then create a WWI memorial to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI using the Design Thinking process.
For the whole story, check out the article here.


“Design Thinking in the Classroom: Learning through a design challenge” from Creative Educator

In this case study middle school students participate in a Bullies & Bystanders design challenge as a part of their literacy class.  Using a novel the class was reading about bullying as a springboard, the class jumped into a design challenge to more deeply understand bullying and to figure out how to stop bullying at their school.
For the whole story, check out the article here.


The most valuable part of working with CreatEdu was... "learning about the process and power of Design Thinking AND having the chance to practice it and apply it in our educational environment. Having [CreatEdu] available to work with small groups of teachers on specific projects was an important part of embedding the methodology."
-Middle School Principal

Design Thinking increases achievement and engagement by challenging students with real world complex problems and encouraging them to take risks. CreatEdu founder Coeylen Barry spoke about Design Thinking in schools at TEDx Denver Teachers in 2013. See the talk here.

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