Links to Design Thinking Resources

Below are a number of links that will give you a better idea of what Design Thinking is and how it can be used in the classroom.

Websites & Organizations

General for Stanford Design School K-12 lab that gives an overview of what Design Thinking is and how it is used in the classroom.

Overview of the at Stanford as a whole focused on the graduate program.

Wiki of Design Thinking resources.

Videos & Talks

Student video of the design process (low res but might help you get a slightly better picture of what the process looks like).

An interesting talk on how Design Thinking can be used in a rural under-resourced schools.  From minute 6 on it talks more about Design Thinking in schools specifically.

Cool animated video about the importance of creativity in education by Sir Ken Robinson.

TED talk given by Tim Brown, the CEO of the “innovation and design” firm IDEO, about the importance of human centered design and the need to think and design bigger.

The founder of the Stanford talks about Design Thinking on 60 Minutes and how to design breakthrough innovations. 

The Clinton Global Initiative Launches its opening plenary session “Designing for Impact”.


The Project H Toolbox includes big projects, lectures, lesson plans & activities, readings & videos put together and used in Project H’s Studio H and Camp H programs.

Design Thinking for Educators offers a ToolKit (Version 2) designed for K-12 educators by Riverdale Country School & IDEO.


Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All, by Tom Kelley & David Kelley

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life, by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans

Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries,  by Peter Sims

Pencil Me In, by Christina Wodtke

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days, by Jake Knapp

The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow your Passion, by Elle Luna



“Design Thinking in Education: Empathy, Challenge, Discovery, and Sharing” from Edutopia

Susie Wise of the @K12lab at Stanford’s shares examples of the growth and success of Design Thinking among schools and discusses four critical modes underlying the design process necessary to embrace Design Thinking and make it successful at your school!  Read the full 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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