Design Thinking in K12 classrooms

January 14, 2011 at 12:37 am 1 comment

A group of Master of Graphic Design students at NC State develop creative ideas for incorporating Design Thinking in North Carolina Middle Schools. Using an interaction design point of view. Here is one example of great applicable ideas to start an educational revolution.
Picture: LR & TJB

Laura Rodriguez/MA Graphic Design NCSU
TJ Blanchflower
/ MA Graphic Design NCSU

During our graduate studio with design scholar Meredith Davis, we had the privilege of exploring her personal research—the application of design thinking to K-12 classrooms. The outcome was the development of learning materials and technologies that deploy design thinking strategies, specifically for 7th grade science.  The first phase of this project was the collaborative research of 6 design students, culminating in a series of large scale posters. During the second phase, we investigated how design thinking strategies could fulfill North Carolina middle school science standards.USING SCENARIOS & OTHER INTERACTION METHODOLOGIES
This process book represents the collaborative and individual development of a prototype system, pertaining to learning human body systems. We developed a problem statement that wonders how an expert mentoring system could use scenarios to address learning outcomes. We utilized subject matter and dynamic information architecture maps, personas, scenarios, user paths, wireframes, and interaction and system behavior analysis to develop rich, thoughtful, and appropriate prototypes. We chose Microsoft Surface as our technological entry point to foster an empathetic, interactive learning experience.

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Entry filed under: Design Thinking, Diseño Gráfico/ Graphic Design, Educacion, Interaction, Social Design.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1.  |  January 22, 2011 at 7:39 am

    It is very interesting to see application of surface digital technologies to design classrooms but it will be also more interesting to see kinect technology style applications to the same field 😉


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Constanza Miranda PhD(c) design.anthro
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* Ex.VR @ Stanford's Center for Design Research [DesignXLab]
* Ex.Instructor @ PUC Chile [Design+Engineering]
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