Sometimes you don’t need technology to provide the best learning experience. I realized this last month as I was giving a presentation at Schram Academy, a local school here in Chennai.
Since we were addressing teachers from all over South India, teachers that didn’t necessarily have access to technology, Carlina Fiordilino, Priya Venugopal and I had to think out of the box. We decided to hop on the design thinking band wagon and introduce design thinking to India. I was hoping we would start a movement, because India could really benefit from design thinking.
Our presentation went well and the participants were extremely excited about the hands-on prototyping step. It was great to see teachers really get pumped up about problem solving. After a successful run at Schram, we were asked to share out what we did for AISC’s mini-nesa presentations. Sharing an idea like design thinking to passionate educators and having them really explore the idea hands on was so much fun. Some teachers said that it was the most fun PD they had ever attended. That was empowering.
So, I feel now that I should share this presentation with the world. Maybe others can take these resources and make design thinking happen in their classroom or in their school.
Here is the site that I created for the presentation. Please add your own resources by filling out the form on the Links page. I really hope this can become a great resource for other teachers trying out design thinking in their classroom.