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Tuesday, April 25 • 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Research, Reflect, Share - Documenting Design Thinking & Making

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Develop an understanding of how Design Thinking can be used to support meaningful making in grades PK-6 and how various technologies can be used to support and document this creative problem solving process.

While teachers and schools are responding to the maker movement, some are challenged to find meaningful work to do with our younger students in grades PK-6. Design Thinking is both a process and a critical lens for problem solving which places an emphasis on empathy as students look to identify needs of users and design and prototype solutions to meet those needs. Instead of assembling a craft from a kit or creating something for their own consumption, we ask students to think about the needs of others and develop something to address those needs. In this session participants will gain an understanding of Design Thinking and how it can be used as a meaningful context for making.  

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Elaine Wrenn

Assistant Head of School: Director of Curriculum, Technology & Innovation, Echo Horizon School
I work with teachers and kids to give them the tools and the freedom to develop into enthusiastic lifelong learners. I began my teaching career as a Demonstration Teacher at the Lab School at UCLA and came to Echo Horizon in 1993 with a vision of supporting all teachers in integrating technology into curriculum. We first adopted mobile computing in 1998 and when we saw its potential for transforming learning, we never looked back. Our 1:1 program began in 2003 and currently all students and faculty have 1:1 access to an iPad, a MacBook Air, or an iPad mini... Read More →

Tuesday April 25, 2017 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Terrace D