Beth Holland

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Use Design Thinking to Create an Opportunity to Learn

From a constructivist perspective, learning is based on past experiences (Ertmer & Newby, 1983). So why do we expect educators to incorporate deeper learning and 21st-century skills — areas that few teachers have engaged in personally — without first providing those initial experiences on which to build new knowledge and understanding?

Last week at the EdTechTeacher Innovation Summit in San Diego, I had the opportunity to facilitate some hands-on, Design Thinking activities for teachers. Each one afforded participants with an experience on which they could build new understanding of what it “feels” like to be a student in a non-traditional classroom. Whether through littleBitsBreakoutEDU, or the Extraordinaires, educators engaged in the design thinking process so that they could formulate an idea of what it might look like in their classroom.

Whether the goal is design thinking, project based learning, deeper learning, 21st-century skills, or any other new form of instruction, what may be most critical is ensuring that all teachers and administrators can have that initial experience on which to base new knowledge.  If the goal is to transform education, then everyone needs an opportunity to learn.

>> Read the full article on EdTech Researcher.

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Behind the Science of Innovation – Team Keynoting with Shawn McCusker

Last week, I had the privilege to team-keynote the EdTechTeacher Innovation Summit with my colleague and friend, Shawn McCusker (@ShawnMcCusker). While I had a great time presenting with him, our process of creating this presentation provided some fantastic opportunities to learn.

The Process

Shawn lives outside of Chicago, so our planning occurred virtually. Over the course of about six weeks, we used a combination of phone calls, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, and text message to share ideas. We created two collaborative Coggles. At one point, I sent him a 20-minute recording of me talking through a hodge-podge of handwritten notes in Explain Everything. He strapped his iPad into the passenger seat of his car and then apparently listened to me on his way to and from school. Finally, we shifted over to Google Slides. By the time we both arrived in San Diego, most of our slides had been fleshed out and we could really focus on the delivery of our message.

The Delivery

Many thanks to Greg Kulowiec (@GregKulowiec) for actually capturing the talk using an iPad and Swivl. Shawn gets all of the credit for the excellent editing.

Special Thanks

Several of our talented colleagues and friends captured via our keynote in sketchnotes. It is amazing to see our thinking through their eyes. I can’t thank them enough for sharing.

From Douglas Kiang (@dkiang)

From Michael Cohen (@TheTechRabbi)

From Reshan Richards (@ReshanRichards)