How to Mix Design Thinking With Education?


The K12lab is discovering that Design Thinking is a big opportunity for the kids to be more creative, going beyond tests.

What we found in our initial prototypes -- launching an innovation lab space, creating a design thinking professional development experience, and running student-facing design challenges for middle- and high-school classes -- was that the design thinking process functioned as a kind of oasis for educators, reconnecting them to their creativity and aspirations for helping students develop as deep thinkers and doers, not just as test takers. 

They also show us modes for developing Design Thinking

1. Lead with empathy. 

2. Challenge assumptions. 

3. Make experiments happen. 

4. Share your process.