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With no experience in design thinking, it was a tremendous experience for me. Because I so enjoyed the weekend of design, I was thrilled to read the news today that the movers and shakers at Nearpod, one of my fave webtools, collaborated with the designers and thinkers at Stanford to create a high school introduction to design thinking. The premise is very cool. First students answer questions in order to partner with someone. Then they tackle a PBL with a goal of creating something that will help the partner's morning get off to a better start. The Nearpod Presentation walks the teacher and students through the process, alternately teaching some design thinking and challenging students to apply the steps to the problem at hand. By the end of what seems like two class periods, the students should have prototyped their ideas.
The materials developed by Nearpod and Stanford are detailed enough that I could do it with little background but rich enough that I don't think I would need to supplement the project. They supply the presentation you can use in class, a template you can alter for a different version of a task, and a teacher guide. Take a look:
One of the things I like best is that they show how this tool can very much be used to support inquiry learning or PBLs. At first glance Nearpod looks like it could be just a lecture enhancer. This terrific set of tools shows that Nearpod is so much more. I am looking forward to showcasing this presentation next month at the Educate to Innovate STEM Conference at Clarion University.
If you are a high school teacher and you use Nearpod, I recommend you check it out. If you don't already use Nearpod, this might be a great time to take a look at this tool.