Design Thinking is an iterative, creative problem-solving process that involves five key steps:
empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test.
Design Thinking is a human-centered approach to solving problems.
Organizations around the world – including IDEO and the Stanford d.school – use Design Thinking to create innovative solutions. In the classroom, students can use this approach to engage in authentic learning experiences.
Design Thinking helps students learn how to:
- Communicate and define a problem
- Conduct interviews and develop empathy
- Solve real-world problems and practice creativity
- Understand others, the needs of others, and their own place in the world
Design Thinking can be used in all subject areas and with all grade levels. Learn how to incorporate this process into your classroom:
Teaching Empathy Through Design Thinking
Design thinking is about solving a problem for someone, and creating a product for someone.
EdTech Tools for Design Thinking
When implemented with proper support, technology is a tool that can be used to amplify learning during the Design Thinking process.
Combining Systems Thinking & Design Thinking
Students can use Systems Thinking to identify problems and Design Thinking to solve those problems.
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