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Problem Investigators: Tackling Authentic Community Issues Using a Design Thinking Model

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Participants will understand the design cycle we implemented with first graders: needs-finding, ideation, prototyping, testing, presenting. Participants will be able to integrate this model into their own classrooms. Resources, tools, and examples will be available during the session and as online resources to assist participants in creating their own service-learning problem investigation unit.


Books About Making a Difference

The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen
Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson
The Giving Book by Ellen Sabin
It’s Your World by Chelsea Clinton
The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects by Barbara A. Lewis
77 Creative Ways Kids Can Serve by Sondra Clark
How to be an Everyday Philanthropist by Nicole Bouchard Boles
Real Kids Real Stories Real Change by Garth Sundem
Be a Changemaker by Laurie Ann Thompson
What Do You Do With an Idea by Kobi Yamada
Maybe Something Beautiful – How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell
Drum Dream Girl – How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle
Going Places by Peter and Paul Reynolds
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Random Acts of Kindness by The Editors of Conari Press
Being a Good Citizen: A Book About Citizenship by Mary Small
Counting on Community by Innosanto Nagara
A Is For Activist by Innosanto Nagara
The Three Questions by Jon J. Muth
If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson
Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein
Good People Everywhere by Lynea Gillen


Designing Learning in the Age of the Singularity

How might we design school for a world where children have “perfect knowledge?” Does having access to every fact change the role of the teacher?

As we begin to envision a future for schools that will undoubtedly include artificial intelligence, Augmented Reality, and Virtual Reality, we might also consider another, more curious reality – one where students could be coming to school with “perfect knowledge,” and where machines have surpassed biological humans in almost all areas, from critical thinking, decision making and even empathy. Futurist Ray Kurzweil calls this phenomenon “The Singularity.”

This conference session is a lively discussion and visioning session about what school might need to look like – from curriculum to pedagogy to space and time. We explore big questions like “What does knowing mean?” and “What is the value proposition of “school?” What will “technology” look like? Who/what will be instructing students? What will students still need to learn?

Using the habits, mindsets and skill sets of human centered designers, innovators and futurists, we explore the emerging needs and of students and teachers in this new world construct and prototype elements of a school of the future that meets those needs. Groups might prototype learning spaces, a course, an assessment tool, or a completely alternative learning experience.

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