Riddle Me This.  What Is Design Thinking?

Join Ryan and Howie as they look at the educational topic of design thinking.  To start this episode off both Howie and Ryan share some practical applications of design thinking as well as resources that they have found helpful in learning about design thinking.  As a special treat, Howie shares a discussion he caught on tape with educator and one of the curators of Starwarsintheclassroom.com, Thomas Riddle.  Thomas talks about how design thinking is used in his classroom and why he feels that it is important to develop these critical thinking skills with students.  Listen as Thomas shares how he develops empathy in his students through projects like building a prototype home for the homeless in their community.  Like always we hope you enjoy the show as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you and we hope you learned a little about design thinking along the way.

Links

Design Thinking pumpkin challenge ( Kindergarteners )  

45 Design Thinking Resources

7 examples of Design Thinking:

Proximity Designs - Proximity Designs is an award-winning, social enterprise based in Yangon, Myanmar. They design and deliver affordable, income-boosting products and services that complement the entrepreneurial spirit of rural families. Great example of design thinking at work!

D Rev - D-Rev is a non-profit product development company that designs and delivers products to people living on less than $4 a day. Read their story to learn how design thinking and innovation are helping them solve social problems.

Design Thinking for Mobility - Examples of design thinking projects that mobilized communities and groups for the greater good. Mostly US based, these projects are making communities stronger.

Design Thinking for Educators - How can educators use design thinking to improve learning in the classroom? This website provides you with resources for making the learning experience more creative.

Design Thinking at Ted - Looking for inspirational videos? Add these great talks on design thinking to your playlist. Covering a wide range of topics in design thinking and innovation these videos will give you the boost you need to start working on your next project.

Design Thinking for Social Innovation - The Stanford Social Innovation Review gives an in depth look into how design thinking can be used for social innovation.

Teaching Kids Design Thinking - Want to solve the world's biggest problems? Teach kids about design thinking and you'll be surprised (pleasantly, we hope) with the results.