|Via Eric White|
This week I will be meeting with other BIE National Faculty (NF) members at our annual Spring Summit.
For the summit we have broken into Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) and I am with the Design Thinking (dt) group.
We will be sharing with the other NF and we are looking at how dt compares with pbl and what can and should be included in future editions of the BIE PBL 101 or other training services.
I have been thinking a lot about the dt world and I have both watched from afar and interacted directly in the Twitter chat on dt – #dtk12chat. I have sat through a number of presentations from key people in the dt world including Ewan McIntosh. I also have a masters in engineering science so I’ve taken a few courses in design.
But I still haven’t totally been able to marry dt and pbl. As I talk with more and more people who subscribe to dt I am noticing that many of them will do projects using the standard pbl process and then do another project that is based upon the dt process. I am assuming that I’m not the only one with this struggle.
During my years teaching with Project Lead the Way I used the 12-step design process with my students. Since I was at a New Tech Network (NTN) school I was able to marry the pbl process with this process and I worked my projects with the marriage of these two processes.
|Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Image|
Overlapping the DT image at the top of this post with this design process I came to the following list of steps for a pbl project with an undercurrent of dt:
- Initial Problem or Idea
- Brainstorm and Build Empathy
- Consider Criteria and Constraints
- Create an Initial Concept (IC)
- Gather Feedback on the IC
- Create an Initial Prototype (IP)
- Gather Feedback on the IP
- Mid-Creation Feedback
- Present Final Product (FP)
- Gather Feedback on FP