Students cheered and yelled when they saw models of their objects projected onto a huge screen. The students patiently lined up to talk to Mr. Linnell and explore their galaxy.
Woodside plans to introduce design thinking as part of its curriculum next year, with two teachers and a design-thinking classroom/lab. The program will start next fall with one new teacher, Hilary Fenton, a designer and educator from Brooklyn, New York, as the design thinking leader and Harlin Hansen, currently a third-grade teacher, as the instructional technology leader.
In addition, 10 Woodside teachers and administrators will attend summer school to study design thinking at Nueva and the Stanford Institute of Design (also known as the d.school) this summer.
The Stanford Institute of Design describes design thinking as combining "creative and analytical approaches, and requires collaboration across disciplines." Design thinking often goes along with project-based learning in which students learn about many different subject areas by studying a single broad-based subject or question.
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