Storify of #Designthinking interview with Dr. John Nash


OK, so I’m the person who isn’t completely clear on the differences between Maker Education and Design Thinking. I’m getting closer.

If you go to the #Designthinking hashtag on twitter, you’ll see a million tweets zipping by. It seems that everyone is using that hashtag, so it’s clear that there are a zillion different ideas of what Design Thinking is. I’ve storified below the tweets I sent out during the live broadcasted google hangout with Dr. John Nash.   Ben Sheridan (my Eduro Design Thinking instructor) interviewed him.   Anyways, during the hangout interview with Dr. Nash , I understood that Empathy is  BIG deal.  It’s also about hearing the problem behind what the person is saying.  Often, what they think is the problem is not the problem after all. During the Empathy stage of Design Thinking, we uncover this whereas other design cycles just jump to the solution? Anyways, I’m getting closer in my understanding but it’s still murky.  I guess I really need to participate in project to “get it”.  

So, if students are empathizing and designing to help someone during Maker Education, do these two things alone turn it into Design Thinking?  


About Vivian

Vivian @ChezVivian is a Canadian-born Chinese, currently living in Switzerland. She has also lived in Hong Kong and Indonesia. She holds a M.S. (focus: Educational Technology Integration), B.Ed and a B.A. and graduate studies in Kodály and Orff music pedagogy. She is an elementary school classroom generalist, but has also taught as a music specialist, ESL/EAL and also in Learning Support. Most of her teaching career was in International Schools in Hong Kong. She is excited about the IBPYP and the possibilities of using technology to Inquire. Recently, she has been looking at the opportunities that computer programming gives to put #TECHXture back into the hands of children. In other words, technology need not be just about looking at screens. It can be about building things with our hands; and computer programming levels-up what children can do with the things they build---encouraging higher thinking skills. She is a Coetail Post-graduate Certificate grad ('13-'14), a former Coetail Coach and one of the co-founders of #CoetailChat. Her blog home curates her assignments for Coetail and her M.S. graduate studies about Educational Technology integration and anything else educationally-related that she feels inspired to write about. Her twitter tagline sums it up: "Mom to 4, Mentor, Educator, Musician (in that order)".
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