But as my colleague Leonard Medlock says, you have to be careful when finding free alternatives online, because it can lead to a “proliferation of design thinking sans any notions of empathy or learning from failure.”
Keep in mind, design thinking--problem discovery and solution generation using empathy and rapid prototyping, described as “human-centered design”--isn’t something you can just implement in a classroom lesson plan with your students right away.
You’ve got to work on the skills and mindsets yourself first, and develop an openness to iteration and a willingness to be truly honest.
"Big idea: Teaching kids to ask smart questions on their own
A four-year-old asks on average about 400 questions per day, and an adult hardly asks any. Our school system is structured around rewards for regurgitating the right answer, and not asking smart questions – in fact, it discourages asking questions. With the result that as we grow older, we stop asking questions. Yet asking good questions is essential to find and develop solutions, and an important skill in innovation, strategy, and leadership. So why do we stop asking questions – and more importantly, why don’t we train each other, and our future leaders, to ask the right questions starting from early on?"
The supercontinent Pangaea, with its connected South America and Africa, broke apart 200 million years ago. But the continents haven't stopped shifting -- the tectonic plates beneath our feet (in Earth's two top layers, the lithosphere and the asthenosphere) are still traveling at about the rate your fingernails grow. Michael Molina discusses the catalysts and consequences of continental drift.
"It can be difficult to conceive of the long process that's led the world to having its nine hottest years on record all after 2000. That's why it's nice that NASA has generated this nifty animation, which shows temperature abnormalities for every month of the past 13 decades. Watch reddish warm zones spread over the globe as time rolls past, like a virulent fever covering the body of a sick host."
I remember as a child having these great ideas for improving the way things were done in our household. I had these ideas but I needed a means of realising what I was thinking. The hundreds of Lego pieces I had...
Gardeners of all experience levels know that one of the joys intrinsic to growing food crops is that you’re guaranteed to learn more every year. Maybe this year you’re digging your first-ever organic vegetable garden, or you’re trying out a new-to-you heirloom tomato variety that — according to legend — will produce juicy, red fruits that weigh more than a pound apiece. Or maybe you’ve built a new compost system or have decided this is the year to attract beneficial insects to keep pesky insect pests at bay. Whatever your next (or even your first) step may be, we have the resources to help you on your way to a successful organic gardening season.
“zen garden dreaming. Journal of the contemplative garden. Search ... garden rises in Kuwait. Posted on December 23, 2013 by Grace Roxas Morrissey · ▷ Japanese Garden in Ahmadi promotes leisure & a healthy lifestyle – YouTube.”
I'm just wrapping up a 10-day stay in Mumbai, India, where I've been immersed in the energizing learning environment of American School of Bombay (ASB).
Outside the walls of this state-of-the-art, pre-K-12 international school, you find contrasts at every corner: urban slums near posh shopping malls, rickshaws sharing the roads with limousines. Step inside ASB and you notice colorful student artwork, thoughtfully designed interiors, and abundant greenery. It may feel like an urban oasis, but this is really a laboratory for innovation.
Long recognized as an ed-tech leader, ASB continues to push the edges. I heard about a number of ambitious initiatives at various stages of implementation, including design thinking, makerspaces, and project-based learning. Students also take on service-learning projects in the community, building empathy along with problem-solving strategies. These aren't random or disconnected programs. Together, they form an ecosystem for learning.
"It's all about what's best for kids," says Dr. Shabbi Luthra, a deep thinker who oversees research and development, along with technology, for ASB.
What happens when students and teachers are immersed in an environment that encourages innovation and risk taking? Here are just two examples.
Finding Materials: This site is designed for geography students and teachers to find interesting, current supplemental materials. To search for place-specific posts, browse this interactive map. To search for thematic posts, see http://geographyeducation.org/thematic/ (organized by the APHG curriculum). Also you can search for a keyword by clicking on the filter tab above.
This is why research like The Customer Experience Management Benchmark Study (CEMBS) that sheds light on reaching and engaging connected consumers is so valuable. While the full findings of the CEMBS will be ...
“Turkish hazelnuts, Malaysian palm oil, Nigerian cocoa, Brazilian sugar, French vanilla...”Some 250,000 tons of Nutella are now sold across 75 countries around the world every year, according to the OECD. Nutella is a perfect example of what globalization has meant for popular foodstuffs: Not only is it sold everywhere, but its ingredients are sourced from all over the place too.
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