February 4, 2014
Design Thinking with Diane Darrow – from Beth Holland
How might mobile technology enhance empathy and creative thinking? This is the leading question that Diane used to guide her year at the Nueva School. In fact, why the sudden fascination with the Maker Movement? We have a changing world, and we need a mind for that new world. Innovation is becoming more crucial for financial success, and the ability to constantly remake ourselves is critical to be able to succeed.
What is Design Thinking?Diane threw this question to the class. Ideas that came back include:
- Connecting the user and understanding how to build around that.
- Encourages rapid prototyping and changing versions quickly.
- It embraces failure in order to lead to success.
Research “Deep Dive”When you think about how and why mobile technology can support design thinking, have to look at tools to give them a way to record and connect. To further understand this, Diane gave us a challenge to talk about our phones and ask why or tell me about your phone.
FocusOnce students to research and record audio, then they have something to refer back to. During focus, you have the opportunity to go back and review the information that was captured during research. In this phase, it’s about synthesizing information and determining the needs. From here, students create multiple needs statements in order to figure out what the user actually needs. What does technology promote and how can it support?
Generate Ideas – BrainstormingBrainstorming is the ability to capture everything without judgement. The goal is to develop fluid thinking in students. To do this, don’t praise or find fault with ideas in order to generate quantity. In this stage, encourage wild ideas and don’t be afraid to fail. This is a great opportunity to encourage thinking and collaboration. “How can mobile technology support this process?” asks Diane. This means that you can create a two step process:
- Step 1 – begin with individual brainstorming before bringing them into a group.
- Step 2 – build on the group brainstorm as they reconvene from their individual brainstorming.