Erasmus Plus: Design Thinking | 18-01-2018

Ahmad Al Dweib, namens het Exchange Program

Talent Education
Teachers and school students from Leiden (NL), Ljubljana (SI), Pilsen (CZ) and Brno (CZ) have joined the exchange program of Erasmus Plus to work on Design Thinking and Practical Differentiation during the school year 2017-18.

Design Thinking 
The Design Thinking Program aims to a wider implementation of the design thinking approach to problem solving in classes and projects. It also works towards sharing knowledge and good practices through coaching students at schools abroad with creative and socially oriented design methods. The student projects are challenging and energizing.

Examples of the projects are:
• The increase of endangered species
• The increase of food allergies
• How to make language learning more attractive
• Modern technology For more details click here

You find Design Thinking applied in all fields of industry. Therefore the students work in teams on different types of challenges with a human centered approach to identify problems and find new suitable and functional solutions. The outcomes of the program will be widely shared at the International Conference in Leiden on 6th June 2018.

Generating Solutions
The process of design thinking has a strong social element. Solving problems begins with empathizing with the people facing them. Empathy is the tool that helps us to see the world from a different point of view and understand the needs of others. This helps defining problems and developing prototypes of many new ideas to get practical clear solutions. We use ideating or brainstorming to generate many solutions that can address the problems. This is a dynamic communicating process to create innovation. Prototyping makes multiple attempts to get good answers possible. The design cycle makes failure encouraging and every repeat of the cycle is experienced as a step forward regardless of the many attempts or failures to find good solutions. Making mistakes and testing the prototypes can lead to good new ideas with great effect. The opportunities are endless.

Practical Differentiation
The aim of the Practical Differentiation project is that participant teachers broaden their teaching skills according to their own goals, by giving and receiving feedback. Using the same mindset of differentiation in class. Some participants are experienced in Practical Differentiation Teaching.

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