Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit
This toolkit contains the process and methods of design along with the Designer’s Workbook, adapted specifically for the context of K-12 education. It offers new ways to be intentional and collaborative when designing, and empowers educators to create impactful solutions.
Free download of the toolkit.
Design Thinking is the confidence that everyone can be part of creating a more desirable future, and a process to take action when faced with a difficult challenge. That kind of optimism is well needed in education.
Classrooms and schools across the world are facing design challenges every single day, from teacher feedback systems to daily schedules. Wherever they fall on the spectrum of scale—the challenges educators are confronted with are real, complex, and varied. And as such, they require new perspectives, new tools, and new approaches. Design Thinking is one of them.
This toolkit is for you. 10
What is Design Thinking? 11
What can I use Design Thinking for? 12
What does Design Thinking look like in action? 13
The Design Process 14
If you only remember a few things… 16
0. Getting Started 18
1. Discovery 24
1-1 Understand the Challenge 26
1-2 Prepare Research 29
1-3 Gather Inspiration 33
2. Interpretation 38
2-1 Tell Stories 41
2-2 Search for meaning 43
2-3 Frame Opportunities 46
3. Ideation 48
3-1 Generate Ideas 50
3-2 Refine Ideas 54
4. Experimentation 56
4-1 Make Prototypes 58
4-2 Get Feedback 60
5. Evolution 66
5-1 Track Learnings 68
5-2 Move Forward 70
Getting Started Worksheets 76
The Open Video Project
The purpose of the Open Video Project is to collect and make available a repository of digitized video content for the digital video, multimedia retrieval, digital library, and other research communities. Researchers can use the video to study a wide range of problems, such as tests of algorithms for automatic segmentation, summarization, and creation of surrogates that describe video content; the development of face recognition algorithms; or creating and evaluating interfaces that display result sets from multimedia queries. Because researchers attempting to solve similar problems will have access to the same video content, the repository is also intended to be used as a test collection that will enable systems to be compared, similar to the way the TREC conferences are used for text retrieval.
This repository is hosted as one of the first channels of the Internet 2 Distributed Storage Infrastructure Initiative, a project that supports distributed repository hosting for research and education in the Internet 2 community.
The Open Video Project began in 1998 with the development of a basic framework and the digitization of the initial content, about 195 video segments. Additional video was also contributed by the CMU Informedia Project, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Prelinger Archives. This first stage of this project also included entering metadata for each segment into a database, and creating this Web site to enable researchers to access the available video.
In the next stage of the project, the project continues to add video segments to the repository, expanding both the available formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and QuickTime) and genre characterics (student television, anthropological footage, technology demonstrations) of the video. As part of its work at UNC's Interaction Design Lab, it is also doing research on creating innovative interfaces to the video repository that enable users to more easily search, browse, preview, and evaluate the video in the collection.
The Open Video repository provides video clips from a variety of sources, especially various video programs obtained from U.S. government agencies such as the U.S. Records and Archives Administration and NASA. Although the government agency videos were produced with public funds and are freely available from the Archives, no copyright clearance has been obtained for audio or video elements in these productions. The project encourages researchers to use the data under fair use for research purposes. Those wishing to use these video clips in any commercial enterprise must bear the burden of obtaining copyright clearances.
• Documentary 
• Educational 
• Ephemeral 
• Historical 
• Lecture 
• Other 
• Public Service 
•Less than 1 minute 
•1 to 2 minutes 
•2 to 5 minutes 
•5 to 10 minutes 
•More than 10 minutes 
• In color 
• In black & white 
• With sound 
• Silent 
• University of Maryland HCIL Open House Video Reports
• The Informedia Project at Carnegie Mellon University
• Internet Moving Images Archive
• 2001 TREC Video Retrieval Test Collection
• CHI Video Retrospective
• Digital Himalaya Project
• NASA K-16 Science Education Programs
• William R. Ferris Collection
• Salton Lecture
• National Archives
• Edison Video
• The HHMI Holiday Lectures on Science
• Johns Hopkins U
• CSCW Video
• SIGGRAPH Video
• UIST Video
• UBICOMP Video
• Densho Video
• LABRI-ANR ICOS-HD
Special Collection Spotlight
This collection contains 37 videos.
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BLOSSOMS video lessons are enriching students' learning experiences in high school classrooms from Brooklyn to Beirut to Bangalore. Its Video Library contains over 50 math and science lessons, all freely available to teachers as streaming video and Internet downloads and as DVDs and videotapes.
The BLOSSOMS Video Library contains lessons to use in your classroom. Every lesson is a complete resource that includes video segments, a teacher’s guide, downloadable hand-outs and a list of additional online resources relevant to the topic. MIT carefully crafts each BLOSSOMS lesson to make your classroom come alive. Each 50-minute lesson builds on math and science fundamentals by relating abstract concepts to the real world. The lessons intersperse video instruction with planned exercises that engage students in problem solving and critical thinking, helping students build the kind of gut knowledge that comes from hands-on experience. By guiding students through activities from beginning to end, BLOSSOMS lessons give students a sense of accomplishment and excitement.
While MIT faculty members and partnering educators in Jordan and Pakistan created the first BLOSSOMS lessons, today educators from around the world create and submit BLOSSOMS modules. MIT Blossoms welcomes contributors to join their international online community to learn more about their videos and to engage with educators worldwide who are looking for ways to enrich their students' classroom experiences and share their ideas.
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MIT App Inventor
App Inventor is a Web-based program development tool to create mobile applications without a need for prior programming experience. With this tool you can create the app in the browser by dragging and dropping features and behaviour options.
You can preview the app during the developing process through a live connection between computer and mobile device.
DocsTeach brings together more than 3,000 primary sources and seven online activities, each designed to reinforce specific historical thinking skills. Register for free, search or browse the primary sources, and bookmark any that interest you. Head over to the "Activities" section to plug sources into any of the site's seven activity templates, and then save new activities for use in the classroom—or publish them to share with other DocsTeach users. To add a twist, ask students to make, present, and take activities of their own—activity creation is simple enough and web-savvy students should be up to the task.
The MIT Video website aggregates and curates video produced by the Institute's offices, laboratories, centres and administration. This includes feature and editorial videos, event recordings, academic content and more. Each day, the editorial team at MIT Video selects one or more videos to "spotlight" based on the videos' content, production value and timeliness.
MIT Video currently contains more than 12,000 videos. Here are some of the most recently added and featured.
PowToon - video creation
PowToon is a nice service for creating explanatory videos through a drag and drop process.
The mission is to "create the world’s most minimalist, user friendly and intuitive presentation software that allows someone with no technical or design skills to create engaging professional “look and feel” animated presentations".
The videos that users create feature digital paper cut-outs on a colorful background. This online tool let users create videos in the style made popular by Common Craft. It provides drawings of people and objects that users can arrange on blank canvas. After adding their narration to the arrangement users can publish their videos.
On the website (http://www.powtoon.com/tutorials/) there is a collection of tutorials on how to use the service.
PowToon's offers a free version for educators (http://www.powtoon.com/pricing/edu/), but it’s limited to 30 days and it limits videos to 45 seconds.
The service is in Beta version.
Pixorial - video creation
Pixorial is an online video creation tool with an intuitive user interface.
To create a video in Pixorial users can upload pictures and raw video footage then organize that media into the sequence in which users want it to appear. They can insert transitions between elements by selecting them from the transitions gallery. If they would like to add a soundtrack to your production they can select one from the Pixorial gallery or upload your own audio files. Pixorial also makes it easy to add text to each picture or video that users upload.
All basic accounts include 7 GB of free storage, enough room for about 150 average-length videos
Pixorial offers a free plan to educators (http://www.pixorial.com/educators/). The educators' plan provides 30GB of free storage. Pixorial offers Android and iOS apps too.
GCF Learn Free
GCFLearnFree.org provides quality, innovative online learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve their technology, literacy and math skills. Users can choose among over 1,000 free lessons including include video and interactive contents.
The Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is a vast non-profit digital library, founded in 1996 to build an Internet library. Its aim is to offer permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.
Now the portal’s collection includes a huge number of texts, audio, moving images, live music, software as well as archived web pages, and provides specialised services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other people with disabilities.
Currently the Archive contains
- Over 1.1 million videos
- Over 1.5 million audio recordings
- Over 4.4 million texts
- Over 114000 live music concerts
Animation & Cartoons | Arts & Music | Community Video | Computers & Technology | Cultural & Academic Films | Ephemeral Films | Movies | News & Public Affairs | Prelinger Archives | Spirituality & Religion | Sports Videos | Television | Videogame Videos | Vlogs | Youth Media
American Libraries | Canadian Libraries | Universal Library | Community Texts | Project Gutenberg | Children's Library | Biodiversity Heritage Library | Additional Collections
Audio Books & Poetry | Community Audio | Computers & Technology | Grateful Dead | Live Music Archive | Music & Arts | Netlabels | News & Public Affairs | Non-English Audio | Podcasts | Radio Programs | Spirituality & Religion
OpenLibrary | Software | Wayback Machine | Archive-It | Scanning Services | BookServer | NASA Images | Open Content Alliance | Education | BookMobile | SFLan | Petabox | 301Works.org