Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Worth Reading...

From the archives...

1. There Goes Pig Farmer Pete Langley (Stanford d. school)- application of design thinking to explore what makes us passionate about our heroes.  The field of study includes the fans of the Dale Earnhardt Sr, Michael Jordan and Stephen Colbert.

Design thinking has always been keen on observing and interviewing extreme users to learn how their needs and workarounds are amplified; this tends to expose meaningful insights that aren’t easily visible in the middle of the bell curve. But how does a superfan relate to an extreme user and what exactly are they ‘using’? If we think of the hero as a consumable, the superfan is its most ardent extreme user.

2.  The Forefront of Performance-Based Design- insight into an attempt to build the greenest commercial building in the world.  The building is seeking to meet the ambitious goals of the Living Building Challenge, the world’s most strenuous benchmark for sustainability.

The goal of the Bullitt Center is to change the way buildings are designed, built and operated to improve long-term environmental performance and promote broader implementation of energy efficiency, renewable energy and other green building technologies in the Northwest.

3.  How We Might Use Social Business to Improve Health In Low Income Communities (Open IDEO)- OpenIDEO has partnered with the Holistic Social Business Movement (HSBM) of Caldas – a joint venture between the Grameen Creative Lab and the Government of Caldas, Colombia – to consider how social businesses can improve the health of low-income communities in Colombia and around the world.  Leveraging social business and the entrepreneurs who buil them to improve healthcare in low-income communities.  

4. Innovation Enters the Classroom- more about the impact they physical classroom has on learning.  Ideas for creating flexible learning spaces. 

“We like to offer different types of spaces for students to work in so that they can be intentional about what space they want to work in during that phase of their process,” says Scott Doorley, a professor at Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. “So we can have students jump into a space that has low couches when they want to have a discussion or reflect. Or a space that has tools if they want to be building, or a space that has whiteboards and stools if they want to have a brainstorm and be active about sharing ideas. We try to give students an environment that allows them to be intentional about what they need at any given time.”

5.  Why Primary Kids Tweet (Cassidy)- sharing benefits of having primary school kids tweet.  Development of key literacy skills through composing a message.

The tweets we composed together were authentic writing. They came from something that the children wanted to say and were directed at a real audience. Let’s see–meaningful text, authentic writing and a real audience. Isn’t that a good recipe for successful writing instruction? The development of empathy for people in another culture and the beginnings of a worldview were just delightful side benefits.

6.  Interactive User Experience On The High Line- One of my favorite spots in NYC.  Also a great walking tour experience for students.  School of Visual Arts students ere asked to create a networked, mobile or interactive installation that enhances or extends the experience of the High Line park in NYC. Each group presented a concept document that included research documentation and an experience journey of the concept to a guest panel which included a representative of Friends of the High Line. 

7. Teacher Remixed: 5 Ways To Change Our Profession-  rethinking what it means to be a teacher

from answers to questions.
Another way to put it: we should help kids find the answers to their answers. Our questions should be meant to elicit kids’ questions, not to cue “correct” answers, reward “proper” behavior, or trigger deflective behaviors that “justify” the punishments we dole out to kids. Inquiry should be our foundational pedagogy, but not our only one. Questioning our own beliefs and behaviors should come before questioning our kids. We should ask and learn to discover, not to confirm.

8. A Lesson In Empathy