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"The Thompson School District InnovationLab is physically located in Loveland, CO. The vision, created by students of the previous two years, is for a space where students are free to experiment with their curiosity and imagination in or to find/refine and develop their passion.

Currently, 2010-2011, approximately 50 students and 20+ mentors are active in the lab. Students are exploring such topics as homelessness, human trafficking, global connections, Hebrew, Italian, Russian, German, Sign Language, music production, music composition, robotics, programming, game design, dog training, soccer, computer-based math, permaculture, storm chasing,..We believe unlikely connections are going to be the vehicle to social change. Connections that never before existed or that we often overlook because of their familiarity or simplicity. This Lab Connections site is an attempt to bridge that gap, especially between parents/community and students/learners…"

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monikahardy  lcproject  tcsnmy  schools  schooldesign  democratic  democracy  education  teaching  learning  unschooling  deschooling  labconnections  innovationlab 
june 2011 by robertogreco
New Designs for Learning: A Conversation with IDEO Founder David Kelley | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights
"just cross out “21st-century skills” & put in “design thinking.”...basically what we way of thinking that adds to, but doesn’t replace, way we normally think: analytical thinking...[that's] the way you learned to be step-by-step—to collect data, analyze it & come up w/ a conclusion, like in science class...really useful, I hope people keep doing it...Design thinking is more experimental & less step-by-step. It's fuzzier, intuitive, empathic...integrative thinking, where you put together ideas from different sources...synthesis...not quite so linear, but you can build confidence in it if you do it over & over...innovation lab is basically just a place where physical assets represent our content...everything is on wheels...write on everything...Everybody wants to talk about problem-solving, but we think that the even more creative part is: What are the questions worth asking? What projects are worth working on? What problems are worth attacking, from student point of view?"

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education  innovationlab  designthinking  21stcenturyskills  analyticalthinking  iteration  schooldesign  design  learning  teaching  innovation  reflection  tcsnmy  lcproject  unschooling  deschooling  synthesis  mindset  problemsolving  criticalthinking  davidkelley 
january 2010 by robertogreco

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