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Invent Design Change!

October 7th, 2010 by Katie & Carmen | 1 Comment | Filed in Inspirations, kickstarter, Schools, Sketching

Join us Sunday from 3pm-6pm in SoHo!

In the last three weeks we’ve brought together an online community of people on Kickstarter who are passionate about design education. Now we’re inviting our online community to join us offline for an event this weekend to support arts and design in education.

We’re teaming up with Re:Form School, a REDU project that has transformed an abandoned school into a gallery of art for the enjoyment of all.

Please join us!

  • Record your own story answering “How did you first learn about design?”
  • Contribute your ideas and sketches to our giant wall of sticky note art!
  • Meet other awesome people who love art, design and education!

Can’t make it but still want to help? Donate to our Kickstarter campaign!

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The Future of Teaching

September 23rd, 2010 by Carmen Dukes | No Comments | Filed in Inspirations, Research, Schools, Teaching

Katie and I attended Teaching + 30: The Future of Teaching, a Y + 30 Meetup event. The panel discussion included some of the brightest minds in the field of education including David Levin, co-founder of Kipp Schools and Joel Rose, Founder of School of One. All of the panelist were very opinionated about what’s wrong with education today, some saw the system as not broken but just in need of a slight redesign, while several of the panelists talked about the need to bring more respect to the teaching profession.

When it came to talking about the future, many of the ideas for change centered around technology. Jose Ferreira, Founder and CEO of Knewton, an adaptive technology learning program, spoke of the need for more data in education – data to assess the progress of students to help identify learning styles and difficulties and to also evaluate the effectiveness and capabilities of teachers. Joel Rose concurred as he talked about the success of School of One and their use of technology to provide lessons based on student performance. Alex Grodd, founder of Better Lesson, a curriculum sharing platform, and a Teach For America Alum, was the biggest advocate for teachers. Grodd talked about the need to give teachers more resources to connect with each other and build their community.

However, despite the call for technology to help augment classroom lessons, curriculum planning and student development, all the panelists agreed that no amount of technology could replace the intimacy of teaching. The personal relationships that teachers build with their students through mentoring, tutoring, and one-on-one instruction is truly irreplaceable. So as we go on a path of deciding how teaching will change in the next 10, 20 or 30 years we must remember that the human connection is still very relevant and critical to the teaching and learning experience.

Photo from Flickr: BenLego

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Announcing Our Fall Partnership

August 30th, 2010 by Katie Koch | No Comments | Filed in Curriculum, Schools, Teaching

We’re excited to announce our partnership with the Urban Assembly Institute of Math & Science for Young Women! We’ll be starting classes at the end of September, continuing for 10 weeks through December. We’re thrilled about the opportunity to share interaction design with a great group of girls who are already enjoying an accelerated math and science education.

About UA Institute:

UA Institute empowers young women through a rich and rigorous math and science education. Through our partners, students have the opportunity to actively participate in a range of internships. Our partners will also connect our students with role models and mentors that will inspire them to not only challenge their self-perceptions but also the stereotypes that currently exist for women in math and science today.

More about UA Institute on their website.

We’ll be working with a class of 15 bright 9th and 10th graders, kicking off the season with a field trip to R/GA. For many of the students this will be their first exposure to a design agency. We’re hoping that seeing design practiced in the real world will get them excited about starting their own projects and jumping into their investigations of the world around them.

Read more about our planned curriculum .

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