A Design Thinking Approach to Education

Event Description

By the time our students enter the working world, the technology that we teach them today will more than likely be obsolete. How then, can we best prepare them for the workplace that they will encounter? The answer lies in two concepts that will never become obsolete: innovation and creativity. The Design Thinking framework gives us the ability to develop a creative problem-solving mindset when looking at situations. This framework can be brought into our classrooms to create an atmosphere that focuses on collaboration, research, and creativity. Participants in this workshop will engage in a deep dive into the Design Thinking framework while completing hands-on challenges. We will also dedicate time to discuss and work through ways it can be implemented in the classroom.

Presenter Bio

Ben Sondgeroth, Regional Educational Technology Coordinator for the LTC

Leading Future Ready Schools – Dupage County

Event Description

Future Ready Schools (FRS) is a bold effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. Participants will engage with the program fundamentals and FREE tools to determine the best fit for their leadership style in order to meet the needs of their district. This workshop is designed to support participants in any phase of the program, from investigation to full district adoption. Individuals and building/district teams are welcome to attend.

Future Ready administrators are the foundation of a successful Future Ready School and are critical to sustainably grown in student outcomes. For personalized learning to thrive, administrators must create a culture of innovation that brings together students, teachers, other administrators, parents, and the community to share a vision for an improved learning experience. The Future Ready Framework is a research-based planning tool for digital learning, visioning, planning, and implementation focused on personalized student learning.

Presenter Bio

Melinda Fiscus, Digital Access Coordinator, Learning Technology Center of IL