Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit


IDEO has created Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit, a fantastic free resource designed to help educators use Design Thinking to create and improve things at their schools.

The toolkit provides an introduction and overview to Design Thinking, outlining the major phases of a Design Thinking project.

  1. Discovery
  2. Interpretation
  3. Ideation
  4. Experimentation
  5. Evolution

For each of these phases, the toolkit provides step by step instructions for forming work teams and leading tasks of the phase. These instructions identify the number of people, time, and resources need for each task. Additionally, the instructions provide ideas and questions to help project teams complete their work.  See an Example.

For educators who are new to Design Thinking, the toolkit provides a good introduction to the process. For people experienced with Design Thinking, the toolkit provides rich resources to support projects.

The toolkit was developed in partnership with K-12 institutions, however, Higher Ed educators will have little difficulty translating the resource to their context.

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