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What Happens When Teachers Discover They're Really Designers?

By honing those design thinking skills, educators can become even more effective at creating solutions for classroom space, the curriculum, and kids.

What kind of changes can happen in schools when teachers realize they're designers? Last summer Design Thinking for Educators, a collaboration between IDEO, Edutopia, and New York's Riverdale Country Day School, offered a free toolkit and online class to teach educators the design thinking skills they need to transform their classrooms and schools.

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Designing Collaboration: New Platform Helps Global Problem-Solvers Share Stories

Problem solvers of the world unite: an elegant new platform lets poverty fighters share their design-oriented solutions

Social media and other digital platforms have enabled the world's problem-solvers to connect and share solutions like never before. While much of that collaboration is diffuse, spread out across a multitude of websites, blogs, and social networking sites, a new platform designed by Ideo.org (the design consultancy's nonprofit arm) and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks to bring tips, ideas, and strategies together into one toolkit and discussion platform for people fighting poverty around the world.

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Can American Students Rediscover Their Creativity? David Kelley Thinks So

Somewhere along the way, students start saying "I'm not creative." Here's how to help them rediscover their right-brain abilities.

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In his speech at last week's Aspen Ideas Festival, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman told attendees, "When we got out of college we had to find a job. When our kids get out of college they will have to invent a job." But how can students develop their job-creating, innovation-oriented talents if our education system remains centered on knowing and applying information instead of teaching creative, big-picture thinking?

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A Look at IDEO's Book of the Future

The incomparable design firm IDEO has created three visions of the book of the future. But will interactive features actually help us read?

As Zach mentioned, the incomparable design firm IDEO has created three visions of the book of the future, all of which exist, predictably, on some sort of iPad-like tablet.

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