This video is a great introduction to the concept of "Design Thinking". The video explains that Design Thinking focuses on the needs of the user and solving problems through trying different solutions. Learn about "ideating, prototyping and testing" with this short but informative video and get the conversation about Design Thinking started at your school.
The guide from Stanford's "d School" serves as an introduction to the process of Design Thinking. The guide goes into detail about each step in the Design Thinking process which includes the ability to empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test. Each step is carefully broken down into explanations of "Who, What and Why" and then how to transition into the next step. For more information also be sure to check out Stanford's Design School at dschool.stanford.edu.
Are you interested in exploring how schools are employing Design Thinking in their curriculum? Check out NIST's Maker Space blog on who they've integrated Designed Thinking into their school. Here you'll learn how New International School of Thailand uses Maker Spaces to encourage Design Thinking. Check out how they use Minecraft, arts and crafts, Legos and other activities to promote design thinking.
The Design Thinking Toolkit for Educators "contains the process and methods of design along with the Designer’s Workbook, adapted specifically for the context of K-12 education." You'll need to signup for free to download the kit that includes a 48-page Designer's Workbook as well as an 81-page Educators Guide. The Designer's Workbook carefully guides students through the design process while the educators guidebook leaves no stone unturned. An incredible resource!
This article found on the innovation excellence website gives educators 45 Design Thinking Resources and is a timesaver. You'll find links to sources from some of the most well known practitioners in the "Design Thinking" movement including Stanford's d School and IDEO. Additionally, you'll find books, videos, lessons and more to help get you get started. Also, the article features a great introduction to the philosophy behind "Design Thinking".