Early this year, I had the opportunity of begin interviewed by Dr. Daniella Smith from UNT. We had the opportunity to talk about one of my greatest passions in the library, Design Thinking. I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Smith, first as a student while I was working on my master's degree and library certification at UNT and then last year, I was able to collaborate with her on a STEM project with our 4th graders and in the fall, I will be once again working under her as I begin my journey as at Ph.D. candidate in Information Science. Here is the link to the Knowledge Quest Article.
Just a little of this and that...here is a follow up (reflection) on some of our different projects/programs.
1-Incognito Readers Club: "Shh! It's a secret club!" It is so easy to run. The Club started in October and teachers already had students in mind. They mentioned how it was so meaningful to a student they invited last year.
2-Tech Ninja Club: We are really liking the transformation! We now only are meeting once a month after-school but have added one before school meeting every week. The before school meeting spotlights a Tech Tip.
3-Design Thinking: We are doing the Food Truck Challenge with our 3rd graders. The 4th graders will be doing an authentic problem. They will be looking at the PBIS rewards and then recommend new rewards. We added a new one for 1st graders. They designed a monster character for a puppet author.
4-Google Expedition: We had a chance last year to be a part of the AR pioneer program. I purchased a set of 7 devices and accessories. I figure that 3 students can share a device and experience AR.
5-STEM BOXES TO GO: This program is on it's 3rd year. They are still are flying off the shelves. We are planning on changing and adding some more to challenges.
6-Social Media Intern Program: This program is small but is important. We train just a few students to tweet out using our official school twitter account. #kidstweet It is great seeing what the students want to share.
7-Girls Can Code: Wow! Girls come one day a week before school to Code. We spotlight a Code activity but the girls are given freedom to choose what coding they want to do.
8-Flexible Schedule: Truly from Monday-Thursday my library is a mix scheduled...but on Friday-I am flexible schedule. So far this year, Fridays have had Coding, Google Expeditions, BreakOut EDU, iCentre Reward, Pilgrim Lady presenter and Workshops on Chromebooks, Seesaw & Book Talk Choice Board.
, .Design thinking is one of the newest topics to hit the education market. This topic was widely discussed at SXSWedu in 2017. So, how did two library/media technology specialist bring Design Thinking to the library for elementary students? Here is our story.
Joining the library field later in life, I am always looking for ways to connect student learning to real world experience especially in the library. I want students to learn how to learn, not just learn where the books are, how to follow the rules or even find a good book to read. I think it goes much deeper than this. Students need to learn how to take charge of their own learning. Librarians do a great job of showing students a wide range of resources both print and digital. However some of those ways are in reality quite boring. I learned about the iSearch process first from Donna Duncan, Laura Lockhart and Lisa Ham in their The New iSearch, You Search, We All Learn to Research (2012) and then from my library certification class. I converted this in to my research model for my third and fourth graders. Shortly after, I started this process, Genius Hour became a hot topic. This proved a great way to take the iSearch method and blend it into the Genius hour concept. It worked great for the one year that I had a teacher willing to collaborate with me.
However something was still lacking. These ideas were solely focused on what the student wanted to do with little regards to the world around them. I had begun to follow A. J. Juliani and John Spencer and discovered Design Thinking and their LAUNCH process. This started the wheels spinning. I decorated my library with rockets and mission control, but again I was stuck.
This is where SXSWedu come in. Suzanne and I attended and learned how a lot about design thinking, but the most important part was that we learned how to teach students how to use design thinking. Thanks to Sam Patterson and Echo Horizon School, we had a plan. Now that we have your curiosity piqued, join us next time for part2 and see how we use the design thinking in our libraries.
Diana Colby @DianaColby Mother of eight. Library/Media Technology Specialist, one busy momma. "Live as if you were to die tomorrow, Learn as if you will live forever." Gandhi