, .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. Librarian, one busy momma. "Live as if you were to die tomorrow, Learn as if you will live forever." Gandhi