This weeks ideate mode was broken into three parts consisting of brainstorming and incubation both independently and with others. Check out each phase of the ideate mode below.
During the first phase of brainstorming, I informally talked to students and friends which included teachers and engineers in 15 minute sessions. Below are the notes to capture our conversations that were recorded using Padlet.
Throughout the week, I engaged in incubation to generate more ideas and to see connections between my current ideas and new ideas that I may have come up with. My preference is to mind map or to take sketch notes in a lined notebook. I’ve included photographs below to illustrate my thinking and to reflect on ideas at various points in the week.
The ideate mode allowed me to see the interconnectedness between this mode and the two previous modes. During the empathize mode, I developed an understanding of who I was designing my problem of practice for. The ideate mode required me to use my prior knowledge obtained from the empathize mode and new knowledge from collaborative conversations students and colleagues to generate ideas. The define mode required me to closely analyze my potential problem and define my problem using data collected from the empathize mode. The ideate mode integrated the define mode by having me critically think about my problem, solutions, and other variables over an extended period of time. Over time, my ideas continued to evolve.
In future modes, I plan on focusing on creating a makerspace center in my classroom. I currently integrate argumentative writing in my teaching, therefore it wouldn’t be difficult to use STEM current events in my instruction. Creating a makerspace is definitely something I’d like to pursue a little more. Going through this design thinking process has been extremely beneficial. I would definitely consider integrating the process into my teaching practices to take the argumentative writing piece further by having students offer real world solutions by engaging in design think to create solutions.