Design Thinking Applications in Secondary Schools
Facilitated by Professor Catherine K K Chan of the University of Hong Kong, this panel explored design thinking applications in secondary schools. Topics centred around empowering children to make the world a better place, reimagining the classroom by giving students the tools to design their own space and streamlining policies and processes to allow teachers to do their jobs better.
Lisa Han, Learning Fund Head from C Program in Korea talked about how they used design thinking to reimagine the classroom experience. She pointed out 5 key considerations:
- Give students opportunities to observe, be inspired and imagine.
- Collaborate with professionals.
- Identify the current assets, the budget, furniture, fixture etc.
- Get everybody on board – students, teachers, staff, administration people and parents.
- Add a buffer in the project plan, taking into account classes, exams and events etc.
Lisa said the design experience is very motivating for the students as it gives them ownership of their own learning space.
Peter Chung, the ICT subject panel head and IT co-ordinator of Heung To Middle School, Tin Shui Wai shared how he applies design thinking, lean startup and agile to address the administrative pain points in organizing different learning activities for students. This approach allows the space to fail and innovate, and enrich the learning experience of students.
Dr Chan concluded that design thinking is student-centred , value-adding and holistic , unleashing the talents and potential of students, teachers and the community.