January 27, 2018

Design Thinking

At Hudson Lab School, we use the Design Thinking process because it helps us systematically extract, teach, learn and apply human-centred techniques to solve problems in a creative and innovative way. In our "Simple Solutions" project to help improve the lives of those in our community, we have completed the first 3 phases of Design Thinking (DT).

The Understanding Phase
To understand what problem to solve for, we first need to learn directly from the people we are designing for. Our students interviewed 9 staff members, 2 family members of residents, and lots of Grands. To understand how the Grands feel physically, kids did squat holds for 30 seconds and experienced achy muscles, and they drove around a hand-propelled cycle to approximate the feeling of driving around in a wheelchair.

Observation Phase
In designing, the first rule of usability is to pay attention to what users do, not what they say. Our students observed the Grands for lunch in the dining hall, they observed a physical therapy session, and they observed the Grands in their own living quarters.

Point of View
After gathering and organizing our data, our students and teachers worked on an actionable problem statement or Point of View (POV). This part is tough because a POV is supposed to omit a specific solution or indication as to how to fulfill your users' needs. I'm pretty sure this step defies human nature since our instinct is to offer up solutions, but this is the secret sauce that makes Design Thinking systematic problem solving.

And now we are ready for the Ideation Phase. It's time for the crazy and creative ideas to go beyond the status quo.

DT Workshop

Last week, the Hudson Lab School team joined the PLUSSED team at Riverdale Country School to reflect and improve upon our work at HLS. In a Design Thinking workshop led by Scarsdale High School's Lisa Yokana and Riverdale Country School's Michael Schurr, we examined our own learning process to ensure quality and accountability while allowing for creativity, personal expression and emergent curriculum. Being innovative requires constant reflection and continuous improvement and we are so thrilled and grateful to be working with the PLUSSED team.

Thank you!

A heartfelt thank you to Ruthie, Maggie, Maria and James for this super awesome 3-D printer! We're excited for the Prototyping phase!

We're Blogging

Bookmark our students' blog to get regular updates on our Simple Solutions Project.
Upcoming Events

Prospective Parent Coffee next Tuesday

Prospective parents are invited to join us this upcoming Tuesday morning at 8 am in the Lounge. Register here.

Prospective Student Visiting Day on Feb 8

Prospective Student are invited to have a sneak peek into Hudson Lab School  on Thursday, Feb 8 from 3-4:15 pm. Register here.

Open House on Feb 13

Come learn about Hudson Lab School, the benefits of Project-Based Learning (PBL) for every kind of learner, and why our students love school! Register here.

Most Likely to Succeed Screening on Mar 1

We're screening Most Likely to Succeed, “the best film ever done on the topic of school — both its past and its future.” Hear what leading education experts have to say, learn about project-based learning, and follow the students of High Tech High as they take command of their own learning and develop self-agency. Register here.

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The Week in Photos
What We're Reading
In Designing Your Life, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans explain how Design Thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are. You can also check out Bill Burnett's TEDx talk here.

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