Introduce Primary Students To Design Thinking

Introduce Primary Students To Design Thinking

  • Primary
  • Foundation
  • Year 1 - 6
  • Technology
  • Design and Technologies
  • Digital Technologies
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Environmental
  • Economic
  • Design Thinking
  • Systems Thinking
  • Technology
  • ...

Course summary

Design Thinking is a process for creative problem solving, which uses a designer’s toolkit to find innovative solutions to big challenges. This course will walk you through the five stages of the Design Thinking process and help you find avenues to use it in the primary curriculum.

You will learn:

  • Why design thinking is a valuable teaching and learning tool.
  • How to use the five stages of Design Thinking in your curriculum.
  • How to use Design Thinking to empower students to problem-solve.
  • How to access free lesson plans and student worksheets.

Course time:

This course will take you 2 hours to complete. Enjoy it in one session or spread it out over a few weeks. You will have ongoing access via your personal dashboard.

Accreditation:

This course is mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers. It is accredited for teacher professional development hours in the following states and territories:

Proficient Teacher – all states and territories except NSW:

  • 2.1.2 Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
  • 3.3.2 Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving and critical and creative thinking.
  • 3.4.2 Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.

This course is not currently accredited in NSW (NESA). However, it can be counted toward NESA PD elective hours.

This course is accredited by TQI for 2 hours of professional development for teachers in the ACT for 2024.

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Course Content

Introduction

Introduction

01.
Introduction
02.
About Visy
03.
What is Design Thinking?
04.
Set a learning goal
Curriculum Links

Curriculum Links

05.
Design and Technologies
Stages Of Design Thinking

Stages Of Design Thinking

06.
Design Thinking process
07.
Re-imagining resources
08.
Stage 1 - Empathise
09.
Stage 2 - Define
10.
Stage 3 - Ideate
11.
Stage 4 - Prototype - Select Ideas and Create Prototypes
12.
Stage 4 - Prototype - Seek feedback
13.
Stage 5 - Test
14.
Reflection
Your Teaching

Your Teaching

15.
School challenge
16.
Cool lesson plans
17.
Teaching tips
Reflection

Reflection

18.
Taxonomy of learning
19.
Suggestions for collaboration
20.
Congratulations

Course instructors

Mark Drummond

Mark Drummond from Cool Australia is your course teacher. He has worked in the education sector for over 11 years as a classroom teacher, Leader of Pedagogy within an Ed-Tech start-up and as an educational consultant. Mark is an absolute science nerd and loves talking about dinosaurs as much as he loves talking about education (which is a lot)!

Melanie Rowland

Melanie Rowland is an experienced teacher who is passionate about driving change to create high-quality learning experiences for students. She constantly reflects on and develops her own practice so she can adapt and grow to suit the ever-changing context of education. While still continuing to work in a range of schools, Melanie is also extending herself beyond school to mentor other teachers, write teaching resources and engage with the broader educational community.

As a not-for-profit organisation all revenue from our Professional Development courses is reinvested into providing teachers with the resources to become the designers of exceptional learning.

Frequently asked questions

How long will this take to complete?

This course will take you 2 hours to complete. Enjoy it in one session or spread it out over a few weeks. You will have ongoing access via your personal dashboard.

Will I get proof of completion?

You will get a Cool.org certificate when you finish, which you can access any time via your personal dashboard, it will also be sent to you by email.

Is this course accredited?

This course contributes to your professional development hours in every Australian state and is accredited in the ACT. In NSW it can be completed as elective PD. This course addresses the following Australian Teacher Professional Standards:

Proficient Teacher – all states and territories except NSW:

  • 2.1.2 Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
  • 3.3.2 Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving and critical and creative thinking.
  • 3.4.2 Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.

This course is accredited by TQI for 2 hours of professional development for teachers in the ACT for 2024.

This course is not currently accredited in NSW (NESA). However, it can be counted toward NESA PD elective hours.

What are the curriculum links?

  • Foundation to Year 6: Design and Technologies, other subject areas, integrated units
  • Cross curriculum priorities: Sustainability
  • General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability

Partners

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This course been developed in partnership with Visy. For over 70 years Visy has been committed to finding sustainable solutions for Australia’s recyclables and helping to reduce local landfills. Visy collects, receives and sorts paper, cardboard, glass, plastics, steel and aluminium from households, businesses and schools with the purpose of reusing these products in the re-manufacture of new packaging products.

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