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This is session three of six for the workshop series titled “Using Design Thinking to Empower Learners” 

NOTE: While we recommend that you attend all sessions of the workshop series to meet the learning objectives, each workshop can be attended as a standalone. Full members will also have access to view the recordings on-demand and earn up to six continuing education credits.

Workshop Description:
 Too often our students lack opportunities to practice and expand upon their empathetic and creative thinking skills in the classroom. Join Lauren Boucher and Brian Whitson as they share the importance of fostering creativity and empathy through the Design Thinking Process and providing students with ample time to develop their newfound skills. Participants will also have an opportunity to access done-for-you templates and support materials to create their own content-specific learning experiences that they can immediately use with their students.  

 Learning Objectives: 

  • Explain the value of providing opportunities for students to practice and expand their empathetic and creative thinking in the classroom. 
  • Design and implement activities that foster creative thinking and allow students time to build and expand upon their empathy skills.

Special Technology Instructions:  

Participants will need access to an internet device and a non-school, personal Google account. SimpleK12’s Google Classroom will be utilized for the interactive and hands-on components of this workshop. 

Participants will also need access to two devices: one to view the training and one to participate in the make-and-take component. In addition, access to a digital creation tool will be required, such as Google Slides, Google Drawings, Adobe Creative Cloud, Canva, etc.

Assessment:  Participants will use the templates and support materials provided to create a content-specific learning experience to demonstrate their understanding of the workshop objectives and reflect on their learning. 

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