Design thinking-it's a popular buzzword these days, with companies from IBM to GE using this approach to develop innovative products and reinvigorate their operations.
But what exactly is design thinking and why is it playing an increasingly important role in K-12 education? Design thinking, or human-centered design, is all about focusing on the needs of people to ensure that the correct problem is being solved in the most effective way. With critical thinking skills becoming increasingly important in a knowledge-based economy, many educators see design thinking as a way to tap into students' passions while enabling them to solve problems in an ever-more diverse and interconnected world.
Join our discussion as our panel of experts shares their insight on design thinking and its power to transform classrooms and equip students with 21st century skills vital to success.
President and CEO, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory
Dalouge Smith is in his 12th season leading San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory. He has overseen development of SDYS' vision to «make music education accessible and affordable for all students.
Principal Designer, Visual Asylum
Adjunct Instructor, Design Program, San Diego City College
MaeLin Levine is a principal and designer at Visual Asylum. She was awarded the prestigious AIGA Fellow Award in 2008 and a DSDP Alonzo Award in 2015.
Director, Enterprise Strategy & Innovation, Port of San Diego
John Bandringa leads the Port's newly created Enterprise Strategy & Innovation department, created to position the Port as the world's leading customer-centric and innovative public service agency.
Founding Principal, Design39Campus
Sonya Wrisley retired after 33 years in education, working as a principal for 24 years. In August 2014, she was named the principal of an innovative new K-8 school, Design39Campus-the first of its kind in the district.
Senior Interaction Design Manager, Intuit
Sharon Carmichael is a Senior Interaction Design Manager focused on leading amazing design and mentoring a community of 14 interaction designers working on the award-winning TurboTax product at Intuit.