Design Thinking Standards for K-12 Students

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The Design Thinking Standards (DTS) provide educators a foundation of what students are expected to learn and do when using the design thinking method. These learning goals are guidelines that educators can use, adjust and modify to meet the needs of their students. The following standards were developed based on the work and teachings of the (Institute of Design at Stanford University), a leader in design thinking education, and its K12 Lab Network, a program that brings design thinking into schools.

The DTS are composed of design practices (skills that students will be able to do), core design ideas (knowledge that students will understand), and design mindsets (set of attitudes essential for effective application of design thinking).

There are two sets of DTS’s. The first set of standards incorporates the K12 Lab’s design thinking principles (or mindsets) and is recommended for educators who teach design thinking to grade K-5 students. These principles or mindsets are straightforward and easier to understand by elementary students. The second set of DTS incorporates the liberatory design process and its set of mindsets. The liberatory design mindsets are slightly more complex and would be suitable for educators who teach design thinking to grade 6-12 students.

Please visit my website to find the standards. You will also find links to the Google Doc version of these standards. design thinking standards

How To: Quick Tutorial for New Google Slides Presentation

This video will show you how to use Google Slides like a Google App expert!

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Outro: “Falling Down”

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STEM Activity for 2nd Grade: Self Identity Box

Our 2nd graders built a foldable box that contained objects that represented who they were. This project incorporated social studies, engineering, science and mathematics.

In design class, Becca Goess and I helped students build and design their foldable boxes. We first had them learn about measurements to gain an understanding of the size and dimensions of their box.

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How to Create a Professional Logo

This video was created for my 3rd grade class. After drawing their logo, they needed to take a picture of it and upload it to their Google Drive. Finally they used Google Drawing to create their logos.

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Virtual Museum Template Using Apple’s Keynote

Virtual museums are great digital tools that students can use to show what they know and what they are able to do. They can demonstrate their knowledge and skills by creating exhibits about any academic subject or topic. It is also a way to enhance learning and provides visitors an augmented, interactive learning experience.

My colleague, Javier Hernandez, presented a PD on virtual museums using Apple’s Keynote. I thought I would create my own version for my students to use. If you would like to try out my Keynote Virtual Museum template, please click on this link:

Students first get to choose one of the six Museum slides and then type in the name of their museum, for example, Virtual South Korea Cultural Museum.screen-shot-2017-01-28-at-2-23-23-pmscreen-shot-2017-01-28-at-2-23-25-pmscreen-shot-2017-01-28-at-2-23-27-pmscreen-shot-2017-01-28-at-2-23-29-pmscreen-shot-2017-01-28-at-2-23-30-pmscreen-shot-2017-01-28-at-2-23-32-pm

After entering the museum, you arrive at the “Lobby” where you can access different rooms by clicking on the arrows. For the 5th grade project, rooms 1-6 would be designated for specific topic of a world culture (ex. beliefs, arts, and customs).


When you click on the a “Room” arrow, you will be taken to a room that holds multiple exhibits. Here students can insert images of their museum piece onto the designated boxes and rename the text appropriately. You will also find a “Lobby” arrow on each slide if you wish to choose to enter another room.


You can click on these designated boxes and the Artifact text boxes in the room and it will send you to the Artifact slide. The slide below is what will appear. You can provide an image/video and detailed information about the museum piece.


Make sure students fill out the “Reference” slide when referring resources in their work!


And finally, the “Curator’s Office” slide is where students can provide an image of themselves, as well as provide a short description about themselves.


Again for those of you who would like to try out my Virtual Museum template, please click on this link:

Hope you enjoy the educational tool!


How to Make a Website! New Wix Tutorial

In this video, learn how to create a stunning website with! With Wix’s intuitive interface and advanced design features, I believe is the best way for beginners and even professional web designers to easily, create quality websites in just a couple of minutes.

Intro Music by Ryan Little