Reinventing School - A Design Thinking Challenge

Mission: Encourage life-long learning, promote alternative learning environments and equip you with 21st Century skills.
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  • Hello, I am a Dad, versalist, an edupunk addicted to creative pursuits. I live to love and learn, and I love to learn to live. Most of all, I live life on purpose.

    I must know why and how, and I explore by trying new things or old things in new ways.

    I am grateful, I am eternally expanding and sharing my knowledge and I nurture talent wherever I go.

    Born in Puerto Rico, I have been to many places, done many things and I continue to be and do many things. I now live in Melbourne Australia, the most liveable city in the world.

    Currently I am a passionate career coach, digital producer, educator and change agent and spanning over 25 years I've dabbled in these:

    • Apprentice Hairdresser
    • Make Up Artist
    • Roadie
    • Pop Star
    • Composer
    • Cook
    • Dishwasher
    • Marketing Assistant
    • Youth Worker
    • Community Manager
    • Social Media Advisor
    • Educator/ Trainer
    • IT Consultant
    • Blogger
    • Speaker
    • Waiter
    • Media Project Officer
    • Web Manager
    • Entrepreneur
    • Instructional Designer

    All of these roles have greatly contributed to the skills and experience I bring to the table in the work I do.

    I ❤ love to help people cultivate their career pathway, uncover their purpose and do the thing they love. I also continue designing learning experiences for 21st century people and organisations because I love the learning.

    I am the owner of the Curiosity Lab and the founder of Employagility, Goodoof, Hacking Homework and Reinventing School . I often work with a team of designers, educators and subject matter experts. Together we collaborate, host online and offline events, classes and other fun stuff designed to effect positive change. Life is Grand.


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Reinventing School - A Design Thinking Challenge

Mission: Encourage life-long learning, promote alternative learning environments and equip you with 21st Century skills.
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Mission: Encourage life-long learning, promote alternative learning environments and equip you with 21st Century skills.

The Reinventing School (My School Revolution) challenge is hands on, encourages discussion of the issues facing learners today and empowers young people, teachers and other members of the community to come up with solutions and share them for all to benefit.

Challenge 1. What does an ideal learning environment look like?

Guiding questions:

  1. What inspires you to learn?
  2. What learning innovation have you used to teach or learn?
  3. How might teachers, parents, and students work in a partnership of learning?
  4. How might we design the classroom of the future?

Students, teachers and subject matter experts from all over are invited to get involved and collaborate. Form or join a team and research, ideate, design, remix and prototype new possibilities to reinvent the school experience.

The challenge can take place in or out of the school environment and teams can be a diverse mix of students, teachers, parents, business people. Teams can even be made up from people from different locations in the world, in fact we encourage students from Australia to collaborate with classrooms from other places.


Feel free to connect and ask questions, share ideas, and request a Skype meeting or class discussion.

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Skype: ideasthatgive [Mail me to request a time, I'm not always on]

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  • SECTION 1:
  • 1
    Welcome to the Education Revolution
    Mission: Encourage life-long learning, promote alternative learning environments and equip you with 21st Century skills. The Reinventing School Challenge is a project that uses design, collaboration, technology, play and social media to engage and empower young people effect positive change in their…
  • 2
    Your invitation to change the face of education
    It takes a community to raise a school – where do you fit in? One of my life missions is to encourage life-long learning, promote alternative learning environments and inspire people to live their dreams. Self-directed, curiosity-based learning is something I have experienced all my life and it’s on…
  • SECTION 2:
    The Brief
  • 3
    The Brief - An Outline
    What is the purpose, what are we trying to accomplish? In his best selling book  Drive , Dan Pink talks of the three elements of true motivation— autonomy ,  mastery , and  purpose . The challenge is designed to give you all of the key elements needed to drive you to success. What’s the question  – …
  • SECTION 3:
  • 4
    Form a team for the Reinventing School Challenge
    The Reinventing School Challenge is a project that uses design, collaboration, technology, play and social media to engage and empower young people to effect positive change in their school community. We invite students, teachers, parents, subject matter experts all to to collaborate. Form or join a…
  • 5
    Create an edmodo account
    Edmodo is a credible closed scocial network purpose built for educators. Read about how it can be used in the challenge in the blog post Edmodo, social, groups, mobile apps and now badges . Visit Specify your school Make a closed group for your team/class Invite students using the group…
  • 6
    Edmodo Tutorial

    Mr. Robitaille explains how students can use the basic features of Edmodo, the social learning network for education.

  • 7
    Create a Skype for the Classroom account
    Skype in the Classroom , a dedicated teacher network. Skype in the classroom is a free global community that invites teachers to collaborate on classroom projects where they might use Skype, and share skills and inspiration around specific teaching needs.     Teachers all over the world are using Sk…
  • 8
    Create a Socrative/Poll Everywhere account
    Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets. It's free. Watch the tutorial video in the next lecture. Visit Download the Teacher app Register Cr…
  • 9
    Socrative introduction video

    Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational games and exercises via smartphones and tablets. 

    Our apps are super simple and take seconds to load and run. Teachers control the questions and games on their laptop, while students respond and interact through their smartphones/laptops.

  • 10
    Create a Prezi account
    Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas and the connections between them. The result: visually captivating presentations that lead your audience down a path of discovery. Watch the Prezi…
  • 11
    What is Prezi? - The official intro video

    The official Prezi introduction video. See how you can bring presentations back to life with Prezi. Present your ideas on a large canvas, and show their relationship with scale and placement. Try Prezi now for free on

  • 12
    Research the Partnership for 21st Century Skills Framework
    The Framework presents a holistic view of 21st century teaching and learning  that combines a discrete focus on 21st century student outcomes(a blending of specific skills, content knowledge, expertise and literacies) with innovative support systems to help students master the multi-dimensional abil…
  • 13
    Watch inspirational video playlist
    Check out these amazing projects and inspirational people Watch this inspirational video playlist.   Discuss as a team or extended online group using Skype or WizIQ.
  • 14
    Prepare your team(s)
    Teams can be made of of students only or a blend of teachers, students, parents, subject matter experts and other community members. It's up to you. Social inclusion, community building and sharing knowledge are all elements this challenge promotes. Great benefit comes from connecting young people w…
  • 15
    Design Thinking for Educators
    Design Thinking is a mindset Design Thinking is the confidence that everyone can be part of creating a more desirable future, and a process to take action when faced with a difficult challenge. That kind of optimism is well needed in education. Classrooms and schools across the world are facing desi…
  • 16
    Why Design Thinking?
  • SECTION 4:
    Tools & Resources
  • 17
    Insightful Resources
    125 Ways To Make Your School More Democratic Here’s quite a unique blog with a post of crowdsourced ideas to make your school more democratic. This really is one of the most inspiring list of ideas that can directly influence the Reinventing School challenge and your school community. Here’s how Kri…
  • 18
    Tools and Resources
    Tools and Resources Udemy - Main Challenge Learning Materials Edmodo Framework for 21st Century Learning Skype for Educators QR Stuff WizIQ Mindmeister Reinventing School Android App Reinventing School iPhone App Animal Crackers More Best Web 2.0 Tools Born to Learn d school ED social media Frank Te…
  • SECTION 5:
    Challenge Tasks
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    Empathy - Step 1
    WHAT is it? Design thinking is a user-centered design process, and the empathy that comes from observing users enables design thinkers to uncover deep and meaningful needs (both overt & latent). Empathy, by definition, is the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings…
  • 20
    Futurecast/Visualise - Step 2
    Some suggestions What does success look like? Think it from the end. Try a  journey map  as a way to visualise the journey from now to the classroom for 2030 AD  Think about whatmight have happend along the way to get to that state in 2030 Use a creative visualisation technique to take students into…
  • 21
    What's going on/Needfinding - Step 3
    Questions. We need beautiful catalytic questions to generate great answers. " How might we " questions are good. Questions that inspire action, that are generative are going to get you more positive results. Find out more about generating great questions, one's that inspire action here in  The Art o…
  • 22
    Point of View/Define - Step 4
    WHAT is it? The goal of this mode is to come up with at least one actionable problem statement. This actionable problem statement (often referred to as Point of View (POV)) is the guiding statement that focuses on the insights that you uncovered from real users.  WHY do we teach it? The Define mode…
  • 23
    Ideate/Brainstorm - Step 5
    WHAT is it? Ideation is the process of idea generation. Mentally it represents a process of “going wide” in terms of concepts and outcomes. Ideation provides the fuel for building prototypes and driving innovative solutions. WHY do we teach it? Ideate in order to step beyond obvious solutions. We id…
  • 24
    Prototype & Test - Step 6
    WHAT is it? "Prototyping is the iterative development of artifacts – digital, physical, or experiential – intended to elicit qualitative or quantitative feedback." (Geehr, 2008)   The act of prototyping implies "building", testing, and iterating and is, itself, both a flaring and a narrowing process…
  • 25
    Present/Reflect/Share - Step 7
    Some suggestions Create your final presentation using,  Scribd ,  Prezi ,  Slideshare ,  Vimeo ,  YouTube  or other online presentation tool Post on the  Potentiality Showcase  website Build in social media sharing Post to your favourite social networks Invite others to give feedback and to take the…
  • SECTION 6:
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    Engage Me!
    Pupils from Robin Hood primary school, Birmingham, worked with a film crew from the National College for School Leadership to express their desire to use their favourite technologies for learning in school. Also posted on the NCSL Future website - Robin Hood primary school has a YouTube channel at
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    7 Skills students need for their future
    Dr. Tony Wagner, co-director of Harvard's Change Leadership Group has identified what he calls a 'global achievement gap,' which is the leap between what even our best schools are teaching, and the must-have skills of the future: * Critical thinking and problem-solving * Collaboration across networks and leading by influence * Agility and adaptability * Initiative and entrepreneurialism * Effective oral and written communication * Accessing and analyzing information * Curiosity and imagination For more info please visit:
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    A Whole New Mind
    31 slides
    book summary of Daniel Pink's A Whole New Mind
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    37 slides
    A tribute to Seth Godin's new book Linchpin.
  • 31
    Khan Academy on the Gates Notes
    Bill Gates talks about the Khan Academy on the Gates Notes
  • 32
    Sugata Mitra's new experiments in self-teaching
    17:26 Indian education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the 'Sixth Sense' wearable tech, and 'Lost' producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on, at Watch a highlight reel of the Top 10 TEDTalks at
  • 33
    Kiran Bir Sethi teaches kids to take charge
    12:04 Kiran Bir Sethi shows how her groundbreaking Riverside School in India teaches kids life's most valuable lesson: 'I can.' Watch her students take local issues into their own hands, lead other young people, even educate their parents.
  • 34
    Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education
    learn more and get the book at this video illustrates (literally!) the concept of Hip Hop Genius. these ideas are explored more fully in sam seidel's book, Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education ( the drawings were done by Mike McCarthy, a student at College Unbound (, a school that exemplifies many of the values espoused in the film. the entire video was shot in College Unbound's seminar space, where Mike has built a studio for his company Drawn Along ( the end sequence was shot by Graham Wheeler, a recent graduate of the East Bay Met (, a high school that also embodies many of the principles of Hip Hop Genius. Graham and Mike edited the whole video as well. the beat at the end was made by DJ Tek, who worked with sam at the AS220 Broad Street Studio (​youth)... their work there was the genesis of much of the thinking about Hip Hop Genius. several of the young people in the video are or have been affiliated with that program. Tim Natividad collaborated with sam on the ideation and writing. big shouts to everyone who appears in the video and to everyone who came through, but didn't make it in; big shouts to David 'TC' Ellis, Tony Simmons, and everyone at the High School for Recording Arts (; and big shouts to the whole Hip Hop Genius crew. check us out at
  • 35
    RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms
    This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award. For more information on Sir Ken's work visit:
  • 36
    Making Sure They Are Learning

    Sticky notes coalesce into high-level analytical thinking in Sarah Kaufman's 6th grade humanities class, where complex concepts are broken down into manageable pieces that help students master challenging assignments.

  • 37
    SCIL - Tomorrow's School Today project

    Northern Beaches Christian School officially opens the renovated Zone. @scil Sydney, Australia Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning. Research, creativity and development unit of Northern Beaches Christian School. Curated by @AnneKnock.

  • 38
    TEDxPhilly - Chris Lehmann - Education is broken
    Chris Lehmann introduces a revolutionary idea in education: Encourage learning by allowing students to do things they are good at instead of restricting them. While that may sound elementary, Lehmann's speech carves out an innovative way to teach students success so they will strive for success in the post-graduate world. Hailing from Manhattan, Chris Lehmann is breathing fresh air into the Philadelphia School District by providing immediate feedback to teachers using an iPad, asking teachers to practice kindness in the classroom, and promoting a student-centered school. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxPhilly, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxPhilly event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
  • SECTION 7:
    Supporting Documents
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    The Art of Powerful Questions - World Café
    18 pages
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    Asking Effective Questions
    7 pages
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    The Art and Architecture of Powerful Questions
    7 pages
    The Art and Architecture of Powerful Questions by Eric E. Vogt.
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    Design Thinking Toolkit for Educators V1
    19.44 MB

    The Design Thinking Toolkit for Educators provides guidance through the five phases of the design process. It outlines a sequence of steps that leads from defining a challenge to building a solution. The toolkit offers a variety of instructional methods to choose from, including concise explanations, useful suggestions and tips.

    Design Thinking is a mindset. Design Thinking is the confidence that everyone can be part of creating a more desirable future.

    The Design Thinking Toolkit for Educators contains the process and methods of design, adapted specifically for the context of education.

    Teachers please visit Design Thinking for Educators to learn more.

  • 43 Bootcampbootleg 2010
    48 slides

    A design thinking resource.

  • 44 Design Thinking Teacher Takeaway
    12 pages
  • 45 Intro To Design Thinking
    32 pages
  • 46
    100 Whats of Creativity
    135 pages
    From the wonderful Don the Idea Guy. 100-WHATS of Creativity! One hundred “what-if” questions to spur your creativity, unmuck your mind and breakthrough your mental blocks.
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    79 Ideas for Using Design to Transform Teaching and Learning
    Order from Abrams Books or Basic Needs 1. Everyone can be a designer 2. Do no harm 3. Cherish childrens spaces 4. Put safety before study 5. Think Small 6. Assign the solution 7. Make janitors guardians 8. Design for speech and hearing 9. Let the sunshine in 10. Shuffle…
  • 48
    Edupunks Guide
    6.98 MB

    A first-of-its kind resource for the future of education: a comprehensive guide to learning online and charting a personalized path to an affordable credential (or no credential) using the latest innovative tools and organizations. Real life stories and hands-on advice for today’s students, whether you’re looking at college for the first time, going back for a credential, or pursuing lifelong learning.

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    Voice Of The Student Presetation
    35 pages
    Eight Recommendations for School Design Excellence in the 21st Century Developed at the AAF National Summit on School Design, 2005 1. Design Schools to Support a Variety of Learning Styles 2. Enhance Learning by Integrating Technology 3. Foster a “Small School” Culture 4. Support Neighborhood Schools 5. Create Schools as Centers of Community 6. Engage the Public in the Planning Process 7. Make Healthy, Comfortable, & Flexible Learning Spaces 8. Consider Non-Traditional Options for School Facilities For more on the National Summit on School Design, visit American
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    Digital Storytelling ebook
    28 pages
  • 51
    The Reformers Are Leaving Our Schools In The 20th Century
    18 pages
    Why most U.S. school reformers are on the wrong track, and how to get our kids’ education right for the future. By Marc Prensky.
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    The Classroom is Obsolete
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    The overwhelming majority of the nearly 76 million students in America’s schools and colleges spend most of the academic day in classrooms. That’s a problem because the classroom has been obsolete for several decades. That’s not just my opinion. It’s established science.

  • 53
    30 Strategies for Education Innovation
    2.33 MB

    This Guidebook is written to help close some big gaps in education - the gap between research and action, between stated goals and policy and between perception and reality.

  • 54
    Rapid Prototyping 13 Right Lawrence
    4 pages
  • 55
    PBL Planning Guide
    3 pages
    Project Based Learning Template
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    Creative Workshop: Teacher's Guide
    72 pages
    “If you want to study something, it’s better not to know what the answer is.” - Shunryu Suzuki, “Find Out for Yourself.
  • 57
    The 10 1/2 Commandments of Visual Thinking
    14 slides
    from here: found here: cheers robe
  • 58
    Creating the future today
    Here’s how they explain it “IMAGINATION: Creating the Future of Education and Work,” is hyperlinked to hundreds of articles written from many perspectives and includes mixed media and moderated comments in each section. This information was designed to be shared, discussed and impl…
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    Framework for 21st Century Learning
    2 pages


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  • COULIBALY Ibrahima Maharafa
    An entire new vision

    This course does not only talk about the future and the design of education but it also tell us how to reinvent our world by starting with education.

  • Tahn De' Eng

    It's good for design thinking challenge for my student

  • Samuel Johnson
    Very Useful and Had a Life Long Learning Experience

    I thank the facilitator for providing such a great course. It made me understand how many different ways are there for learning and getting the Technology Driven concepts in Education. Looking forward to have a so many courses in the future like this. thank you so so so much...

  • Michael Kimmig

    Great idea and concept. Would love to see some student results on this. Some links unfortunetly are broken.

  • Keli Rae
    Brings me up to date on lateral teaching options!

    Thank you!

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