Beyond Buzzwords: Why Design Thinking in the Classroom?


Session Audience 

Middle & High School 

Session Goals 

In this workshop: – Workshop leaders will share how and why cross-curricular design projects empower language learners. – Workshop participants will have an opportunity to develop and share their own project ideas for using Design Thinking (or human-centered design principles) outside of a traditional design curriculum.

Session Outcomes

  • Learn from a case study of co-teaching.
  • Experience ways Design Thinking might be helpful in non-design classrooms.
  • Brainstorm and develop ways to use Design Thinking in a meaningful way in your own classroom.
  • Come away with a project plan of your own.

About Gabriela

Gabriela Jiménez has taught Spanish to various ages and proficiency levels at International School of Prague for the last 2.5 years and International School Bangkok for 12 years. She has also been the world languages department head at ISB and currently MS Modern Languages curriculum team leader at ISP. Previously, Gabriela taught in Quito, Ecuador. She has previously presented on formative assessment and digital tools for writing at the CEESA conference, Digital Writers Notebooks at the EARCOS conference, as well as professional development sessions at ISB and ISP.

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth Perry is a teacher, writer, and artist with a particular interest in making, tinkering, and play. At the International School of Prague, and at the American School in London, she’s helped faculty integrate technology across the curriculum and has taught computer science and art. Before moving to London and then Prague, she worked at The Ellis School in Pittsburgh, PA, and for the Online School for Girls. She’s also consulted for Google in K-12 education and outreach, been a fellow at the Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie-Mellon University, taught at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, been recognized as a Google Trailblazer, and has served as a teacher ambassador for Tech Will Save Us. She has been a Learning2 Leader (Warsaw 2017) and is presenting a Pre-Conference at Learning2 Europe 2020.