ReDesign of Everyday Things

Teach kids the process by having them redesign everyday things. Doors video!

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This is a great introduction to DT.  I think back to the paperclip redesign challenge that measures creativity.

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Have  you read Don Norman's The Design of Everyday Things? Changed my life! I use the OXO measuring cup <http://www.jnd.org/dn.mss/oxo_measuring_cup.html> he discusses to teach students how to rethink the design of their reports.

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You've guessed our inspiration!!  =)  Fallon found the "Norman doors" video, and we were hooked.

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Great way to build up creativity and observation skills.  Also can be used to introduce Design Thinking.

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Yup, that's what we finally realized.  Our class is a public policy class centered around New York City, and it took us a while to let the whole first month just be learning the design process through the Re-Design of Everyday Things.  Then they "take it to the streets."

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Maggie:
Start a google doc on this one and ask others to jump in-Brian and Fallon? I'd be happy to help! Sounds like MK also uses Don Norman's door video!
Lisa

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This sounds neat Maggie Favretti Do you imagine this being a lesson that every grade level could try to incorporate at some point in the year? Can you tell me more about what this idea would look like if you started to prototype it?