Innovative Pedagogy: Curriculum Design for the Information Age

As technology has changed how the world operates, schools have been trying to play catch up. Traditional models of curriculum design just aren't cutting it. Reframing the role of educator as an interaction designer helps teachers design curriculum that unlocks their potential as creatives while doing justice to their students to prepare them for the networked world.

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"Teachers need to learn how to be confident creatives, but it goes against all of the training we got in graduate school. Design thinking helps me feel confident that I am making the good decisions for my students."

15 year teaching veteran

Crowded classrooms. Students of every ability in one class.  The ubiquity of mobile phones. Endless lists of standardized content. Teachers are forced to make tough decisions everyday. How can they begin to deal with the ambiguity of whether or not they are doing right by their students?

Just as students need to learn skills to negotiate the complexity of the 21st century, teachers need to be learn to think and behave differently.

This book is book is for anyone interested in how to innovate in the classroom from kindergarten all the way through graduate school.

About the Author - Adam Chasen - Interaction Designer and Educator
Adam has a M.Ed. in Secondary Mathematics Education and is currently earning a graduate certificate in Interaction Design and Social Entrepreneurism Certificate program at the Austin Center for Design. He has been an educator in public schools for 15 years. He has been practicing design thinking as a teacher and teacher trainer for the last six years. His expertise is in helping teachers to develop big picture thinking and build their own creative confidence.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Design thinking and education
Chapter 2: Reframes

In this chapter, learn how to reframe your educational practice. In addition, read interviews with experienced educators, designers and learn from their experiences.

  • Reframing the role of educator: From teacher to service provider
  • Reframing learning outcomes: From standards to provocations
  • Reframing lesson planning: From content delivery to experience design
  • Reframing differentiation: From learning disability to inclusive design
  • Reframing assessment: From feedback to storytelling
Chapter 3: Experience Design Methods