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Friday, February 14 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
Developing a Sensitivity to the Design of Systems: Fostering Global Competencies in an Interconnected World

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During this course, Project Zero researchers from the Agency by Design (AbD) initiative will partner with practitioners from schools in Oakland, CA, to facilitate a an exploration of why it’s critical for young people to think like makers/designers and how to develop the kinds of skills and capacities required to do this work. Participants will engage in hands-on activities designed in particular to examine systems thinking, including visual mapping exercises, user perspective-taking, and the noticing of dynamics of whole systems and object relationships within systems. Facilitators will also contextualize the work within contemporary cultural movements (e.g., a shift from a consumer to producer mentality) and discuss the role that curriculum and learning environments can play in supporting maker/design thinking. For the past two years, the AbD team has been exploring the intersection of the maker movement, design thinking and contemporary theories of learning. At the core of AbD’s work is the idea that cultivating a sensitivity to the made dimension of objects, ideas, and systems can help young people better position themselves to thrive in a global, complex and designed world.

Intended Audience: General 

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Edward Clapp

Senior Research Manager, Project Zero
Edward P. Clapp is a senior research manager and a member of the core research team working on the Agency by Design (AbD) initiative—an investigation of the promises, practices, and pedagogies of maker-centered learning—at Project Zero, an educational research center at the Harvard... Read More →

Jenny Ernst

Park Day School, Park Day School
Teaching math and science with 6th graders at a progressive school has been a dream career. At this independent school in Oakland, my values around social justice have been cultivated through professional development to deeply understand my students and the world we live in. My latest... Read More →

Jen Ryan

Researcher, Project Manager, Project Zero
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Brooke Toczyloweski

Art and Technology Teacher, Oakland International High School

Friday February 14, 2014 11:00am - 1:00pm PST
D225 Presbyterian Day School

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