Design Thinking and Project-Based Learning
Meet the Maker
Nicole Huguenin, Director of Arts Integration and Play
What is the best perk you have ever enjoyed at a job?
I considered laughter a job perk and I still do! When I was in the classroom, my kids said the most unexpected and funny things! We’d often get the giggles when one learner would start laughing, then another and soon we’d be in a full-on laugh fest. I am fortunate to work for an organization that values humor and laughter.
What is your favorite game to play?
I love to play the Settlers of Catan with my adult kids and friends. It’s a game that takes about 30-45 minutes to play, includes some strategy and is different every time it’s played because the gameboard changes with each set up.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I have so many places on my bucket list, but I’m planning on going to Italy with my close friends. We want to explore Rome, Venice, Pompeii and enjoy all of the amazing food and culture in Italy.
I chose Design Thinking for this month’s Making Magic for a couple of reasons: First, it’s the “D” in iLEAD. Second, it’s relevant in today’s cutting edge education. Finally, and most importantly, Design Thinking engages our learners to be empathetic, creative and to learn to iterate.
This Week’s Focus
How can we use Design Thinking to engage learners to problem solve and innovate in new and creative ways?
“Design Thinking is a flexible framework for getting the most out of the creative process.” — John Spencer