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Defining and Ideating: Presidio Challenge

To introduce the second graders to the defining phase of the process, we created a template for them to distill some big ideas about their buddy’s needs from the interviewing.  As one kid observed, it was sort of like a Mad Libs!  We wanted to give them a framework for defining needs, and provided modeling and some options for them to think about the learning modality they would be designing.  We will continue working on developing need-finding and creative confidence, before jumping directly to a solution.  We will can do this across curricular topics, such as sharing different strategies to solve a math problem and predicting and evaluating outcomes in literature.  I’m reminded of a quote often used at the d.school that highlights the importance of defining needs: Henry Ford said, “If I asked people what they wanted, they would have told me a faster horse.”

My buddy Connor needs games, technology, and illustrations to learn about how birds fly.

My buddy Connor needs games, technology, and illustrations to learn about how birds fly.

My buddy Anton needs an app to learn about everything and facts about birds.

My buddy Anton needs an app to learn about everything and facts about birds.

My buddy Will needs games and illustrated books to learn about how birds fly.

My buddy Will needs games and illustrated books to learn about how birds fly.

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My buddy Ben H. needs an illustrated book to learn about parrots, how they fly, and what they look like.

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