Launch Into Design Thinking
About the Course
In this online course, students will participate in a book study of Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani.
“Something happens in students when they define themselves as makers and inventors and creators. They discover powerful skills—problem-solving, critical thinking, and imagination—that will help them shape the world’s future … our future. The LAUNCH Cycle provides a creative process that can be incorporated into every class at every grade level … even if you don’t consider yourself a ‘creative educator.’ And if you dare to innovate and view creativity as an essential skill, you will empower your students to change the world—starting right now.” Participants in this book study will collaboratively discuss ideas and strategies from the book in online discussion forums, reflect on their teaching practice by writing journal entries, and will make an action plan to incorporate the Launch Cycle into the classroom. This course is appropriate for all K-12 educators and others involved in education.
Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student by John Spencer and AJ Juliani
Avis Paul is currently a 5th- 8th grade technology teacher who works for the Roaring Fork School District in beautiful Basalt, Colorado. Having spent 10 years teaching middle school literacy, social studies, and technology, Avis believes that school needs to be fun and engaging! She does all that she can to ensure that her technology classes are engaging, enjoyable, and full of enthusiastic students. Fortunately, the technology that is available to middle school students is able to be adapted to almost all situations to make classroom learning enjoyable. Today’s students need to be knowledgeable about current technology and have a creative mind to blend technology with new ideas, so that they can flourish in the society that they will be graduating into. Avis also has an interest in inquiry and curiosity in the classroom. She believes that the more voice and choice students have, the more they will be excited about the learning that is taking place in the classroom. Avis’s classes are currently working on multiple projects including paper rocketry, robotics, digital storytelling, and designing accurate models of suspension bridges in the school’s makerspace.
Avis is a Level 2 Google Certified Educator and considers herself to be a lifelong learner. She takes every opportunity to attend professional development events both as a student and as a presenter. Recently, she has attended the Innovative Education Colorado conference in Keystone, Colorado and Google’s EdTechTeam Aspen Summit. Avis has been a presenter for three years running at the Roaring Fork Valley Ed Tech Summit.
Avis holds a BA in English Literature, a BS in Broadcast News, and a MA in Curriculum and Instruction, all from the University of Colorado at Boulder.