What Design Can Do for Education

Just came across an interview with designer Emily Pilloton, who believes that education not only enriches the mind but the heart as well. To take this idea forward, Pilloton and her partner Matthew Miller started Studio H, a program to bring design-based instruction and learning into the high school classroom, with students creating structures for the local community. She also recently published a TED book, Tell Them I Built This: Transforming Schools, Communities, and Lives with Design-Based Education, which describes how her programs can reshape classrooms and communities. In an interview on the TEb blog, she says:

I think the opportunity for educators is not to drag-and-drop design-based curricula into their classrooms “just because,” but instead to continue to be learners themselves. If we preach “learning by doing” and the value of “failing forward” to our students, we as educators must also be able to take that leap of faith. Design-based education, at its core, is two things: a response to context, and an ability to be vulnerable starting something without seeing the end point. Both students and educators can practice and build these skills; for educators, it means creating bold lesson plans and projects that are responsive to the immediate environment, that are relevant, at times non-linear, even scary, but that push beyond what we already know. The best thing we can create is a classroom that is rich with exploration and discovery, for both students and teachers.

Read the rest of the interview here.

About Ayesha Vemuri

Ayesha Vemuri is responsible for thought leadership and outreach efforts at CKS. She has undergraduate degree in Visual Art from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where she also studied such varied subjects as biology, literature and the humanities. At CKS, she is responsible for curating the Design Public blog, managing our various social media platforms, organizing Pecha Kucha Nights and contributing to the intellectual content of the Design Public Conclave and other CKS initiatives. Find her on twitter at @ayeshavemuri.
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