Design Thinking as in Introductory Programme for Sec 1 students & Infusing Design Thinking into FCE, D&T and VIA
In Meridian Secondary School, we have identified Design Thinking (DT) as one of the key programmes from 2017 onwards.
Secondary 1 students will experience the DT process of ‘Feel’, ‘Think’ ‘Do’ and ‘Share’ through a three-hour workshop. To experience empathy (Feel), they will watch a video and sieve out a number of issues which the character in the video faces and decide on an issue to focus on. For example, some classes will watch a video on the challenges that commuters face while riding the MRT. In groups of five, they will then brainstorm on possible solutions and create a prototype of their chosen solution.
Thereafter, student will appoint a representative to explain their prototype to their fellow Secondary 1 school mates through a round-robin sharing session in the school hall. Participants will also be given the opportunity to provide feedback on their friends’ prototypes on slips of paper.
In using the DT process, users are required to apply several 21st Century Skills such as creative, adaptive thinking, decision making, new media literacy, empathy and cross-disciplinary competency by coming up with solutions to improve our current living environment and its processes. Through DT, Meridian Secondary aims to inspire learners to be innovative problem solvers and effective decision makers, equipping them effectively to face future challenges in the real world.
DT will be incorporated progressively into the school processes and programmes for staff and students respectively. For students, the DT approach will be implemented in three main school programmes. The three programmes are Food and Consumer Education (FCE)/ Design & Technology (D&T) at Sec 1, Project Work (PW) at Sec 2, and Values-In-Action (VIA) at Sec 3 as these subjects and/school programmes lend themselves to the use of the DT process.
Staff embark on a one-day Design Thinking workshop which is conceptualized and facilitated by staff who are trained in Design Thinking.
With basic knowledge in Design Thinking, which is a tool for innovation, staff will then apply the processes into their teaching and learning, work processes, co-curricular activities and committees in order to improve and innovate in their core business. These ideas are then shared with all staff through a weekly ‘Message of The Day’ slide.