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2016-17-Design Thinking

International Panel Discussion on Design Thinking: January 20th!

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You are invited to join a live, Google Hangout panel discussion on “Design Thinking in Education,” part of the 2016-17 K12 Online Conference! International panelists include John Rinker (@johnrinker) in Nanjing, China, Brad Ovenell-Carter (@Braddo) in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and Brian Lockwood (@BrianLockwood) in Copenhagen, Denmark. The live panel will held at on Friday, January 20, 2017, at 5 pm Eastern / 4 pm Central / 3 pm Mountain / 2 pm Pacific on YouTube Live. Click here to view the start time in your local time zone. Visit k12onlineconference.org/live/ to view the live video stream on YouTube (Google Hangout) as well as the backchannel chat room to interact with presenters and other participants. The panel discussion will be facilitated by Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) in Oklahoma City, and will be archived on the K12 Online Conference YouTube channel (youtube.com/k12online) for later viewing.

We encourage you to watch John Spencer’s (@spencerideas) keynote for the “Design Thinking” strand of this year’s conference in advance, if possible, which was published on January 12, 2017. We hope you will use our upcoming videoconference and John’s keynote to extend your own knowledge and understanding of design thinking, and share your learning with others!

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Design Thinking

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Presenter: John Spencer

Location: Salem, Oregon, U.S.A.

How can we get students engaged as critical thinkers, creators and makers? Learn about design thinking and how the LAUNCH cycle can be a framework to focus students through the process. 1) Look, listen, learn; 2) Ask tons of questions; 3) Understand the process/problem; 4) Navigate ideas; 5) Create; 6) Highlight and fix and then finally LAUNCH!

Additional Information:

There are many ways to take part in the discussion:

  • Join us at the conference live page for a live panel discussion with educators who have implemented design thinking (Date to be announced)
  • Join our Voxer channel and chime in.
  • Tweet with the hashtag #k12onlineconf. Your tweets will show up in our slow chat here as well as on Twitter.
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K12 Online Conference Mini-Conference Schedule

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Announcing the new schedule for K12 Online mini-conferences! Please share this information with others.

October 31, 2016
Keynote: Julie Lindsay ~ @julielindsay
(Other activities to be held during the following week.)


  • Learning Spaces
    November 14 – 18, 2016
    Keynote: David Jakes ~ @djakes
  • Design Thinking
    January 9 – 13, 2017
    Keynote: John Spencer ~ @spencerideas
  • Creativity
    April 3 – 7, 2017
    Keynote: Alex Ruthmann ~ @alexruthmann

As a reminder, our new conference format will feature a keynote, interactive panel discussions focusing on the theme of each keynote, and asynchronous interaction opportunities for participants using Voxer and Twitter chats.