This week, 18 participants from schools across the South West region of Victoria attended Geelong Tech School for the first of a series of Professional Development days throughout Semester 1.
With an emphasis on the transformative power of design thinking in education program development, Design2Innovate was created by the DET in partnership with Bastow and EnRusk, and is also being delivered at other Tech Schools across Victoria.
Over the course of an immersive first day of PD, hands-on activities were modelled and consolidated through teachers’ engagement. They expressed a desire to gain a better understanding of design thinking and how it can be applied in the classroom to facilitate more creative outcomes for their students. There was also keen interest as to how this methodology lends itself so well to STEM and STEAM interdisciplinary project design.
With another 3 days left for the program over the course of next term, participants were animated in the discussion of how the confidence, skills, and toolkit they were gaining could help begin to shift education culture from a prescriptive, traditional curriculum approach towards more student-led, engaged and contextual projects.
- Bellarine Secondary College
- Northern Bay P-12 College
- Surf Coast Secondary College
- Nelson Park School
- Taylors Lakes Secondary College
- Colac Secondary College
- Wyndham Central College