Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Design Thinking

Design Thinking

Design Thinking is a method of creation, that builds in Innovation.  It is a cycle of thought, that moves you through a creative process.  It starts with empathising with a problem, normally of another person.  Attempts to understand the problem through definition, then moving towards Ideating solutions.  Prototyping means to build or create a tentative a solution. Testing the solution is about carrying out the plan, or a limited run of the plan.

I believe that Design Thinking can be used all throughout education.  It is a great way to think about Differentiation for students.  Every student has different needs for which we need to have empathy. Communication in schools needs to keep all stakeholders needs in consideration.  There are so many problems within schools, that could be solved through better problem solving.

The best part of this model, is that it is not satisfied with a first solution.  It's about constant improvement and innovation.  

Below is the presentation I took part in at 'Beyond Laptops' in Yokohama, presented by Heather Dowd a few years ago.  The tools and methodology I still use, and enjoy.  

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Automate your cross-posting!

Ok, I am a busy guy.  I have kids, a wife, and lots to do at school as a tech integrator.  But, I love sharing, and I have a lot of social media accounts.  I was looking for a way to incorporate a lot of my tools together, so that I can post once, and the rest of my social media will get the same post.

I love Instagram, and Twitter for professional items.  But, I noticed I have a lot of Google Plus followers, but I only post my blog posts there.  I asked myself, how can I cross-post better?  How can I use Google Plus, and Linked In more effectively, without wasting time.

I found an outdated post, and I added some updates.

So, this workflow starts from Google+, then Tweets it, and Posts to LinkedIn. 

Since Google Plus is the hardest to automate, lets start the workflow from there.  What you need is an RSS from your Google Plus profile.  Go to your Google Plus profile,
and copy the URL in the browser window.  

Visit this website to create an RSS address from your Google Plus profile.

Paste your Google+ URL to the top box, and press 'Get RSS'.  

In Chrome, you get a lot of HTML code showing, and a changed URL.
Copy the URL.

Your next step, is that you need an IFTTT account.  IFTTT is a website that allows automation of web accounts.  It means 'if that, then this'.  It can cause automatic reactions to other online events that you choose.  These are called recipes.

Click on the recipe below.  This has an RSS feed.  Use your RSS URL from the last step to create your trigger.

IFTTT Recipe: If RSS (G+) then Tweet connects feed to twitter

Once your trigger is created, you can activate your Twitter channel.

My other problem is in LinkedIn.  I seldom have time to login, but, I don't mind sending a post automatically.

IFTTT Recipe: If Tweet, then LinkedIn with #in connects twitter to linkedin

If you activate the above recipe as well, the #in will cross post to LinkedIn.

Well, that is the workflow.  I hope it helps you!

I will work on how to incorporate Instagram into Google+, but I thought that this was a great start to saving some time....

Sunday, October 11, 2015

First 3D print complete!

via Instagram

3d Printing is a big thing in Education, especially when looking at a 'Design Thinking' education or MakerSpaces.  I had the pleasure of running a test print in one of KIS's new 3D printers today.

A video posted by Art Schultz (@artschultz13) on