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Category: Teaching Design Thinking

  • 8 Ways Teachers and Students Can Benefit From Gamification in the Classroom

    Makers Empire 3D is not a video game. It’s specialised 3D modelling software carefully designed to help K-8 students develop Design Thinking skills in order to solve real-world problems. Our 3D design app and Learning by Design program were recently the subject of a 12-month Macquarie University study into primary schools makerspaces, so we are...

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  • What is Design Thinking? A Handy Guide for Teachers

    In this post, Mandi Dimitriadis, Director of Learning at Makers Empire, will help you understand more about Design Thinking. You’ll get to know what Design Thinking is, why Design Thinking is important, the phases of the Design Thinking process and how you might teach your students how to use Design Thinking to reframe problems and needs...

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  • The Power of Maker Pedagogy & 8 ways to Spot It and Embed It in the Classroom

    I am becoming increasingly convinced that maker pedagogy has the power to develop critical, creative and design thinking, and the creative confidence and self-belief our young people need to become innovators, problem-solvers and positive change makers. I can often be heard sprouting the virtues of constructionist learning theory. Occasionally, I am pulled up on this...

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  • New Makers Empire 13-Part ‘Design Thinking’ Professional Development Series for Teachers

    As part of the Makers Empire School Subscription, teachers gain access to an innovative, 13-part professional development (PD) video series in the Teacher's Dashboard. This series is designed to help teachers successfully teach Design Thinking, implement maker pedagogy and use 3D design and 3D printing an authentic teaching tool. This on-demand video series replaces Makers...

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  • 5 Ways Design & Technology Curricula are Changing and How Makers Empire Can Help

    We hear a lot of talk about what it's going to take for our young people to thrive and survive in their 21st-century futures. It's become almost cliched to talk about 21st-century skills but it is fair to say that many of today's school students will be working in jobs that don't yet exist and...

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  • 4 Reasons Why I Want My Kids to Be Design Thinkers (Not Just Happy)

    As a new mum, I remember gazing at my sleeping baby and silently vowing to protect, guide and love her. I remember thinking: I'm going to help you grow into the best version of yourself. Whatever you want to do, I'll help you get there. I just want you to be happy. I'm sure a...

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  • 9 Ways Teachers Can Differentiate Design Tasks for Students

    At Makers Empire we believe that every child can change their world. Our dream is to empower every student with the tools, skills and creative confidence they need, to be able to tackle challenges head-on and develop creative, innovative solutions to problems. We know that teachers play a major role in helping students develop the...

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  • 4 ways to help students identify needs and opportunities and to design apt solutions

    At Makers Empire, we believe that design thinking skills are crucial tools for students to have in their kit bags as they prepare to thrive into the 21st century. Students who can successfully follow design thinking processes are best placed to think creatively, critique and analyze situations and products, create solutions to problems, visualize new...

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  • 7 benefits of using 3D printing technology in Education

    At Makers Empire, we help elementary, primary and middle school schools teach Design Thinking and make STEM subjects fun and engaging using 3D printing and design. Everday, we see first-hand the amazing things K-8 students can do when presented with an intuitive design interface and a supportive learning environment. So today we thought we'd share 7 benefits of using 3D...

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  • 10 ways to generate creative ideas with Makers Empire

    At Makers Empire we support students through every phase of the design thinking process. Our 3D design software is the perfect place for students to bring their ideas to life, to create prototypes and to test out new ways of making things. We want students to be able to generate many new ideas so that...

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  • 6 ways 3D printing helps students develop critical thinking skills

    To thrive in the 21st century our students need to be able to collaborate effectively with others, identify and develop innovative solutions to problems and challenges, and know how to think creatively and critically. So, what is critical thinking? Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and logically and to apply reasoning processes to ideas...

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  • 5 ways rapid prototyping helps students slow down (for better results!)

    We’ve recently looked at prototyping and how it can help our students get better at failing. In this post, we’ll examine rapid prototyping and how it can help our students slow down for better end results. What is rapid prototyping? If a prototype is a sample model of a product built for testing and trialling,...

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  • 4 ‘failures’ & why prototyping matters

    We recently looked at the role failure can play in helping young students to persist in challenging situations and develop growth mindsets. Well, it just so happens that prototyping can help students become really good at failing. In fact, four world-famous products began their lives as 'failures'. Great Failure 1: WD40 When was the last time you...

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  • The importance of failing: how 3D printing teaches students persistence

    At Makers Empire, we love to help young people be great … at failing! This might sound like a strange goal but there’s a lot to be said for knowing how to fail well. The technology powered world that our young people are growing up in means they expect to be able to access whatever...

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  • Top 12 ways to build students’ empathy using 3D design

    Makers Empire’s Director of Learning Development, Mandi Dimitriadis, outlines ways K-8 teachers can use design based challenges to develop their students' sense of empathy. To succeed in our globally connected and increasingly complex world, we know that today’s students will need to be creative and critical thinkers and be able to identify and solve new problems in...

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  • How Living Word Shanghai students use 3D printing to design real-world solutions

    Looking for new classroom ideas for 3D printing? Students at Living Word Shanghai identify real world problems around them to make the world a better place! Tammy Wang, Living World Shanghai School Grade 5 & 6 Program Director, explains, "We wanted the students to observe their world from their perspective and look for everyday problems society...

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  • Top 10 lesson ideas to help students develop confidence in 3D design environments

    How can we help our students develop confidence and spatial awareness when working with 3D design challenges? Here are some of our favourite ideas for helping students find their way around in 3D and move between 2D and 3D environments. 1. #ShapeDetectives Look for 2D shapes in 3D objects found in the classroom and outside....

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