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The method "Design Thinking" interprets learning at school in a new way

Changes in society require changed learning environments

On Thursday, 26.04.2018 the second "BeInSp!red City Talk" took place. International experts discussed the innovative teaching and learning method Design Thinking and its potential for use in schools and in the world of work. Almost 100 international guests from business, politics and education accepted the invitation to the City Campus and they were not disappointed!

Ewan McIntosh not only provoked us to design our thinking, he gave everyone, whether educator, parent, or business man/woman ideas they could implement the next day. One participant wrote Friday evening

It was perfect timing – today we had our brainstorming session for the next academic year and immediately applied the take-aways from last night. Ewan’s insight and provocation were a great catalyst for today’s session.

The Design Thinking expert from the global consulting company NoTosh agreed with the event "Change your way of thinking, learning and working". He is convinced that only through changed ways of thinking we can change processes in the world. Thus, he sometimes uses the Design Thinking method to develop new creative ideas and solutions for learning in schools as well as for innovation management in the economy.

What does this mean in concrete terms? What inspires students to learn?
"Why we learn what we learn" is a key message teachers should give to students. When pupils are made aware of the meaning of the learning material, their willingness to learn can increase up to 50%. And the greatest learning pleasure comes when we do not work individually, but in groups, when not only students ask questions, but also teachers, when "thinking aloud" is allowed in a learning culture in which mistakes are interpreted as the key to success.

The panel experts from Steelcase, LMU Munich and Microsoft continued with an engaging discussion mainly about the pros and cons of modern work styles and worlds, which provoked more.

We often hear that we are still being taught today like our grandparents! But the transformation of our society must also result in a change in the way we learn. We break old thinking patterns with our innovative BIS learning methods, fostering creative and divergent thinking that ultimately leads to creative processes and much more positive outcomes for students.
(Dr. Chrissie Sorenson, BIS Director)

The BIS uses intensive group work, creative solution finding and context-based learning. For this reason, the BIS is building a high-tech research center adapted to the new learning worlds, which will be opened in 2020. The new "Creativity & Innovation Center" (CIC) is creating a modern and progressive dimension of learning in the majors of the future: science, technology, computer science, art and mathematics.

A big thank you to our sponsors, who believe in BIS and our concept of BeInSp!red enough to have given generously. A big thank you to Temple Restaurant for the donation of the delicious food and beverages for the evening.

Key note “Design Thinking“

Ewan McIntosh
Founder & CEO NoTosh
Global leader of customer projects in education and industry

BIS is giving a superb opportunity for the local community to connect with the school and, in turn, to connect even further with its local community.

And while there are plenty of stories I have to share of inspirational people in education and industry, I also hope to trigger the best of Bavaria’s innovators, young and old, student, parent or local business, to share their own stories with each other, to learn how we might create something together, bigger than any one of us alone could ever manage.

Panel members

Scientific assistant of the LMU Teaches digital art history

Dr. Harald Klinke studied art history, painting and business informatics in Karlsruhe, Berlin, Göttingen and Norwich (UK). From 2008 to 2009 he worked as a teacher of visual science at the University of Göttingen. From 2009 to 2010 he was Visiting Scholar at Columbia University (New York). He then taught art and media history, was a founding consultant for the cultural and creative industries at the University of Art and Design Braunschweig (HBK) and conducted a project on an innovative user interface at Volkswagen AG. Since 2014 he is assistant for digital art history at the LMU Munich.

Digitization has completely changed many parts of society. But, despite using new techniques for research, it is also clear that the artistic process of a Pablo Picasso can never be replaced by robots or machines.

Head of Business and Consumer Communications

Ines Gensinger is responsible for business customer and end-user communications & analyst relations at Microsoft Germany. When new communication concepts are discussed at the congresses of the republic, she stands behind them with her projects. It has raised the discussion about cloud computing to a new level for Germany as a location. She is in charge of the program of the Digital Economic Miracle - and knows that the digital transformation begins with the participation of all. For digital transformation, the most important investment for them, those in employees and the role of the digital leader is crucial. She is one of the thought leaders in the discussion on Digital Leadership and has built up a strong network of comrades from business, society and science.

The flexible, mobile and digital way of working gives me a sense of freedom. However, not every employee can handle this in the same way. These competences have to represent a new challenge for future-orientated leadership.

Vice President, Sales Distribution at Steelcase AG

Stephan Derr has been with Steelcase since July 2011, initially as Director Finance & Dealer Development in Germany and most recently as Vice President Sales & Channel Development DACH. During this time, he earned great respect within the company, as well as among retail partners and the industry as a whole. Prior to joining Steelcase, Stephan Derr worked for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and then as a partner at Quest Consulting AG, where, among other things, as a consultant on the Partner Council, he successfully supported Steelcase and its resellers.

Intelligent, network and flexible learning and working environments are not only functional but also have a motivating effect. Workplace well-being, teamwork are essential for achieving productivity.

Moderator: Philipp Bächstädt

Philipp Bächstädt is an IB Alumnus, who graduated from the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz in Switzerland. To this day, he is vice-president of the international alumni club.

Today, Philipp is a well-known German journalist and moderator. He began his career at the news channel n-tv. Since then, he has been booked by RTL, VOX and ZDF as well as distinguished companies such as Daimler, MAN or Microsoft.

A bilingual moderator of the old school, but at home in the digital world.

BeInSp!red City Talk - April 2018

Design Thinking at School

Innovative teaching and learning methods at the Bavarian International School e.V.
Interview by Elke von Sparre, publisher at Kitz Magazine with Dr. Chrissie Sorenson, BIS Director.

What does the BIS stand for?

As director of the BIS I currently supervise more than 1,100 international children aged 3 to 18 years. The BIS offers an innovative and contemporary education true to our motto "Believe. Inspire. Succeed." We are a certified IB World School whose teaching and learning program especially self-responsible, creative and social action of students in an intercultural context promotes. For this we use the innovative learning and teaching methods in the classroom teaching method of Design Thinking.

What does BIS understand exactly under "Design Thinking"?

Design Thinking describes a method used in Silicon Valley originated from the design product world at the beginning of the 90s is and creative problem solving and idea development serves. This approach is being used today by large international companies and organizations. The BIS already applies the Design Thinking method in class for a long time: we practice the approach vividly for all students, even in preschool, our so-called "Early Childhood Program" for children as of the age of 3. Our experience has shown that even the youngest with this learning method you best individual potential, their social, emotional, physical and develop cognitive skills.

What does design thinking mean for the students?

Classically, problems are didactically so in school reduced, that they are solved by the students in individual work. Design Thinking, on the other hand, relies on intensive group work and creative work solution finding and contextual learning.

Which competences are supported by the pupils?

Look, the world out there is complex and challenging become. In the future, our children need more than that each competency in the field of creative problem solving, strong social and team skills, a creative self-confidence and most importantly - a feedback and error culture. All of this is in line with our BIS guidelines.

And what does Design Thinking mean for lesson design the teacher?

Teachers use the Design Thinking method to to get help for their lessons. Here arise completely new ways of thinking, perspectives and needs, work becomes more productive, the error culture also leads to bigger teachers empathy and understanding in the social fabric of a school.

Do the excellence of your students reflect, among other things, the application of the Design Thinking method?

I think that the overall package of our innovative and future-oriented teaching program, professional teachers and the social behavior in an intercultural learning institution contribute a lot to the learning success. Our vision is to inspire children for lifelong learning and to motivate them to enrich our society in their own responsibility. The Design Thinking method perfectly supports the BIS vision and mission.

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