Early Divisions & Design for Community

On Wednesday, August 28, just the third day of school, I offered to connect one section of my inNOVAtion Lab courses with an online community called “Modern Learners.”  (More information about them is found here.)  I’ve been a member of the community since its inception, and if you are an educator, you ought to checkContinue reading “Early Divisions & Design for Community”

Nova Lab Day 4–The Challenge and Promise of Community

(For most of the rest of the year, students in NOVA Lab will be blogging their reflections on the day’s events.  Here is the next chapter in our story) Period 3– Today in class, we gathered in small groups and discussed our first thoughts on A Whole New Mind. We talked about how the readingContinue reading “Nova Lab Day 4–The Challenge and Promise of Community”

Testimonial #2

Another letter, though from the same author as testimonial #1, about the impact of the type of learning students experience(d) in Design Lab/NOVA Lab. Dear Mr. Heidt, I hope you’re doing well! And that you remember me! I had an opportunity a couple weeks ago that reminded me of your class…so much so to theContinue reading “Testimonial #2”

Design Thinking for College Admissions

I received the letter below from one of the counselors at my HS today.  As a recap, I piloted a Design Thinking and Open Source Learning class last year for 13 students.  For several reasons it didn’t fill up enough this year, but with the endorsement below, I’m hoping to be off and running likeContinue reading “Design Thinking for College Admissions”