Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Learning Experience Design (Cont'd)

We continued our journey with Singapore Polytechnic to co create the space for our new Design and Technology studio in September. As we delve deeper into the lives of our students, we begin to uncover unmet needs and tried to find ways to meet them with the new space. For instance, if students wanted to learn collaboratively, could the space provide them this opportunity? Could we allow the space to be open so that students could work independently? These were some questions that we discussed and debated upon in order to come up with some guiding principles in the design of the learning environment. We also considered the furniture for the space. For instance, what type of furniture will allow students to work individually and collaboratively at the same time? How can we accommodate the varying heights of upper and lower secondary students? How can we make the furniture inviting so that students will make use of them? We also spent time prototyping some parts of the space. Using foam boards, we constructed cubicles for teachers in order to obtain their feedback.

Aligning user experience with the design principles in the space

Story boarding the users' experience in the Design and Technology studio

Prototyping the layout of the space using scaled drawings

Prototyping the furniture for teachers

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Learning Experience Design

This year, we embarked on a mission to redesign the Design and Technology Workshop in the school. With the help of Singapore Polytechnic, the teachers collected data from students and staff on what they wish to see in the DnT workshop and how they feel about the place. Today, we spent the day at Singapore Polytechnic to make sense out of the user journey maps to find insights from the users. These insights will guide us to generate ideas in the next session.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Secondary 1 Design Thinking Workshop

On 2 and 3 June, our lower Secondary students participated in the Design Thinking workshop jointly organised by Commonwealth Secondary School and Singapore Polytechnic (SP). Our teachers and SP lecturers introduced design thinking to the students through various activities such as the Marshmallow Challenge, need-finding, brainstorming and prototyping. The design challenge for this year was: "How might we design Commonwealth Secondary School to be more eco-friendly?" Students, in their groups, interviewed each other to gather data before ideating for solutions. The students enjoyed exploring different parts of the school for their field observation. They also enjoyed prototyping their ideas with recyclable materials and presenting these prototypes to our invited guests. Overall, it was an enriching experience for our students.

Students presenting their ideas

Persona Development to understand the needs of our teachers

Teachers and SP lecturers who facilitated the workshop

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Secondary 2 Design Thinking Programme

On 20 and 21 March, our Secondary 2 students participated in the Secondary 2 Design Thinking Workshop which was co-organised with Singapore Polytechnic. The lecturers from Singapore Polytechnic partnered our teachers to facilitate the sessions. The Secondary 2 students embarked on a 2-day design challenge to re-design the areas in our community. This included West Coast Park and Teban Gardens. On the first day, they went to these areas to observe the environment and interviewed some users. They gathered their data and proceeded to create Personas and User Journey Maps to gain empathy for their target groups. On the second day, the students used affinity diagrams to brainstorm and come up with ideas to help their users. They made many interesting prototypes with recycled materials in order to convey their ideas in a physical form. The workshop culminated with the user feedback session where guests from Nparks and NEA gave their feedback to their ideas.

Some photos of our students in action:

The teams broke the ice with the marshmallow challenge

Students visited West Coast Park and Teban Gardens to do observations and gather data

Students prepared a user journey map after their observations

Teams presented their ideas to our visitors during the co-creation phase

Some prototypes from our students

Prototypes of students' work

Friday, 14 February 2014

Design Thinking Facilitation Workshop

On 12 and 13 Feb, the teachers participated in a workshop by Singapore Polytechnic to learn how to facilitate Design Thinking (DT) with the students. Having gone through some programmes last year, the teachers were more prepared to handle more DT tools such as persona creation and journey mapping. To prototype and gain empathy, the teachers went through what the students will be going through in their Design Thinking workshops later this year. One of the teachers, Raysidah said: "Today's DT workshop has clarified some doubts yet also raised some new questions. Nonetheless,we shall go with the "just try it" attitude!"

Marshmallow Challenge: The team only managed to get the tower standing in the last 10 seconds.

Raimi shares his interview findings with the rest of his team.

With guidance from the SP facilitators, the teachers brainstorm using a 6 step ideation process

Journey mapping exercise

Paul and Xiaohui try their hands on storyboarding

Using story boarding, journey map and role-playing, the teachers gain feedback by testing their ideas with the other participants.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

A day in the life of a Commonwealth Student

Two teachers, Jacob and Shumin, participated in an empathy exercise this week. They wore the school uniform, went through all classes (including PE) with the students to find out what the student experiences throughout a school day. They have gained much insights through the process.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Design Thinking Workshop for Student Councillors

To develop Design Thinking mindsets in our student leaders, the Student Councillors (SC) participated in a Design Challenge this afternoon. Mr Simon Lew, teacher I/C of the SC welcomed the students and highlighted to them the importance of empathy in leadership. "It is important for the SC to understand Design Thinking." He added "They must understand the needs of the teachers and the student body when they plan school events such as level camps and Teachers' Day." 

The students had a good time finding out more about their fellow council members and had fun prototyping their ideas.