Do you know anyone from Madagascar? I met Toky through Facebook right before I published my book “Think Unique – your comprehensive guide to cultivating tomorrow’s innovators through project-based learning”. I was looking for a few teachers that would like to read my book and provide feedback on it. I was grateful that today's technology enables me to engage with teachers worldwide, including in Madagascar. I soon learnt that Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the
Are you waiting for an apple to fall on your head?
I met Phil Roberts a few months back and enjoyed meeting a school principal who is open-minded and innovative in their thinking. Are you familiar with having a conversation with someone you have just met and feeling like you are talking with an old friend?
It's how I felt in my first conversation with Phil.
Last Monday, we had another chat. We had an interesting conversation about creativity and innovation, and one of the
This week, Edithvale primary school, who is working with Glittering Minds for a few years now, has presented one of their Design Thinking projects at Oxford university's #kidsConference2021. Hayden Callahan, Edithvale’s Project-based inquiry leader, talked about their Glittering Minds journey-
“Glittering Minds has helped our school to learn all about Design Thinking. Due to this work with Glittering Minds, we have realised that we were missing this feedback loop and that the
Dare to think differently? If not, stop reading right now. To say the last two years were challenging is an understatement.
Each one of us suffered and struggled. One area that got hit very badly is education. According to the UN, Covid-19 has wiped out 20 years of educational gain.
This is a shocking and scary thought. However, we can choose to become victims of the circumstances or see it as an opportunity for growth. As an opportunity to drive a change.
As an opportunity
Imagine you are telling your child to stop playing electronic games and the response you get is – I know you are not being mean now. I know you have my best interests at heart. How wonderful it would be to have such discussions around the use of electronic games at home? As part of Glittering Minds school programme, 9-year-olds worked on this question – How Might We design a computer game for children, that both parents and children are happy about? As Design Thinkers, these
If you ask five-year old children what is Design Thinking, what would they say? This week, I had the pleasure of attending a foundation class at one of the schools that participate in Glittering Minds programme. It was the children’s first session on Design Thinking. The teacher started by asking them – What do you think Design Thinking means? The children were happy to take a guess and some of their answers were – Thinking of designing thingamajig Using your brain Thinking o
Children often see feedback as a personal attack. It's to be expected, as us adults often feel the same. But feedback is how we get better. Feedback enables us to grow personally and professionally and achieve better outcomes. So how do we go about helping our children develop a positive approach to receiving feedback and embracing it as a way to learn and grow? The starting point is having discussions with children on the following questions: What is feedback? What is the pu
As the CEO of Glittering Minds I was invited to talk on the Value Addition Global Show on the Future Of Work. It is an important and relevant topic for all of us as we are all impacted by the changes in the job market which are driven by advancements in technology. Parents and educators should be aware on what it means for children growing up today. Most children entering primary school today will work in new job types which haven't been created yet. The future is here and we
Do you know what is the purpose of schools in Australia? If you answered "No", you are not alone... All the parents I asked about it, had no clue. For me, this speaks volume. The purpose of schools should be written at the entrance to each and every school, for everyone to see. I went on a search to see if I can find a defined purpose for our schools. I have found interesting things... You can read all about it in this article I wrote. Since we are in dire need to define our
COVID-19 hit our education system like a storm. It challenged how students learn, how teachers teach, the level of parents’ involvement in their children’s learning and the priority given to academic results vs students well-being. The remote learning experience highlighted the problems we have within our education system and the big need for transformation. It also showed us that when there is a need and a sense of urgency, our enormous education system can move quite quickl
What is creativity? When we start working with primary school students on developing their creative thinking, we ask them – what is creativity? We heard hundreds of answers to this question, during this term alone. It is always interesting to see how young children understand creativity. This term we saw the most beautiful and creative way to explain creativity, written by a year 4 student – “We think creativity is a space at the back our mind! Past the library and the music
Last week we had the pleasure of hosting Victoria’s Parliamentary Secretary for Schools, Mr. Tim Richardson, at one of Glittering Minds sessions. Tim spoke with teachers about the impact of our program on students’ life-skills, how students develop resilience, problem-solving skills, empathy, collaboration, creativity and more. The teachers also shared their own transformation, as a result of our program, and how this positive impact flows to literacy, numeracy and other area
Have you ever seen children as young as 7 years old performing data synthesis? Last week, we facilitated data synthesis sessions with year 3 and 4 classes. They are working this term on the question – “How might we design a positive and supportive learning environment at our school?” The students finished researching this question, including interviewing students and school’s staff members, and it was time to make sense of the information. It is a pleasure to see young childr
At Glittering Minds, it is important for us to measure the impact of our Human Centred Design for kids program on the students and teachers. On analysing the collected data, we see that the positive impact is vast. The students quickly develop many important life skills – problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, empathy and more. It is very rewarding to learn that the impact on the students continues well beyond their time in the classroom and impacti
What do you think children will answer when asked what is Human Centred Design? Here are some answers from year 4 students – "A mindfulness program" "A company of people that design countries" "I think HCD means how humans are designed" "I think it is something when people gather up and design stuff" "A design that is centred to something in the world" "I think human centred design is based on what humans need and how humans work together to create great things." "Humans and
At Glittering Minds we believe children learn best by doing, and we don’t stop there. Children learn better when they learn in a highly collaborative and playful environment. An environment that promotes exploration and hands-on learning. An environment which enables agency, where children take on ownership over their learning experiences. Through our learning environment, children develop resilience and an ability to cope as they try out different possibilities and test thei
It is always important to hear from your stakeholders what is the impact of your innovative program on the users. We recently finished facilitating a HCD for kids fundamentals course with year 3 students. We interviewed the class teacher in order to understand what is the impact of this 4 weeks course. Let’s hear from Ashlee her observations on the impact of Glittering Minds HCD for kids fundamentals course on her students. #futurism #hcdforkids #innovation #humancentreddesig
How can we help children develop resilience? Life is not easy. We face setbacks and disappointments along our life journey. A key attribute for success is the ability to see these experiences as a way to learn and having confidence that you can make it. How do we help children develop this mindset and confidence? We recently ran our HCD fundamentals course for year 3 students. The input we got from their teacher was that before the course, the students’ reaction to criticism
At one of our Human Centred Design sessions this week with year 4, a student said “I told my parents I am learning Human Centred Design at school and told them what we do. They said it is wonderful and I should come to their work and teach Human Centred Design”. So great to have 9 years old teaching adults about Human Centred Design. #futurism #hcdforkids #innovation #humancentreddesign #futureofeducation #futureoflearning #school #education #glitteringminds #entrepreneurshi
In one of the Human Centred Design sessions we ran this week with a year 3 class, we talked about empathy. We started the discussion by asking – what is empathy? Some children didn’t know what it means. Some children said it has something to do with feelings. One of the children mentioned that the teacher once told them “Walk in someone else’s shoes”. This was a trigger to a whole new conversation as someone else respond to it by saying “But it can be difficult to do if the