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Using Collaborative Intelligence With Design Thinking

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Sunday, June 23, 8:30–9:30 am
Location: 204C

Lorna Miller  
By knowing how we think individually and how we think together, we are much more equipped to collaborate on a common goal. We'll help you better teach collaboration in your classroom. Learn how to leverage this "intelligence diversity" with design thinking in the classroom.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Communication and collaboration
Grade level: 9-12
Subject area: Career and technical education, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Demonstrate cultural competency when communicating with students, parents and colleagues and interact with them as co-collaborators in student learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Putting students in groups and giving them a project to do together is always hit or miss. As educators, we try and group them so that their teams are balanced, but we have no "real" way of doing that. Using Collaborative Intelligence with Design Thinking will not only help educators fill the gaps in their groups, but it will also help them collaborate with their colleagues as well.

Educators will be able to access the "CQ Quiz" online to use with their students to see what "mind-pattern" they have and therefore be able to gauge how that student focuses, processes, creates, and communicates. It is incredibly empowering to know how your mind works and what environments are best for collaborating. They will also learn about "Thinking Talents" and how to balance their teams to elevate the outcomes and experiences for students. I've created a Google Form to use in Google Classroom to assess students and have them start thinking about what their strengths are and how they can leverage that in group work.

Illustrating how successful this has been in my classroom and in our Academy programs will show educators how easy it is to use this and how it will bring group projects to a whole new level. Pairing it with Design Thinking is a perfect way to elevate any group project, including technology projects.

This is such valuable information as it doesn't end in the classroom. Students can use this knowledge and practice in every aspect of their life. From education to career to family dynamics. The educator will find that it will be valuable to them personally as well.


15 Min: Overview of Design Thinking Process. Quick reminder of how bringing together a team of people that have different ways of thinking is a powerful way to be innovative and have a successful outcome. does Design Thinking look different in a classroom than in a business.
25 Min: What is Collaborative Intelligence? Give an overview of "mind-patterns." This is our personal "operating systems" depending on how we take in particular input (visual, auditory, kinesthetic.)
25 Min: What are Thinking Talents and why are they important in choosing a team. Describe "thinking talents" and how you can use Google Classroom to assess student's personal strengths so that teams formed don't have any missing assets.
15 Min: Examples of how this is used in the classroom and successful outcomes.
10 Min: Questions and Answers

Supporting research

Collaborative Intelligence, Thinking with People Who Think Differently, by Dawna Markova, Ph.D. & Angie McArthur

I Am Smart, A Guide to Recognizing and Developing Your Child's Natural Strengths, by Dawna Markova, Ph.D. & Angie McArthur

Creative Confidence, Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All, by Tom Kelley & David Kelley

The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, by Tom Kelley and Jonathan Littman

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Lorna Miller, Elk Grove Unified School District

Lorna Miller has been a high school educator for over 20 years. She has taught all levels of graphic design and traditional Art and continues to pursue learning the trade herself. Adobe Certified in Photoshop and Illustrator, she loves that no matter how much she knows about design, students are always teaching her as well. It's a subject you can never stop learning! She LOVES creating, LOVES teaching, LOVES collaborating, and LOVES helping her students see that graphic design skills can be useful in ANY career.

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