Creative Constructor
Lab Virtual
Leadership Exchange
at ISTELive 21
Edtech Advocacy &
Policy Summit

Kids for Kids: Using Technology and Design Thinking to Enhance Educational Opportunities.

Participate and share

Participate and share : Poster

Tuesday, June 25, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 36

Kiara Aguilar   Paula Castillo   Zaudee Rodriguez   Mia Castillo   Andrea Alessio Robles   Roberta Madrazo   Ana Sofia Cardenas   Sofia De la Mora   Amaya Dominguez   Camila Harp  
Learn how a second grade class used technology and design thinking to connect with other second-graders from a low-income school in Mexico City in order to detect and solve a real problem in their institution.

Audience: Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: iOS
Tablet: iOS
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Early childhood/elementary
Grade level: PK-2
Subject area: Social studies, ESL
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Global Collaborator
  • Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.
Additional detail: Student presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose and Objectives:
Our country, Mexico, faces a real big problem: inequality, that leads our children to live very different realities, and to face diverse educational opportunities.

Join this session to discover how Highlands International School’s 2nd graders used Technology and Design Thinking to connect with other 2nd graders from a low-income school, Mano Amiga Chalco, to build together the solutions for a real problem encountered in their institution that keeps them from having the same opportunities as them.

Students used their iPad to have a first encounter with their Mano Amiga peers in other to learn about them, their school, their lives, and situation (EMPATHIZE). Later on, after several encounters, and by interlacing both of their realities, they began to DEFINE the different challenges that they face on a daily basis. As soon as they were able to clarify the problem, they used a diverse range of technological tools, such as those found in Apple Creativity and Productivity Apps to share their ideas (IDEATE). Finally, they came up with a solution that was PROTOTYPED and TESTED.

In this project, English, Spanish, and Catholic Formation were addressed transversally, leading students to practice their second language, to strengthen their Spanish, and to develop the sense of empathy and strive laid out by our Catholic values.

The main purpose and objectives for this presentation are:

To share with the audience a Success Story in a 1:1 instructional program, including the challenges faced, and the final products.
To share how Design Thinking and Technology were implemented to enhance and leverage learning experiences.
To share with the audience student creations and proposals that contribute to a better Mexico and a better world.
To give our students an international platform to share their ideas.

Content and Activities:
Students and their teachers will share with the audience their experience, strategies, and learning process. The audience will participate by listening and asking questions to broaden the perspective of the project. Also, by sharing ideas that leverage our experience and learning.
Time - each participant will be able to stay as long as they want in the stand to, but, in general, they will take about 5-10 minutes listen to how the project developed, the challenges faced, and to share ideas.

Supporting research

Noel, L., & Liub, T. (2017). Using Design Thinking to Create a New Education Paradigm for Elementary Level Children for Higher Student Engagement and Success. Design and Technology: An International Journal, 22, 1-12. Retrieved January 1st, 2018, from

Wrigley, C., & Straker, K. (2015). Design Thinking pedagogy: The Educational Design Ladder. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 54(4), 374-385. doi:10.1080/14703297.2015.1108214

More [+]


Kiara Aguilar, Highlands International School
Paula Castillo, Highlands International School
Zaudee Rodriguez, Highlands International School
Mia Castillo, Highlands International School
Andrea Alessio Robles, Highlands International School.
Roberta Madrazo, Highlands International School
Ana Sofia Cardenas, Highlands International School
Sofia De la Mora, Highlands International School
Amaya Dominguez, Highlands International School
Camila Harp, Highlands International School

People also viewed

App Smash With Teams: Maximizing Your EdTech Tools Inside Teams
Averting Disaster with STEAM/PBL: Integrate to Innovate
Integrating Creativity Tools to Engage Middle School Girls in Computer Science