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Design Studio for Educators

Explore and create

Explore and create : Creation lab

Sunday, November 29, 12:15–1:05 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Sadie Lewis  
Visual design communicates powerful messages, but is often overlooked in professional learning. In this workshop, we will explore design in the classroom. Learn strategies for teaching design, and engage in activities to learn basic design concepts like color, typography and layout. Gain resources to integrate design into your instruction.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Access to Google Drive
Topic: Creativity & curation tools
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Attendees will understand the best practices of visual communication and visual design, and how to put them into practice

Attendees will develop a design process, and learn how to apply the elements of visual design to their work

Attendees will learn digital tools and skills to incorporate design into their instruction

Session attendees will:
Learn the concepts of design - type, color, and layout
Learn the Design Best Practices
Understand how design concepts and best practices can tell stories or convey messages when used effectively
Develop their own design process that fits their needs
Engage in hands-on Design Challenges to practice new skills
Interact with the content through a shared digital workbook
Gain strategies and resources to challenge students to think like designers


Content to be presented:
-Layout - layout for presentations, apps, websites, social media graphics, etc.
-Color - Color Theory, using color to tell a story, choosing color palettes, digital color tools
-Typography - Intro to Typography, type families, creating custom type pairings
-Using simple tech tools to create well-designed graphics

Outline - 3 hours total:
20 min: Visual Communication and Design - what is “good design,” why is design important, and how can design enhance our communication skills
30 min: Layout - identifying your audience, developing layout using design rules
45 min: Color - color theory, color stories, developing powerful color palettes, digital color tools
45 min: Typography - how to pair typefaces to convey a message
40 min: Putting it all together, strategies for teaching design to students

Session attendees will be provided with a digital workbook. Throughout the lesson, various concepts will be introduced and taught by the presenter, and discussed by the group. Several small design challenges will allow attendees to practice the new content and skills with the support of the presenter.

Supporting research

Couros, George. The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity. San Diego: Dave Burgess Consulting, 2015. Print.

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Sadie Lewis, Mehlville R-IX School District

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