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Design Thinking in Digital Natives

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Location: La Nouvelle Ballroom, Table 10
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Dr. Suresh Chiruguru  
This session will provide a deeper understanding of the essential skills included in 21st century learning. Today's students must think critically, creatively and collaboratively, and communicate their ideas. Attendees will leave with a 4-C strategy to help design thinking in digital natives solve real-world problems.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Career and technical education, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
Related exhibitors:
Kahoot! EDU, Inc.
, Nearpod/Renaissance
, InnovateEDU
, ExploreLearning
, Quizizz Inc.
, ClassVR
, Promethean Inc.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

PURPOSE: This session is designed to provide educators with a deeper understanding of the nature of 21st-century learners and the academic and thinking skills that they need to develop to be successful in the rapidly changing techno-societies.

1. By end of the session, the attendees will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the Essential skills of a 21st Century classroom.
2. The attendees will be able to create an instructional plan to improvise the 4Cs-Design Thinking Model based on the diverse needs of their students.

THE OVERVIEW: As educators, it is one of the most essential and relevant areas of expertise to recognize our students and their needs as digital natives who always depend on technology and digital tools or platforms. It is equally important that educators who are digital immigrants develop relevant instructional strategies to facilitate training the mind to think rather than learning the facts.


5 mins - Warm-up about the usage of technology in the classroom.

5 mins - Presenter's introduction, purpose and the goals of the session.

10 mins. Introduction to the Essential Skills of 21st Century Classroom (4Cs - Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Collaboration, and Communication) as the foundational skills that help to design thinking in Digital Natives. B

20 mins -Model how to improvise the 4Cs to organize a progressive FOUR STEP Process to design thinking in students.
STEP ONE: CRITICAL THINKING - Engage with a real-world scenario to identify a problem, a question, or a claim using critical thinking and Bloom's Taxonomy Higher-Order Thinking Question stems. (Tech tools- brainstorming digital tools such as padlet, stormboard, etc.
STEP TWO: CREATIVE THINKING - Explore additional facts or pieces of evidence to support the claim or answer to the question. Create a graphic or a model to connect the ideas or facts. (Tech Tools-Mind mapping, Mural, etc.)
STEP THREE: COLLABORATION - Evaluate the facts by reasoning in collaboration with other with others. (Tech tools- Online collaboration - Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, etc.,)
STEP FOUR: COMMUNICATION - Explain the reasoning to others by writing a blog post, or through a video or infographics.

15 mins - The attendees will create an instructional plan to implement in their Teaching environment, using the 4Cs Design Thinking Strategy.

5 mins. Final thoughts, Session evaluation, questions.

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Dr. Suresh Chiruguru, LaGrange High School/Calcasieu Parish

Name: Dr. Suresh Chiruguru, Designation: Peer-Coach for Science (6-12) School/City: LaGrange High School, Lake Charles, LA. Years of Experience: 23 Years Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Doctor Philosophy (Christian Theology) (Ph.D.) Master of Psychotherapy and Counseling (M.P.C.) Master of Business Administration (M.B.A. Specialized in Energy Management) Doctor of Management Studies (D.M.S.) Doctor of Divinity (D.D. Honorary) Master of Science in Environmental Science (M.S.) (TBC in Dec. 2021) Successfully implemented the essential skills of 21st Century Learning such as CRITICAL THINKING, CREATIVE THINKING, COLLABORATION, AND COMMUNICATION. Published Dissertation: TRANSFORM TEACHING WITH INNOVATION AND IMPROVISATION.

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