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Speak AI. Stay Human - Nurturing Creativity & Connection with Design Thinking

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 114 (Nutter Theater)

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Designing Schools
Sabba believes cultures of innovation begin with a culture of empathy. Dr. Quidwai's journey from high school teacher to Education Executive at Apple has been one of constant innovation and passion for transforming education. Sabba has dedicated her career to helping companies and schools foster the mindset and skills needed for success in the modern world. Her impact has been felt across a diverse range of organizations, including Apple, Vizio, and many school districts across the country. In 2022, she released a documentary on her research about design thinking to thrive in an AI-driven world.

Session description

If we want collaborative practice and creativity to become part of student culture, it needs to be modeled by teachers with a goal that it permeates faculty culture. Learn how design thinking, a framework for empathy-focused problem-solving, can improve our faculty culture and foster a community of collaborators.

Purpose & objective

Participants will understand the design thinking process and how it can be used as a tool for develop solutions to improve faculty collaboration.

- Participants will understand the design thinking process and how it can be used as a tool for students to solve problems

- Participants will learn how the Design Thinking process can help them fulfill the ISTE Communicator Educator standards

- Participants will be shown examples of how the Design Thinking process.

- Participants will be shown how to develop the scope and sequence of a design-driven experience

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- Divergent Thinking Ice Breaker - 5 minutes
- What is Design Thinking? - 5 minutes
- It starts with Empathy - 5 minutes
- Design Driven Challenge - Create the best solution to support faculty collaboration - 30 minutes
- Pitch and Present - 10 minutes
- Wrap Up - 5 minute

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Supporting research

Gray, A. (2016) The 10 Skills You Need To Thrive In The Fourth Industrial Revolution. World Economic Forum. Retrieved from: Institute of Design Stanford. (2017): 8 core abilities. Retrieved from:

IDEO. (2017). What is human-centered design. Retrieved from:

Brown, T., Wyatt, J. (2010) Design Thinking for Social Innovation. SSIR. Retrieved From:

Lawson, Bryan. How designers think: London, Butterworth Architecture, 1991.

Stribley, M. (2015) 20 Reasons Good Design [Really] Matters To Your Business. Canva. Retrieved from:

Wise, S. (2016). Design thinking in education: Empathy, challenge, discovery, and sharing. Edutopia. Retrieved from:

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Session specifications

Grade level:
Skill level:
Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Systems Designer
  • Lead teams to collaboratively establish robust infrastructure and systems needed to implement the strategic plan.
For Educators:
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.
Additional detail:
Session will be simulcast live