Author Archives: Andrew

About Andrew

I am a teacher in central Connecticut, a freelance writer, and a kayaker and outdoorsman.

Design Thinking Workshop, level 102

Design Thinking Workshop, level 102. via Design Thinking Workshop, level 102.

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Teaching: The Hour of Code

The following is a reposting of an article from my blog, andrewbwatt.wordpress.com. I’ve not talked much about my teaching of late, because, frankly, I’ve been busy.  VERY BUSY. What I’ve been doing Neil Gaiman observed that some angels fall. Others … Continue reading

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AISNE Conference on Design Thinking

I did a reprise of my CAIS Conference on Design Thinking this past Tuesday, but this time for AISNE, and at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA.  Initial feedback suggests it was a rousing success. One of the things that … Continue reading

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IDS Design Event

Independent Day School of Middlefield is hosting two Design events open to teams of Middle Schoolers, one is on November 3, 2012; the other is on April 6, 2013. November 3, 2012: Redesign the Electoral College.  Students have to develop … Continue reading

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Design Thinking On the Horizon

The current issue (Spring 2012) of Independent School magazine includes an article about the appearance of Design Thinking in independent schools, titled “An Experience of Yes”. As many of you on the commission know, I’ve been running the design thinking … Continue reading

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A Middle School Contest

Hi, CAIS CPD friends and allies, I told Bill that I was running this contest at IDS on March 10, 2012, and he suggested that I post the video that I made explaining the contest here, to help publicize it … Continue reading

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Forms, Fields and Flows

http://blip.tv/play/v0ix%2BSEC.htmlhttp://a.blip.tv/api.swf#v0ix+SEC We’ve seen my friend Dave Gray before, but I don’t think it’s possible to overemphasize in the 21st century the importance of teaching kids (and adults) to be visual communicators.    Giving them a language — even one as … Continue reading

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