Design Thinking for Educators Digital Curriculum Map Fellowship

I chose the Design Thinking for Educators from IDEo because this is a human-centered design and this approach allows learners to be active participants. By allowing participants to discover, interpret, ideate, experiment, and evolve their thinking, the learning experience becomes very relevant to them. This approach to Professional Learning opportunities will not only engage participants, but also provide them with a learning opportunity that is relevant to them and they are able to quickly apply the learning. Each of the five stages of Design Thinking for Educators allows the participant to stop and think about how to best take the tools and enhance their teaching practice and the learning experience for students.



  • Educational Technology Coordinator
  • Site Administrators
  • Educational Technology Teachers on Special Assignment
  • EdTech Site Technology Lead Teachers
  • Classroom Teachers


I have a challenge. How do I approach it?

The Challenge: Teachers know that students learn in different ways. Educational Technology tools provide teachers a way to reach all students and provide meaningful learning opportunities. Teachers need to be exposed to a variety of tools and find the tools that best meet the needs of their students and enhance the learning opportunities in their class.

Approach: Site Administrators and Teachers will be exposed to the Digital Curriculum Map to help them focus on the Educational Technology Tools that best meet the needs of their students. Teachers will then be introduced to the concept of Fellowships.


I learned something. How do I interpret it?

The Learning: Once tools and resources from the Digital Curriculum Map have been introduced to site administrators and teachers, teachers will have the opportunity to select the tools they want to learn more about and join the Digital Curriculum Map (DCM) Fellowship.

Interpretation: Teachers who join the DCM Fellowship will have an opportunity to work with an Educational Technology Teacher on Special Assignment (EdTech TOSA) to take a deeper dive into the selected tool. EdTech TOSAs will work with the teacher to develop lesson plans around the content and appropriate pedagogy and bring in the EdTech tools that best support the objective of the lessons.


I see an opportunity. What do I create?

The Opportunity: Teachers will have an opportunity to meet with their EdTech TOSA on a regular basis and begin planning lesson that will enhance the learning opportunities for all students. This stage of the Design Thinking allows teachers to begin thinking about how the EdTech tools can transform the way they teach and the way students learn.

Creation: Teachers will create lesson plans that focus on the content they are trying to deliver to their students and will incorporate tools from the Digital Curriculum Map. Teachers can select from a variety of topics including assessment, checking for understanding, digital binders, workflow, digital storytelling, and presentation tools. Teachers will begin creating lesson plans that use tools from the DCM.


I have an idea. How do I build it?

The Idea: Once teachers begin to understand how to use the EdTech tools from the DCM, they will begin to think about how these tools can be used in the classroom. Teachers will begin to use these tools in their classrooms and their lessons to experiment with best uses of these tools.

Building: The role of the EdTech TOSA will be to guide the planning and implementation of the tools. Teachers will begin to develop their own ideas about the uses of these tools. Teachers will also begin implementing these tools to get a better idea of how to best use tools in their classroom. EdTech TOSAs can do demonstration lessons to help facilitate the learning of how to best use the DCM EdTech tools.


I tried something. How do I evolve it?

The First Time: Teachers will begin to implement the tools. Once they have their first experiences, they will take time to debrief and think about how these tools transform their teaching and the learning. They will also reflect and think how these tools allow for more communication and collaboration among students. They will think about how to best utilize the resources and provide engaging learning experiences in the the future.

Improvements: Along with reflecting on using these tools for the first time, teachers will also discuss with the EdTech TOSA ways they can improve next time. Once teachers have used the tools for the first time, they will begin to understand how these tools can support student learning and academic success. They will also begin to see how these tools can be combined with other tools and carried over across different content areas.

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Maricela Hernandez


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