Design Education Conference
June 28-29, 2013
Philadelphia

About The Conference

You are invited to be part of this historic event to bring together design educators and designers to shape the future of preK-12 design education.

This hybrid conference/un-conference will provide speakers as well as a forum to allow discussion groups to evolve. During the conference segment, speakers will present on topics such as the STEM to STEAM initiative, gamification, design history, Extreme by Design projects to design thinking. There will be planned workshops on drawing for design, model-making, video production, the Visioneer competition, and how to create a design-based school or program, among others. During the unconference portion on day two, time and meeting space will be provided for anyone to lead sessions on relevant topics, share experiences and knowledge and to be inspired by creative ideas. Unlike the traditional conference format of the first day, the flexible, participant-driven format favors discussion, debate and interactive participation on emerging trends, the latest issues and new projects. YOU build the unconference agenda around your interests, needs and areas of expertise, with interactive participation driving the sessions.

Additionally, the conference will convene leading design education professionals to collaborate on the initiation of design education standards and curriculum for preK-12 education.

Location:
University of the Arts
320 S Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

About Design-Ed

DESIGN-ED is a collaboration of PreK-12 teachers, schools, administrators, universities, designers, organizations, businesses, museums, institutions, individuals, and others supporting design education initiatives in K-12 schools.

We support all disciplines of design education in PreK-12 schools and teacher education programs.

The purpose of the DESIGN-ED coalition is to develop policies of support for design education at the international, national, state, and local school district levels.

Speakers

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  • Bjarki Hallgrimsson
    Bjarki Hallgrimsson
  • Steven Heller
    Steven Heller
  • Kevin Henry
    Kevin Henry
  • Cas Holman
    Cas Holman
  • Karl Kapp
    Karl Kapp
  • Illah Nourbakhsh
    Illah Nourbakhsh
  • Pamela Pease
    Pamela Pease
  • Kevin Werbach
    Kevin Werbach

Schedule

Friday, June 28

  • 8:30 AM
    Registration / breakfast & coffee (provided)
  • 9:00 AM
    Keynote Speaker ‐ Kevin Werbach "Gamification"
  • 10:00 AM
    Keynote Speaker ‐ Steven Heller, "Design History"
  • 11:00 AM
    Breakout Sessions
    1. Pamela Pease, Paintbox Press ‐ "The World of Design"
    2. Karl Kapp, Author ‐ "The Gamification of Learning and Instructions: Game-based Methods and Strategies for Training and Education"
  • 12:00 PM
    Lunch (on-site, provided)
  • 1:00 PM
    Reconvene / announcements
  • 1:30 PM
    Keynote Speaker ‐ Kevin Henry, "Drawing for Designers"
  • 2:30 PM
    Break
  • 3:00 PM
    Cas Holman, "Imaginative Free Play, Creativity and STEAM"
  • 4:30 PM
    Adjourn

Saturday, June 29

  • 8:30 AM
    Registration / breakfast & coffee (provided)
  • 9:00 AM
    Keynote Speaker ‐ Illah Nourbakhsh, "Robot Futures"
  • 10:00 AM
    Break
  • 10:30 AM
    Breakout Sessions
    1. Bjarki Hallgrimsson ‐ "Prototyping and Modelmaking for Product Design"
  • 12:00 PM
    Lunch (on-site, provided)
  • 1:00 PM
    Reconvene / announcements
  • 1:30 PM
    Unconference
  • 4:30 PM
    Closing remarks
  • 5:00 PM
    Adjourn

What is an Unconference?

The shortest answer is this: an unconference is a highly informal conference. Two differences are particularly notable. First, at an unconference, the program isn’t set: it’s created with the help of all the participants rather than beforehand by a program committee. Second, at an unconference, there are no presentations—all participants in an unconference are invited to lead, talk and work with fellow participants in every session.

An unconference is to a conference what a seminar is to a lecture; going to an unconference is like being a member of an improv troupe where going to a conference is (mostly) like being a member of an audience. Perhaps the best example of the ‘unconference’ format in the humanities thus far has been the THATCamps that originated at the Roy Rosenzweig Center of History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University. (A portion of this description has been adapted from THATCamp.org under the terms of a CC-BY license.)

You don’t need to know anything more about the unconference format itself than what is here. Just come ready to participate yourself. What you get out of an unconference is directly related to what you put into it!