Check out this graphic organizer for passion projects that students can use to document their learning when going through the design thinking process!
At the bottom of the PDF, you will find a link to the Google Docs version of the graphic organizer. Make a copy and share it with your students!
Passion projects are learning opportunities where students identify their passions and use their passions to accomplish real-world goals that can be beneficial to specific people or living things. These projects allow students the freedom to learn what they want and how they want through self-inquiry. Students gain autonomy, while mastering specific learning goals through intrinsic motivation. Teachers take on the role of mentors who facilitate learning and provide guiding questions to further the progress of the student.
Many projects require students to design and create a solution to a real-world problem. This solution can be a tangible product, a service, or an action plan with detailed information of how to solve the problem. Students use the design thinking process to develop these solutions. Design thinking is an iterative method used to solve complex problems with a focus on human-centered design. This solution-thinking method is ideal for project-based learning and integrated units because it requires radical collaboration between different subject areas, and generates creative and innovative ideas for complex problems. The process involves five stages: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test. Students use the Design Thinking Digital Interactive Notebook to document their progress in developing their solution.
It is important to note that this template cannot be shared or used by people other than you and your students. Colleagues, administrators and other professionals will need to purchase their own template.