I am on my second year leading my team using Pactful at e3 Civic High. Last year our 10th grade used Pactful to help us prepare projects for our Exhibition of Learning and to present at D4SD, a design competition in San Diego. This year we are using Pactful in 9th and 10th grades.
Our program consists of four years of Design Thinking. This year our 9th through 11th are meeting on Fridays for either 45 minutes or 90 minutes depending on the week. We started the year with a small project on civic engagement and voting. We are now focused on creating projects for our end of year exhibition. A lot of the projects are focused on problems our kids see at home, we have a couple of projects focused on hybrid education models from the student point of view, we have a project that attempts to leverage the gaming community to promote social unity and we have a lot of people interested in projects around hunger.
I am currently running two types of projects. The first is my attempt to allow a non-linear process. My groups that did well on tests of the concepts of design thinking are being given a set of goals (Pactful tasks) to accomplish. They are creating calendars and driving their projects based on what they think they need to do next. The other scholars may not be doing as well on understanding the basics of Design Thinking. I am working more closely with them walking them through step-by-step. Currently they are doing individual projects but I hope to create some group projects as we move from Understand to Ideate.
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.
Lead of Computer Science and Design Thinking
e3 Civic High