Yesterday I attended Fablearn 2012 at Stanford University. This was the final day of a two-day conference that brought together researchers and practitioners from the fields of education, computer science, art, and engineering who aspire to transform learning through the use of design thinking methodologies coupled with digital resources. Throughout the day there was a mix of panel discussions and lectures from experts in project based learning, and design thinking methodologies.
Greeting from CAL! I am just checking in to formally introduce myself. I am a 5th year PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Education. I conduct research on design thinking, teacher professional development with 21st century resources, and STEM particularly as these inform the gender and racialized identities of African American and transnational youth. Specifically, I explore the ways that math and science teachers guide young people to use media to address critical issues that affect them in their everyday lives.