Design Thinking + Our Digital Strategy = Making IT Matter | #CESIcon 2016 Follow Up

I was honored and delighted to spend some time with friends at #CESIcon 2016 today! Here is a brief follow up to our design thinking challenge this morning. We very (very!) quickly ran through two steps of a design thinking challenge (empathize & define) to wet the appetite for learning more about design thinking and how it can be used to tackle wicked problems.  The design thinking activity today was directly connected to the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020 guiding document.

Here are the slides:

And, here is the raw data (the invisible made visible) from the session – you can use this to continue the challenge and to ideate – prototype – and test! Looking forward to continuing the conversation – please share your adventures in design thinking, would love to hear from you again!

Tweets from session: (Storify now defunct :( ) 

Transcript from TodaysMeet:

#edchatie #cesicon friends: Save the Date for #GREAT16

If you are an educator in Ireland (or if your summer travel plans include Ireland) be sure to attend the free 9th annual MAET/ICT/Educational Technology Conference (#GREAT16) on the campus of NUI Galway in Galway, Ireland on Thursday July 14, 2016 (timetable announced later in the summer.)

Last year’s #GREAT15 conference again exceed our expectations. Several of our #edchatie friends made it to Galway for the conference and we were delighted to welcome Stephen Howell as our keynote. It truly was an amazing day and we are looking forward to reconnecting and making new friends at #GREAT16.

the mad #edchatie crew at #GREAT15

The conference is organized and presented by the Year 2 Overseas MSU MAET students as a requirement for their CEP 815: Technology and Leadership course (see the assignment here), and is targeted towards anyone who works in the field of education (K12, higher ed, and beyond).

Below you will find archives of the past 8 conferences to give you an idea of the spirit of the conference:

2015 #GREAT15:
2014 #GREAT14:
2013 #GREAT13:
2012 #GREAT12:
2011 RELATe:
2010 RELATe
2009 PLATE
2008 PLATE (parts of site available on

If you’re interested in coming, fill out this simple form to register your interest. We will send more updates as the schedule emerges:

One more opportunity to connect:

If you’re an educator or maker in, or around, Galway I would love to talk to you about the possibility of visiting your classroom/learning/making space! Our students are eager to not only visit classrooms, but potentially collaborate with you on an activity. We will be in Galway June 26 – July 23, 2016. I know this is the end of the school year and into holidays (which is a tricky time) but we are very interested in connecting with you! Just tweet me (@gravesle) if you’re interested!