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Creating Social Entrepreneurs using the Design Cycle Engineering Model

Lisa Gustinelli

This mini-course is designed to guide teachers through a design cycle engineering model to organize and instruct students in creating philanthropic projects that are communicated through a simple website. The design cycle, philanthropy project, and web design will be taught through the free online service, Edmodo. Participants will research social problems and develop solutions to implement on a large scale while designing a website, which will provide them with the skills to integrate this project-based learning in their classrooms. Participants’ websites will present the solutions within a developed philanthropy project. After completing this mini-course, teachers will be able to guide students to become change-makers, proving that learners who channel their passion into action can do almost anything.

Mini-Course and Registration Schedule:

This mini-course is self-paced and can be started upon enrollment.

  • Activity 1 is spent watching expert video, choosing a philanthropy project, and researching philanthropic websites to determine the criteria necessary for a successful site and philanthropy. Once individual research is compiled, participants submit their written proposal on their chosen philanthropy through Edmodo and participate in a blog which lists specific criteria developed by participants based on observations of various philanthropic websites to be used when "grading" their final project.
  • In this lesson, participants will gather materials such as videos, pictures, links, and text (written vision) related to their philanthropy to be used during the actual creation phase of the design cycle model. All materials will be uploaded to Edmodo. Participants will follow instructions to set up the necessary technical support for a WordPress website and will download WordPress in preparation for activity three.
  • In this phase, participants will create their website in WordPress. They will be taught to design the website by adding galleries, photos, widgets, backgrounds, hyperlinks, and text. Participants are encouraged to make their sites as complete as possible by using the design cycle criteria identified by other participants in the investigation stage and collected in the planning stage.
  • As the final step, participants will evaluate and reflect on their use of design cycle engineering model in order to make an abstract idea become a concrete viable goal. Reflection will take place through personal survey as well as sharing and evaluating participant website projects though a blog format. In this phase, participants will share ideas and meet with an expert in the area of global collaboration among student groups.

About Saint Andrew's School

A non-profit, independent, co-educational school for Grades K-12, Saint Andrew's School is both a private day and boarding school located in Boca Raton, educating the best students from across Palm Beach County, Florida, the United States, and throughout the world in the Episcopal tradition.

About Lisa Gustinelli

Lisa Gustinelli is an NMC Ambassador, an online instructor for Middlebury Interactive Languages and a Latin and French teacher at Saint Andrew’s school in Boca Raton, Florida. She has immersed herself in the fostering of technology in education both online and in the brick and mortar classroom. Lisa has taken this passion one step further by creating a philanthropic organization called Madagascar in My Heart (http://mada.inmyheart.org/) in order to bring learning though technology to students living in abject poverty in developing nations. As a social entrepreneur she has successfully raised funds and started computer-learning labs in the remote regions of Toliara, Ft. Dauphin and Sakahara, Madagascar. Her next project will take place in May of 2014 in South Africa. Angela Kopels is a science teacher at Saint Andrew's School. She is an education veteran with a background in school guidance and leadership. It is her mission to help students understand that science goes beyond the four walls of the classroom. Her students have successfully communicated science fair results using Glogster and have blogged current events in science using Edmodo. Following the the steps outlined in this course, her students are becoming social entrepreneurs through the development of a school community garden. Danielle Wishka is a school library media specialist at Saint Andrew’s School with a foundation in design and technology. With previous experience as a graphic designer and photographer, working in a school library for 10 years Danielle has introduce technologies such as blogs, wikis, and digital stories to teachers and students. After a switch from elementary to middle school and after just a year at Saint Andrew’s School, Danielle has begun transforming the classic library model into a school library media center. Teachers work with her collaboratively in the media center to integrate information literacy skills into their unit plans. Danielle strives to provided both teachers and students with tools needed to become 21st Century learners.