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Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses2003 ➔ Integrating New Technologies in the Collaborative Classroom


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Alexander Khost (designer)
John Sharp (thesis advisor)
Sven Travis (thesis advisor)
Stacy Miller (thesis advisor)




Our thesis investigates how a collaborative design process can be used to encourage peer-to-peer and experiential learning. Throughout the last year, we have co-taught three collaborative design courses each exploring a different theme (design for the internet, design for school, and animals). Our interests have been in integrating technology into the traditional classroom learning experience. This includes combining technology with non-digital methods of learning, as well as teaching technology not as an elective, but in conjunction with more traditional subject matter. As educators, we've been extremely interested in how technology can assist in shifting the educational paradigm. Along this line, we've worked successfully with non-traditional age ranges within our classes (8-14 year olds).  

Our goal is to create a structured lesson plan system inside a flexible and  spontaneous curriculum setting that we can share with fellow educators.



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