Happy Steve

Innovation and Learning

Start with clarity of intent.

Now build it out with an evocative vision. Improvise progress by tinkering: with lots of trial and lots of error. The not knowing is the best bit: the mysteries the surprises, and from time to time the windfalls! 

Hello there, I'm Steve Collis! 

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Design Thinking

A Case Study of program redesign for Year 8 French.

Key phrase = design, at every level: space, people, program, tech, etc

The team: myself, colleague Suzanne, and my colleague Clive 


1. Empathy / Discovery


  • survey kids - click HERE for survey


  • earnest discussion, seeking insights:

2. Definition


3. Ideate

You can see our ideation process here.

Not needing to be recorded were a range of other design elements:

  • deregulated physical space
  • pairs of classes with pairs of teachers, i.e. 60 kids + 2 teachers
  • web portal with on demand resources, and student culture confident with this modality
  • project based learning, where the learning experiences are organised around a higher purpose of a high-stages project with a real audience

4. Prototype

Basically, I went ahead and build a prototype by myself.

We've built out 4 units of work so far.

You can see the web structure of one unit here - username: scilvisitor , password: tBhhhA


The "Record" Activity" with Optional QR Code


5. Test

So far this year, a massive success :-) 

List of improvements for next year!

Elective numbers for French in Year 9 have doubled.