Design Thinking from Minds Wide Open

Helping students complete tasks & solve problems

This is an excellent way to get students to become 21st century learners. A system to allow teachers to better cater for the needs of future learning. Thank you! Thank you!

What is Design Thinking?

Design Thinking (DT) is for helping students complete tasks and solve problems in structured ways. Design Thinking utilises skills, strategies and dispositions to assist students self-manage their assignments and projects.

Design thinking involves the use of strategies for understanding design needs and opportunities, visualising and generating creative and innovative ideas, planning, and analysing and evaluating those ideas that best meet the criteria for success.

Design processes require students to identify and investigate a need or opportunity; generate, plan and realise designed solutions; and evaluate products and processes. Consideration of economic, environmental and social impacts that result from designed solutions are core to design thinking. Outlined by The Australian Curriculum

If you teach STEM / STEAM you should teach Design Thinking because it gives students a clear and consistent pathway to follow.

Design Thinking is STEM / STEAM without the chaos!


What is Future-Focused Project Based Learning?

Future-focused learning prepares students across all curriculum areas and learning stages with skills and capabilities to thrive in a rapidly changing and interconnected world. Project-based learning (PBL) is an approach to teaching and learning that engages students in rich and authentic learning experiences. Inspired by Learning for the future, NSW DoE

If you teach Project Based Learning you should teach Design Thinking because problem solving is the #1 skill for the workplace of the future.

PBL that is future-focused is Design Thinking!

Why teach Design Thinking?

“Today’s world looks different. Work is project-based and performance is measured by the impact of ideas and the team’s ability to execute those ideas. Education systems should refocus on engaging students in this kind of work where ideal outcomes are… students’ capacities to connect with others, create innovative products/solutions and to implement them.”


Australia needs enterprising individuals who can make discerning decisions about the development and use of technologies and who can independently and collaboratively develop solutions to complex challenges and contribute to sustainable patterns of living.

In an increasingly technological and complex world, it is important to develop knowledge and confidence to critically analyse and creatively respond to design challenges. Knowledge, understanding and skills involved in the design, development and use of technologies are influenced by and can play a role in enriching and transforming societies and our natural, managed and constructed environments. From The Australian Curriculum



Why do children go to school?

To function socially and productively in society when they grow up.

We live in a rapidly changing world whether we like it or not now and if what we teach - and how we teach it - stay the same, our students will be left behind.

Students need to be taught how to learn to learn. They learn to learn by THINKING for themselves.

But how do you teach traditionally spoon-fed students to think for themselves?

Learning how to learn comes under the genre of FUTURE-FOCUSED LEARNING. Future-Focused learning isn't a luxury anymore - it's a necessity to live and work in the world of tomorrow.

What skills will our current crop of students need to develop over their thirteen years of schooling to be employable in 2030? Students will need to be particularly strong in these areas:


Critical thinking and judgement

Science and maths


Strategic and creative thinking

Verbal communication and interpersonal skills




When today's little kids become young adults. Watch the video below.


We are Minds Wide Open. Future-focused PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROVIDERS and specialist future-focused classroom resource creators.

We train you to train your students how to independently solve complex problems. Once students are empowered with these skills they can create their own preferred futures and make a difference in the world!

This is without doubt the best professional development I have ever attended. I feel empowered with the knowledge and resources to implement the program into my school tomorrow.
— Lisa Netting, Assistant Principal, St Francis of Assisi Regional Catholic Primary School, Paddington, NSW