*This is an online course which will be conducted via Zoom.
Identify personal strengths and talents
Determine a societal challenge of personal interest
Research to gain deeper understanding of challenge
Interview successful social entrepreneurs
Use Design Thinking to innovate solutions to the challenge
Craft and deliver a message to advocate a solution
Utilize feedback from social entrepreneurs in the field to modify solution
Build confidence in advocating for one’s own talent
Day 1: Starting with Knowing Me
This session aims to introduce class members and build understanding about personal strengths, talents through experiential learning activities.
Day 2-3: Introduction to Design Thinking and Uncover
This session aims to introduce the stages in design thinking: uncover, define, ideation, prototype and test, storytelling. Students apply their research skills to uncover a global challenge of personal interest. The UN sustainable goals can be a resource for global challenge. Students frame their interest into a design challenge.
Day 4: Ideate and Decide
This session aims to generate many ideas for solutions to their challenge. Experiential learning activities provide practice for students use diverse thinking. At the end of this session, they determine their design challenge.
Day 5: Prototype and Test
This session aims to have students test multiple prototypes of their solutions. They learn to make quick prototypes. Also, they give and receive feedback for modification and revision. The session’s outcome is creating an innovative solution with tangible prototypes that utilizes a personal strength or talent.
Day 6: Storytelling
Students prepare an elevator pitch of their solution. They enhance their presentation with visuals, such as PowerPoint slides. In addition, students practice telling their story with feedback from teachers and peers.
Day 7: The Speech
Students pitch their idea to an authentic audience, pre-arranged business members from the community. Students reflect on the process for developing their solution and pitch.
Target Participants / Prerequisite
Students should have a high level of creativity and problem-solving skills. Students should also be proficient in English and Chinese.
Dr. Marlon Ng
Marlon Ng, Ed. D. has over 25 years of teaching, curriculum development, and educational leadership experience. He has worked in international schools in Hong Kong and Thailand in multiple capacities including curriculum director, educational consultant, and teacher. His areas of interest have been on educational culture, design thinking and storytelling. Over the past few years Dr. Ng has presented at a number of conferences locally in Hong Kong (21C, WERA) and abroad in the United States, Malaysia, and Thailand (EARCOS, ISTE, and GELS). These talks have focused on his research, particularly in the area of curriculum design and organization communication. When he is not researching and writing, Dr. Ng enjoys reading mysteries and jogging.
Ms. Twiggy Chan
Ms. Twiggy Chan is currently an independent education consultant, focusing on special education and talent development in Hong Kong. She is now actively involved in special needs teacher training at university. She has obtained Master of Education in Inclusive and Special Education; Master of Social Science in Social Work; Postgraduate Diploma in Education; Bachelor of Science in Sport Science and Leisure Management and Professional development Course for Teachers (Catering for Diverse Learning Needs). She has been teaching in international school, local schools and non-profit organization.
Twiggy is one of the Founding members, Special Interest Group for School Guidance, Life Skills and Career Development, Faculty of Education Centre for Advancement of Inclusive and Special Education, The University of Hong Kong and help to lead workshops or be a speaker for teachers and parents with gifted learners or children with learning difficulties. She also organized events to promote the talents for students with special needs, such as the “Special Innovation House: A Multi-sensory Extravaganza”, Boaz International Education, with more than 200 participants.
Twiggy also specializes in helping students to find their talents and has partnered with universities and schools to conduct leadership training and entrepreneurship training program. Her start-up company, Boaz International Education Institute, has been awarded HSBC Youth Business Award 2016 – Gold Award, HKTDC and HKFYG Entrepreneur Day 2016 – Outstanding Start-up Award, Top 10 SME Customer Service Awards 2016 and Innovative Entrepreneurship Award 2017 by Junior Chamber International Hong Kong. Her start-up story has been featured in various media and has been awarded the Most Social Responsible Corporate Award by Welikehk in 2017.
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