Thursday, 16 October 2014 09:52

Engage. Inspire. Enable: Activating students to make a dent in the universe, by Ewan McIntosh

In recent years, talk around ‘design thinking’ has created a false dichotomy between the way ‘creative’ people think, and the way schools think.

“Designerly” thinking and “teacherly” thinking are not always a million miles apart. Drawing on the creative dispositions encouraged in those using the process of design thinking, this day will build on Formative Assessment ‘godfather’ Dylan Wiliam’s propositions around the importance of:

i. Sharing learning objectives and success criteria
ii. Engineering activities that elicit evidence of learning
iii. Soliciting and giving quality feedback
iv. and v. Activating students as owners of their learning, and as instructional resources for each other

Ewan will take each concept on which existing formative assessment practice is built, and explore how one might plan deeper projects that harness each teaching and learning concept, and which facilitate deep immersion in content, rather than a perfunctory skate across curriculum. You will then experience an entire cycle of the design thinking process, using specific pedagogy from Wiliams’ work at each phase.

Ewan McIntosh

Ewan-McIntosh2Ewan McIntosh is the founder of NoTosh Limited, a Scotland and Australia-basedcompany with  a global reputation for researching and delivering new learning opportunities for some of the world’s top creative companies and school districts.

McIntosh’s company, NoTosh Limited, develops products and services with creative companies on the one hand, and then takes the processes, attitudes and research gained there to the world of education. The company works in hundreds of schools and districts every month, providing ideas, inspiration and research on how to better engage kids.

Ewan was a French and German High School teacher, Scotland’s first National Advisor on Learning and Technology Futures and has been advisor on the digital agenda to the Vice President of the European Commission, Mrs Neelie Kroes. He currently sits on the ICT Excellence Expert Group advising the Cabinet Minister for Education in Scotland.

Outside the world of education, he helped set up one of the most ambitious investment funds from a public service broadcaster in the UK, the $100m 4iP Fund from Channel 4 Television, and was Commissioner of that fund for the North of the UK. Companies in which he has invested have won Media Guardian Awards for the Best App of 2010; another developed one of Apple’s Top 30 All-Time Best Selling Apps, appearing in the Guardian’s Tech Invest 100, 2010.In 2010, McIntosh launched the world’s first iPad Investment Fund.

Ewan and his team are all about engaging people, whether they're voters, customers or kids in a classroom.

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His latest creative projects include helping to redesign the 40th anniversary summit of the ITU, the United Nations agency responsible for telecommunications technologies, and codirecting the digital side of the Scottish National Party's 2011 re-election campaign, resulting in a historic landslide majority win that technically "wasn't possible". Education projects are varied, working with hundreds of schools on design thinking and developing leadership, helping create the world’s first TEDx event by and for eight year olds, and turning the textbook on its head through our interactive developments.

He frequently gives talks and workshops around the world, trying to find new and better ways of using emerging technologies in education, and exploring the changing physical environments that are required to best harness these opportunities. More information is available on the company website:, and you can follow his take on current education trends on his regularly updated blog:

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