Lab Notes

Designing Habi's Design Principles

Designing Habi's Design Principles

After a busy year of everything from “one time” design thinking workshops and larger, long-term collaborations, we spent some time last December designing our internal systems for a change.

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PRISM Teacher Feature: Jennifer Yadao

PRISM Teacher Feature: Jennifer Yadao

For Teacher Jenny, PRISM was not only an opportunity to improve her digital literacy, it was also an opportunity to address an issue she felt was very relevant to her profession – the lack of professional etiquette on social media platforms

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Design Thinking for Your Daily Life

Design Thinking for Your Daily Life

Design thinking is a fluency–it’s something that you have to intentionally use in your daily life until empathy, collaboration, prototyping, and improving with feedback becomes second nature.

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Teaching and Relearning

Teaching and Relearning

I arrived at Philippine Science High School a little before seven am. I thought I was going to be tardy after sleeping through my…

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Merrygalo Kami! Worksheets for Teachers

Merrygalo Kami! Worksheets for Teachers

Bilang pasasalamat sa mga guro, nais naming ibahagi ngayong Pasko ang lima sa paborito naming worksheet na maaari ninyong gamitin sa loob o labas ng klasrum. Maligayang Pasko mula sa Habi!

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PRISM Teacher Feature: Arniel Ping

PRISM Teacher Feature: Arniel Ping

Empathy came naturally to Media and Information Literacy (MIL) teacher Arniel Ping, who immediately realized that being a part of the Yellow Mission was the push he needed to address a long-standing challenge that was close to his heart and craft: the lack of quality and accessible MIL materials for Filipino teachers nationwide.

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Looking at Action Research Through Design Thinking

Looking at Action Research Through Design Thinking

“Action research is rather simple,” was what one teacher said after learning about how action research could be applied to her own classroom in…

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Reimagining Education

Reimagining Education

How can schools be redesigned in order to nurture a new generation of changemakers? We have been invited by Ashoka to lead their ChangemakerXChange public event that focused on Reimagining Education.

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Let's Talk About Education Inequity

Let's Talk About Education Inequity

Since coming back to the Philippines in 2015, I’ve worked hand in hand with different organizations addressing real issues in the Philippine educational landscape. Some organizations are more well-known than others, but they’re all united to fight a wicked problem: education inequity.

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A Lesson on Empathy

A Lesson on Empathy

With what’s going on now–political tensions, war on drugs, terrorism– I am pushed to explore ways on how to arm our students with a proper understanding of our world. The dark times we face should empower us to teach beyond content and encourage our students to make things better; be aware yet stay optimistic.

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Going Regional

Going Regional

Working with the ebullient children, whose ideas were as colorful as the diverse national clothing they respectively wore that day, was definitely a breath of fresh air. Now we can proudly say that Habi had a hand in strengthening our country’s ties with our ASEAN neighbors.

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The Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect

“Imagine that your problem has been solved,” we prompted, “what do you think will be the positive and/or negative effects on the people closest to the stakeholders you’ve chosen?” After identifying these effects, we asked the participants to think bigger: what will the effects be on the school community? On the neighborhood? On the town?

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Creative Confidence for Teachers

Creative Confidence for Teachers

A workshop on creativity! You could say it was bound to happen. Katty is a social scientist who has ongoing pursuits in music, urban farming and alternative medicine. Gerson champions for the inclusion of design and technology in education. Delphine works countless hours as a professional theatre actor and dancer. The three tapped into their experiences and delivered a workshop on the creative applications of teaching to the faculty of Philippine Science High School — Ilocos Region Campus (Pisay-IRC).

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Tips for Testing Prototypes

Tips for Testing Prototypes

Essentially, we’re transforming the participants’ role into co-designers. User testing sessions, prototype showcase, gallery walks, feedback sessions, whatever you call them–are very powerful tools to engage communities and share with them the ownership of a solution.

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Plataporma: From Self-Awareness to Action

Plataporma: From Self-Awareness to Action

“Let’s begin by checking in”, facilitator Meila Romero-Payawal says as she smiles and gently taps on her belly. Around unfamiliar faces and a seemingly strange venue for an educational workshop (a ballet studio), the participants slowly eased into the group, forming a circle. She introduces herself and candidly speaks about her 4-month old baby bump as she checks in. This is a familiar way to begin meetings, workshops and classes, so I’m not surprised that the participants, mostly teachers, comfortably followed suit

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Teacher-made Prototypes

Teacher-made Prototypes

Two-day workshops allow teachers to use the HABI process in solving real problems in their schools, producing ideas and prototypes at the end of the workshop. It makes the learning experience meaningful and productive, giving participants a feeling of achievement.

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