Lab Notes

Making the shift

Making the shift

For a company whose bread and butter is in facilitating workshops and face-to-face sessions with schools and teachers, the pandemic hit us pretty hard….

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Two-way Learning

Two-way Learning

“When one teaches, two learn.” It is this dialogue, this two-way learning relationship, that also motivates us as teacher-educators. In our numerous Design Thinking workshops for teachers, not only do we teach, but we also learn. The discussions, activities, and worksheets are learning opportunities, not just for the participants, but for ourselves too.

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An nCov-enient Truth

An nCov-enient Truth

With the recent spike in confirmed cases in the Philippines and the slew of school suspensions, we are just now trying to figure out how to deal with COVID-19. Social distancing remains to be the best way to combat the spread of the virus, so suspending school seems to be the sensible option,  but its not the kind of disease that should compromise our learner’s growth and development. So how might we still continue delivering and ensuring that learning happens for our students?

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Making Sense of Project-Based Learning in Higher Education

Making Sense of Project-Based Learning in Higher Education

Hi, I’m Celina! Some of you might know me as a Habi Learning Experience Designer (LXD), but I also spend my days in the…

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Design Thinking for Nutrition Month

Design Thinking for Nutrition Month

It’s been a few (!) years since I was in elementary school but one of my clearest memories from my early days as a…

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Go! STEMpowered Girls (part 3 of 3)

Go! STEMpowered Girls (part 3 of 3)

Note: STEMpower Our Girls is an experiential scientific literacy program designed for young girls to increase their aptitude and attitude towards science and math….

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Get set! STEMpowered Workshop (part 2 of 3)

Get set! STEMpowered Workshop (part 2 of 3)

Note: STEMpower Our Girls is an experiential scientific literacy program designed for young girls to increase their aptitude and attitude towards science and math….

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Ready! STEMpowered Design (part 1 of 3)

Ready! STEMpowered Design (part 1 of 3)

STEMpower Our Girls is an experiential scientific literacy program designed for young girls to increase their aptitude and attitude towards science and math. It…

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Tahan-tahanan Toys

Tahan-tahanan Toys

Tahan-tahanan is a halfway house for indigent young patients with chronic illnesses. They needed our help to think of new programs for the parents and patients, more meaningful than the typical outreach programs they hold. We wanted to dig deeper, and empathize with the parents and patients, to facilitate interactions that served their needs.

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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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The Good Movement

The Good Movement

Habi is the Filipino act of weaving indigenous fabrics, valued for their intricate patterns and sturdy craftsmanship. Likewise, I see the lab as weaving…

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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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HANDs Project 2016

The immersion taught the fellows to be open, to take a beginner’s perspective in project development, and to really take into consideration what communities…

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Design Thinking with HANDs Project

We designed and facilitated a 5-day Design Thinking intensive for the HANDs Project Fellows, a project by Japan Foundation that aims to bring together…

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