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In this stage, students will take their first steps in rapid digital prototyping and understand the motivations for that.

Learning Goals

It is expected that, by the end of this meeting, students:
- Understand the motivations for prototyping
- Develop an initial understanding about and practice with one digital prototyping tool

Estimated Time: 1 hr

Prep Work for Students

You can ask students to fiill in this form, if you think this helps you register their work. In this lesson, the answers to the form can also be the source for a word cloud (see class meeting guide below).

1 - Define the idea that you want to prototype, taking your user's feedback into account.

2 - Explore this person's social media profiles: [coming soon]. Take notes on what stands out to you.

3 - Watch the video on paper prototypes. Reflect: what was needed for creating them? Write your thoughts in your journal.

Keep logging your work on your physical or online journal.

Suggested Time: 2 hrs

Class Meeting

Part (est. time) Content
Intro (5 min) Intro video from past cohorts (coming soon).
Overview of previous meeting.
Agenda and expectations for this meeting.
Warm Up (5 min) Ask students to share their thoughts about the video on paper prototyping. What did they notice? What struck them? Have they ever done something similar? What was it like?
Debate: Prototyping (10 min) Start a conversation with students about prototypes: what are they? Why prototyping? What to expect from a prototype? How to offer and receive feedback?
(See slide deck and its presenter notes for more information)
Hnads-On (20 min) Here students create their initial paper prototype. As part of the prep work, it is expected that students chose the ideas they want to prototype. They will create a prototype based upon that idea.
(See slide deck and presenter notes for more information)
Presentation and Initial Testing in Pairs (10 min) In pairs, students present their initial paper prototypes and collect feedback on the concept. Ask them to take notes using a digital device or a physical notebook.
Worked example: Rough Prototype with Google Slides (10 min) Walk students through an example of creating a rough prototype in Google Slides (instructional video coming soon). Use the template provided in the slide deck for this lesson and share the template with your students. If some of your students use only a mobile phone to work, try and demonstrate also using your mobile phone.
Hands-on (30 min) Students work using Google Slides to create their first digital prototypes.
Walk-through and Debate (15 min) Instructor demonstrates a digital development tool that can be used on a mobile phone (example: App Inventor). Check out the slide deck for more information.
Next Steps (5 min) Instructor presents an overview for the next meeting.