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Overview

In this stage, students will explore needfinding techniques that orient the development of digital products and services and also understand that they too can play an active role in the creation of technology.

They will also form pairs to work together throughout this workshop.

Learning Goals

It is expected that, by the end of this meeting, students:
- Understand some of the needfinding techniques that orient the development of digital products and services
- Understand some of the needfinding techniques that orient the development of digital products and services
- Understand that they too can play an active role in the creation of technology.

Estimated Time: 1 hr

Prep Work for Students

1 - Think about some of the challenges that you see in your home or community and could potentially be solved using technology. For now, stick to the problem, not the solution.

2 - Watch the video on how to conduct needfinding interviews.

Start a journal. Write down the challenge and take notes on the video. You can either use a physical notebook or a Google document.

Suggested Time: 2 hrs

Class Meeting

Part (est. time) Content
Intro (10 min) Welcome video from past cohorts
Introduction on the workshop
students' roles
How the structure of a project is reflected in the workshop's structure.
Empathy in Design and Technology Projects (15 min) Debate: students share what they learned from the prep work.
Pairing (5 min) Throughout the workshop, students will work in pairs of "users" and "developers". This is where they will be paired up.
Hands-on: Interview Protocol
(10 min)
Students elaborate their interview protocols.
Interview in pairs (40 min) In pairs, students interview one another to explore aspects of themes chosen by "users". Students switch roles.
Reflection (10 min) Instructor presents an overview for the next meeting.
Next Steps (5 min) What was the interview like? Students share their experiences.