ELL Students use Design Thinking to Solve Learning Problems

English language learners in 7th and 8th grade used the design thinking process to create inventions that would solve problems they were having in school.  Some of the problems students identified were tardiness, lack of organization, and poor spelling.  The resulting ideas and prototypes were impressive to the Timberline students an staff who even wanted some of the inventions to become a reality so they could buy them.  Who wouldn't want a customized alarm to wake them up in the morning, a computerized, self-organizing binder, or a pencil that helps you spell all words correctly?