Introduction to System Dynamics
The Creative Learning Exchange has created a packet of six articles that introduces the use of system dynamics in K-12 Education. These articles touch on the important concepts of system dynamics, How to implement SD in K-12 Education, and How to explain systems thinking in 25 words or less.
Road Maps: A self-study guide for learning System Dyamics
Road Maps is organized as a series of chapters, and was developed
by the System Dynamics in Education Project (SDEP) at MIT under the direction of Professor Jay Forrester. Road Maps teaches the reader how to
identify different kinds of systems all around us and how to model
these systems. Road Maps can be a
resource for both beginners and advanced system dynamics modelers, and
requires no previous system dynamics knowledge and only basic math skills.
CLE Resource List
Composite list summarizing the CLE web. This resource list touches as the various aspects of CLE website and how each part could inform educators.
Workshops & Conferences
The Systems Thinking and Dynamic Modeling Biennial Conference
The Creative Learning Exchange hosts a biennial conference that provides resources and an opportunity for educators and interested citizens to explore what is current and possible in K-12 systems education. It is designed to involve experienced individuals as well as novices.
Systems Thinking in Schools: A Waters Foundation Project
The Systems Thinking in Schools Project runs several training opportunities for educators and others who are interested in expanding their experience with systems thinking. They work with any level of educator who is interested in using the power of System Thinking in their classroom.
A variety of simulations allowing students to explore the consequences of actions. Explore how logging and planting rates impacts forests, see what happens to the number of friends based on actions, and many more. Explore these simulations to learn more about Systems Thinking and to use systems to teach fundamental concepts.
The Shape of Change Lessons
Using hands-on activities, new learning tools, teamwork, and dialogue these lesson foster a high level of critical thinking and inquiry.
In these games and activities for the beginning Systems Thinker, students explore behavior-over-time graphs and the causes behind the changes.
Dollars and Sense Lessons
An introductory set of lessons focused on teaching about personal finance. Student explore various facets of finance using models as they expand their understanding of finance and system dynamics.
For System Dynamics Practitioners
A selection of material designed especially for those who are conversant with the field of system dynamics and wish to encourage the teaching the concepts of system dynamics to children, in school and at home.
For CLE Workshop Participants
Materials collated and gathered to help and guide CLE workshop participants. This packet contains material that is useful during and after the workshop.