I've seen a lot of MYP Design teachers stressing out online and wondering how their students will work at home. For our Grade 8s we are postponing our animation unit, and instead doing a unit all about the current Coronavirus. In this unit students have to identify a problem with being locked in - this could be anything from not getting enough exercise, to running out of fresh food. Students will have to use the resources available to them to make their solution.
This is a very real design situation and problem, and I am excited to see what they come up with.
Some additional things: Students will be encouraged to use their family as their target audience, but could also text/email/call of other people locked in (their friends). At the end they will be encouraged to take action by sharing their ideas/plans online.
Some things to note:
How wonderful would it be if our young designers used this global problem to really innovate and come up with solutions? I would love for other schools to also run this project - then we can maybe one place where we can share examples of student ideas? Let me know if this is something you might use!