8 Design-Thinking Tools for Students


Solving problems creatively and iterating on those solutions is at the core of design thinking. What could be better suited to the 21st-century classroom, right? Check out this collection of great apps, websites, and games for design thinking. We've separated these picks into three categories: ideation and collaboration tools students can use during the design process, creation platforms that will foster design-thinking skills, and web-based resources that students can use to find their next design project.

  Ideation and Collaboration Tools
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Paper by FiftyThree

Beautifully designed digital sketchbook for any age.


Grafio 3 - Diagrams & ideas

Flexible app transforms sketches into pro-level designs and diagrams.


  Creation Tools That Build Design-Thinking Skills


Spiraling sandbox of adventure and creation gets kids to dig deep.

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Gamestar Mechanic

Captivating manga romp teaches kids game design.



Make learning meaningful through 3D design.


  Websites with Design Resources,
Activities, and Inspiration
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Design Squad Nation

Classmates can compete to solve fun engineering problems.

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Projects inspire creativity; a place for kids' sharing would boost fun.

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Common Sense Education helps educators find the best edtech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Go to Common Sense Education for free resources including full reviews of digital tools, ready-made lesson plans, videos, webinars, and more.