This title is not currently available for purchase
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player


Tell Them I Built This: Transforming Schools, Communities, and Lives With Design-Based Education (TED Books Book 26) [Kindle Edition]

Emily Pilloton
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Pricing information not available.

Item Under Review

This book is currently unavailable because there is an issue with its description, content, or formatting.

We are working with the publisher to fix the issue. As always, we value customer feedback.

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Kindle Singles
Kindle Singles
Each Kindle Single presents a compelling idea--well researched, well argued, and well illustrated--expressed at its natural length. Visit the Kindle Singles Store or subscribe to Singled Out: The Best of Kindle Singles.

Book Description

'Tell Them I Built This' dramatically shows how creativity, critical thinking, citizenship, and dirt-under-your-fingernails construction can radically transform both high school education and the local community where the students live. This is the story of Studio H, the design/build program that author Emily Pilloton and her partner Matthew Miller launched in rural North Carolina. Through the eyes of her students, Pilloton tells the story of the group’s hopes, failures, triumphs, and the power of design-driven education. According to Pilloton, we can dramatically revamp vocational education and build the change we wish to see in the world. And she should know: ultimately her students were given the key to the city by their mayor for initiating, designing, and building three public chicken coops and a 2000-square-foot public farmer’s market structure. In 'Tell Them I Built This', Pilloton offers tools for building change in communities, tips for turning a vision into meaningful work, and clear and inspiring directions on how to get it done.

Product Details

  • File Size: 23817 KB
  • Print Length: 123 pages
  • Publisher: TED Conferences (December 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AIB2B7G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,751 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
3.9 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read December 19, 2012
Verified Purchase
How does one teach children? How does one get children to think? These questions are being raised on an almost continuously basis. In particular by teachers who get students after high school where students are not so much interested in learning as in fulfilling the formula (hard enough when some of them can't follow directions) and when not everyone really should be in college. Pilloton and her partner were determined to bring hands on learning and design. This brief essays is awe inspiring and includes her experience during a year of teaching students design. The one thing I would change is I would like to see more of the talk about chickens considering that the students' families raised chickens for a chicken company. But there are plenty of photos. The story about the farmer's market was particularly interesting. If you are a parent or teacher, check this out.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Sarah
Verified Purchase
As a teacher I was looking for something that gave teachers practical tips for integrating design education in the classroom. This was the story of designers going into the classroom to supplement classroom teaching. I am sold on the idea that the only students that are learning are those that are creating. I wanted implementation strategies.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Manual February 9, 2013
Verified Purchase
As a "shop" teacher I have to say this is the direction that our entire profession needs to go. The Project H model is the most real world and comprehensive approach to teaching kids how to think, iterate, problem solve and design responsibly and with purpose. There is nothing arbitrary of phony about what this program is doing. This book is a fantastic read. Very short but very impactful. Anyone interested in learning how to model their own program after Project H needs to read this. I loved it. Great work all around.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring September 6, 2013
Verified Purchase
I loved reading this and was quite inspired by the devotion and passion this author exhibits. I wish all educators took the time to become involved as she is.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category