Approach: Learning and teaching is a way of being in this world that is at once reflective and active, present and empathetic. It is a deeply engaging practice that liberates and transforms us.

My approach to teaching and learning comes from my experience as an educator and academic training as a researcher. I work at the intersection of:

Building bridges and collaboration is  the hallmark of my practice. I take an integrated 360 view that begins with identifying the individual’s cognitive, social, emotional and situational location. Recognizing the power of diversity, I foster it by approaching differences with empathy. I support individuals by encouraging them to leverage advantages and work towards overcoming challenges. 

My goal is to include students of all abilities in a positive learning experience.


Teaching: Interdisciplinary,project based work is imperative to prepare engaged citizens who will look for innovative solutions to pressing social challenges

Working directly with students – teaching and learning – remains my first love. I began my career in classrooms working with children facing challenges. My  teaching approach comes from those early experiences.  I teach students to think, learn and make with empathy. This is necessary to prepare them for an inter-related global digital economy where differences have to be approached and understood respectfully.

Build to think and test to learn aptly sums up my way of engaging students. Using tools both traditional and digital we take on challenges that have a positive social impact.

My studio practice is built on a foundation of drawing and writing. I urge students to do the same. We then build on these skills by experimenting with a range of media from print-making to stop motion animation and projects that include designing and prototyping prosthetic hands.

Download a  sample course description. Some of my work can be seen here and here. For an extensive portfolio please contact me.




Krina Patel,Ed.D.

 As an experienced educator with a doctoral degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, I have worked in k – 12 classrooms, higher education and with organizations with global connections.
My recent work has been in the areas of professional development, technology integration/ instructional design and  curriculum development. I also write and report regularly on education, health and technology for various outlets and on social media.
Currently I am working in the Boston Public Schools as a visiting artist.  This enables me to pursue my passion for engaging young people in working with their hands, making and learning. I am  committed to working towards inclusion while addressing issues of socio-economic disparities and inequities.
Over the years I have maintained a studio and design practice. I am certified as an artist by the city of Boston.
For more about my research, writing and professional experience please contact me. You can find me on LinkedIn @ krinapatelpositively and on twitter @positivelylearn 


Technology: Personalization & Inclusion

A key advantage of technology in education is the personalization of learning that is now possible. No longer do we have to teach the same content to all students irrespective of abilities. I engage with educators and administrators to design and  implement innovative inclusive curricula that leverages technology to prepare students for careers in a global, digital economy. Follow @positivelylearn to join the conversation.

Technology in Higher Education
Technology use in higher education exploded with the arrival of MOOCs. Now with the advances in AR & VR a whole new world of teaching and learning virtually opens up. This is an exciting development making it possible for educators to enhance the learning experience.  Designing effective, inclusive learning interventions that are in the student’s best interest remains a challenge. And an exciting one. I work with faculty to plan and create content taking into account the complexity of the subject matter and student needs. Partnering with them, I identify appropriate formats and support them in implementing teaching module/s through one-to-one coaching and on site/in classroom support.

Technology in K – 12 Education
The issues around the use of technology in learning is complicated because its presence is a reality. Up until recently K – 12 schools were still debating if digital technologies should be allowed in schools or simply adding coding courses to the math curriculum. This is changing. We have to go beyond teaching simply coding to exploring new ways to leverage digital technologies.

Adopting a studio model, design thinking and interdisciplinary project based methods, I work with faculty (6 -12 and higher ed.) and students (mostly high school and beyond) on a range of projects that integrate traditional and digital technologies. A clear example is the recent project completed collaboratively with the teacher and high school students about the Bible, letter press printing and digital technologies. Yet another example is a curricular unit where we learn about anatomy, sculptural techniques and 3-D designing and printing to make a prosthetic hand.





Academic Analysis: Thinkers in the Kitchen:     Embodied Thinking and Learning in Practice (Journal of The University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo, Italy)
Writing & Reporting

Opinion pieces: If Obama Had Dinner with Gandhi (The Atlantic Essay)

AI: Healthcare’s New Superpower ((MedTech Boston)
3D Printing in Healthcare: Promises and Challenges (MedTech Boston)

Sample Posts:
Instant Camera Review

Digital Review Criteria

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UX Research & Design Samples




My practice is based on a foundation of visual design and drawing.An extensive portfolio gathered over the course of a regular studio practice in India (Ahmedabad, Calcutta) and the US (New York and Boston)  is available.

Work includes drawings, illustrations, paintings, prints, photos, and interactive community arts projects.