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Mitch Resnick On Creating Opportunities For Children To Learn By Designing, Creating, Experimenting & Exploring …*

Mitch Resnick On Creating Opportunities For Children To Learn By Designing, Creating, Experimenting & Exploring ...*  | rethinked.org

Mitch Resnick, Papert Professor of Learning Research and director of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT Media Lab, shares some valuable insights on the importance of developing creative thinkers and the various tools and processes to build creative learning experiences. Enjoy the highlights below and read the full interview here.

| THE IMPACT OF THE KINDERGARTEN APPROACH TO LEARNING |

We call the group Lifelong Kindergarten because we’re inspired by the way children learn in kindergarten. In the classic kindergarten, children are constantly designing and creating things in collaboration with one another. They build towers with wooden blocks and make pictures with finger paints—and we think they learn a lot in the process.

What we want to do with our new technology and activities is extend that kindergarten approach to learning, to learners of all ages. So everybody can continue to learn in a kindergarten style, but to learn more advanced and sophisticated ideas over time.

| THE NEED FOR CREATIVE THINKERS | 

The process of making things in the world—creating things; it provides us with the opportunity to take the ideas that we have in our mind and to represent them out in the world. Once we do that, it sparks new ideas. So there’s this constant back and forth between having new ideas in your mind, creating things in the world, and that process sparking new ideas in the mind which lets you create new things. So it’s this constant spiral of creating and generating new ideas.

We live in a world that is changing more rapidly than ever before. Things that you learn today could be obsolete tomorrow. But one thing is for sure: People will confront unexpected situations and unexpected challenges in the future. So what’s going to be most important is for kids to be able to come up with new and innovative solutions to the new challenges that arise. That’s why it’s so important to develop as a creative thinker. Just knowing a fixed set of facts and skills is not enough. The ability to think and act creatively will be the most important ingredient for success in the future.

| THE POWER OF CODING TO LEARN |

Although coding does provide some economic opportunities for jobs and careers, I think the most important reason for learning to code is it lets you organize your ideas and express your ideas. Coding lets you learn many other things. So that’s why I think what’s most important is not just learning to code, but coding to learn. As you’re learning to code, you’re learning many other things.

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Before you can think about changing living standards, you need to change learning standards. I think computer science provides new opportunities to help people become better learners. I think the thing that’s going to guarantee success in the future is people developing as creative thinkers and creative learners. Doing creative work with technology through learning to code is one pathway to that. It’s not the only pathway. But I think what’s probably the most important thing is having young people grow up with opportunities to think and act creatively. That’s the key.

| RETHINKING …* ALL SCHOOL SUBJECTS TO FACILITATE CREATIVE EXPRESSION |

We should make sure all subjects are taught in a way where kids get a chance to learn through creative expression. And not just computer programming. In a science class or physics class or biology class, teachers should allow students to have creative learning experiences.

We should rethink all school subjects so there are opportunities for children to learn by designing, creating, experimenting and exploring. That’s also true when we use computers. We should use computers to design, create, experiment and explore. But we should apply those ideas to all classes and all media.

Source: Interview: Mitchel Resnick via Maris, West & Baker Advertising, published February 8, 2014.

Friday Link Fest {January 11-18, 2013}

Friday Link Fest {January 11-18, 2013} photograph by Elsa Fridman

 

ARTICLES

The 11 Most Generous Designers ~ This is an innovative group (co-curated by Ric Grefé, the executive director of AIGA) who are using design to make the world a better place. Whether creating a compelling graphic to raise money or developing a cause awareness campaign or producing a never-before-seen-product that improves an infant’s livelihood, these creative thinkers are impacting our society in ways that are hard to forget. via FastCo.Exist, published January 14, 2013.

Must-read report on maker-driven education ~ This report is a synthesis of ongoing research, design, and implementation of an approach to education called “connected learning.” It advocates for broadened access to learning that is socially embedded, interest-driven, and oriented toward educational, economic, or political opportunity. Connected learning is realized when a young person is able to pursue a personal interest or passion with the support of friends and caring adults, and is in turn able to link this learning and interest to academic achievement, career success or civic engagement. This model is based on evidence that the most resilient, adaptive, and effective learning involves individual interest as well as social support to overcome adversity and provide recognition. via Boing Boing, published January 16, 2013.

How Are You Using the Collective Action Toolkit? ~ The toolkit is being deployed far more broadly than expected, such as in our new Chinese language edition. People are finding new uses for it, from local education to entrepreneurship in global organizations. And we’ve embarked on our first educational pilot, working with SCAD’s Design for Sustainability program. How did this happen? And in what ways can you use the CAT that you may not have considered? via Frog Design, published January 14, 2013.

Innovation Pessimism: Has the ideas machine broken down? ~ The idea that innovation and new technology have stopped driving growth is getting increasing attention. But it is not well founded. via The Economist, published January 12, 2013.

Should 3-Year-Olds Learn Computer Programming? ~ Can 3-year-olds learn enough computer programming to be able to build their own games or animate a story? That’s the theory behind Scratch Jr, an MIT project set to launch this summer that wants to teach preschoolers creativity, design thinking, and problem-solving through coding. via GOOD, published February 27, 2012.

Sitting Is the Smoking of Our Generation ~And ‘walking meetings’ are the antidote. via Harvard Business Review, published January 14, 2013.

Ideo’s Albert Lee On Innovating Ideas ~ Creativity is only the beginning. Here are proven ways to find, filter, and shape the best thinking–whether it’s yours, your team’s, or your customers’. via Fast Company, published January 15, 2013.

IMAGES

Allen Ginsberg’s Hand-Annotated Photos of the Beat Generation ~ Beginning January 15, New Yorkers can visit NYU’s Grey Art Gallery‘s Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg to peruse a selection of 110 photos taken (and often captioned by hand) by none other than Allen Ginsberg. From a shot of Jack Kerouac’s muse, Neal Cassady, and “his love of the year” snuggling under a cinema marquee advertising a Brando triple feature to a solemn photo of William S. Burroughs at the Met, the annotated images provide a personal, visual scrapbook of Ginsberg’s life in the 1950s and beyond. via Flavorwire, published January 11, 2013

How To Be A Minimalist, In Design & In Life ~ Comic artist behind Incidental Comics, Grant Snider produces amusing and surprisingly insightful comics on his blog and for many websites across the internet. via Design Taxi, published January 16, 2013.

Complex Natural Spider Webs Preserved on Glass Plates ~ Artist Emil Fiore, also known as Rocky, collects whole spider webs and preserves the natural works of art behind glass. Based in New Jersey, Fiore first learned about catching a web in a children’s craft book and, ever since, the idea has stuck. In his 20’s, he finally started experimenting with web collection. He has used all kinds of sprays and varnishes to master the preservation of each web in its entirety and his hard work has certainly paid off. Spray painted with silver paint and set behind glass, these striking, silky designs are unique and captivating representations of the wonders of nature. via My Modern Met, published January 12, 2013.

Kumbh Mela: The Largest Gathering on Earth ~ Tens of millions of Hindu pilgrims are now descending on Allahabad, India, joining an estimated 8 million already there for the Maha Kumbh Mela. Held every 12 years at one of four places in India, the Kumbh Mela lasts nearly two months and is considered to be an especially auspicious time to bathe in the holy river for purification from sin. via The Atlantic, published January 14, 2013.

World Design Guide ~ World Design Guide is the first ever online guide to the best international architecture and design events. Created and curated by Dezeen, the guide offers a quick way of finding out when and where key fairs, conferences and festivals take place. The first edition of World Design Guide lists events taking place in 2013. In the future we’ll be adding more layers of information and updating our listings.

VIDEOS

Susan Cain’s breakthrough research on introversion has been turned into another live animation video series. via The Lavin Agency.

(dwlFilms on YouTube, published November 27, 2012)

 

‘In the future, design thinking is going to be called emotionalism’ ~ Roger Arquer ~ via Dezeen, published January 14, 2013.

(Roger Arquer at Designed in Hackney Day from Dezeen on Vimeo.)

Concept Turns Video Gaming Into Full-Body Exercise ~ Intellect Motion has introduced the ‘GameCube’, which makes players get physical during video games. via PSFK, published January 15, 2013.

(Alexander Khromenkov on YouTube, published January 1, 2013)

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