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Scratch | Home | imagine, program, share

Scratch | Home | imagine, program, share | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.
As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.


... Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Intel Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Google, Iomega and MIT Media Lab research consortia." from source: http://scratch.mit.edu/

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ghbrett's curator insight, March 8, 2013 2:01 PM

MIT has a tradition of developing introductory programming tools for K-12 and older learners. Scratch is the latest one that I just learned about. At first glance it reminds me some what of Yahoo! Pipes. It's a visually oriented, scripted language. I'll need to play/work with it some to make a better assessment of it as a tool. While the site says this is aimed at teaching students about programing and computational science, I'd say it also is a tool for introducing student to digital animation and new media. 

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Minds on Fire: Open Education, the Long Tail, and Learning 2.0 (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE

Minds on Fire: Open Education, the Long Tail, and Learning 2.0 (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

Can teachers use technology to help meet the needs of the following statistics?

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More than one-third of the world’s population is under 20. There are over 30 million people today qualified to enter a university who have no place to go. During the next decade, this 30 million will grow to 100 million. To meet this staggering demand, a major university needs to be created each week.


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Professor Seymour Papert

Professor Seymour Papert | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"Today Papert is considered the world's foremost expert on how technology can provide new ways to learn. He has carried out educational projects on every continent, some of them in remote villages in developing countries. He is a participant in developing the most influential cutting-edge opportunities for children to participate in the digital world. He serves on the advisory boards for MaMaMedia Inc. (whose founder, Idit Harel, was once a doctoral student of his at MIT) and of the LEGO Mindstorms product line (which was named after Papert's seminal book Mindstorms: Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas).

 

Papert lives in Maine, where he has founded a small laboratory called the Learning Barn to develop methods of learning that are too far ahead of the times for large-scale implementation. He has been named distinguished professor by the University of Maine and is credited with inspiring the first initiative aimed at giving a personal computer to every student of a state. He spends a large part of his time working in the Maine Youth Center in Portland, the state's facility for teenagers convicted of serious offenses.

 

Papert's contributions go beyond the field of education. He is a mathematician and is a cofounder with Marvin Minsky of the Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT and a founding faculty member of the MIT Media Lab, where he continues to work. Papert collaborated for many years with Jean Piaget at the University of Geneva in Switzerland." - from source http://www.papert.org/

 

NOTE: Recent article stated that re-reading "Mindstorms" after some two decades in education caused a revelation and a shift in his teaching. Once again, a timeless book of ideas and philosophy that we can still learn from. Worth Reading.

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