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Visiting Seymour Papert

Visiting Seymour Papert | Creativity in Education |

!Seymour asked why I was so critical of ed-tech (a question I get a lot), and I said that because so much of what I see runs counter to what he wrote about in Mindstorms, so much seems to merely digitize (if not automate) old classroom practices rather than facilitate transformative ones.

Via iEARN-USA, Dennis T OConnor
Jane Logan's insight:

Moving forward with technology without considering how it is being used will not give you the outcome you hope for. ICT use needs to be transformative. Consider the SAMR model

iEARN-USA's curator insight, August 11, 2013 1:39 AM

Many in IEARN will remember Seymour Papert's Conferenence Keynote in Chattanooga, July 1998. 

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 11, 2013 3:19 PM

I once ran a summer time Logo computer school at Lake Tahoe.  We had t-shirts with a cartoon computer character that said:"Logo at the Lake with Computer Jake".  

It was fascinating to help kids learn to play with geometry by teaching them to program the onscreen 'turtle'.

Later as a middle school science elective we had kids build sumo robots with Lego/Logo controls for tournament play.  Great times. Thanks Seymour!

Andrew Kedas's curator insight, July 6, 2015 11:30 PM

The more I read about this guy, the more I like him. Seymour for President.

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Sir Ken Robinson On Discovering Your Passions | NPR OnPoint

Sir Ken Robinson On Discovering Your Passions | NPR OnPoint | Creativity in Education |

Interview with Tom Ashbrook


How education is jeopardizing creativity:


"I’m not blaming teachers for it. I’m not blaming school principals for it. I’ve worked in education my whole life and I work a lot with teachers in schools and I know they’re as concerned about this as I am and everbody else is. I think it’s to do with this culture of standardization. There is a view that the way we improve education is to make it more and more standardized. Many people in schools — particularly in this country, I’d say — are laboring under this sort of dead culture of continuous testing. And one of the results of it has been to reduce the curriculum, to narrow it. So a lot of the things that people, who may be be in their 40s or 50s, will remember from school — things like band and orchestra, putting on plays, lots of interesting after school activities — a lot of those things are being pushed out by this culture of standardized testing. It’s all done with an honorable purpose, I think — the intention is to raise standards, but the irony is it’s really not doing it. And more and more kids are pulling out of school. There’s more and more teachers, I feel, demoralized by it. And I know parents are very concerned about it too."


“While Shanghai is trying to be like America, America is trying to be more like China.” 

Via Jim Lerman
Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, June 25, 2013 3:21 PM

The primary focus of education should be helping children to reach their full potential. That can't be done through standardization, because kids don't come in standard packages; it can only happen when we recognize that we need to meet each child's needs.


Standards have their place, but only with respect to the quality of what we offer to children and in ensuring that every child is offered the best possible education. Standards that restrict children's opportunities and growth need to be eliminated and replaced with an approach that enriches the educational environment for everyone.

Sally McKittrick's curator insight, June 27, 2013 8:01 AM

Ken has helped me find my element, I only hope my children will benefit from his education revoulution 

Ken Morrison's curator insight, June 27, 2013 7:52 PM

"If we design a life, you can redesign it"  Here is another inspiring conversation with Sir Ken Robinson