Mitch Resnick - Sowing the Seeds for a More Creative Society

How can we help young people learn to express themselves with new technologies so they can be active participants in tomorrow’s Creative Society?

About The Speaker(s)

Mitch Resnick directs the Lifelong Kindergarten group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, which specializes in developing new technologies to engage people (particularly children) in creative learning experiences. His research projects include Scratch, Programmable Bricks, and Computer Clubhouse.

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  • (6:50) Your research group at the MIT Media Lab is called Lifelong Kindergarten. Why is that?
  • (16:13) How do we take these great ideas and move them out into the rest of the world?
  • (17:04) I'd be curious to hear how you feel your work intersects with the [Maker] movement?
  • (18:51) Do you find that it's sometimes challenging to maintain that more playful approach or are there particular things that you do that encourage that?
  • (21:10) After you have the one workshop...do you see that [the Maker community will] continue this type of practice after you're gone?
  • (22:48) How have you seen different sorts of kids bringing different sorts of material culture to the table and working with that?
  • (24:13) What, in your opinion, does it mean to be fluent with "digital" technology?
  • (35:15) How can these ideas related to lifelong learning and tinkering apply to High School and College level learning?
  • (37:43)The "kindergarten spirit", is that alive and well? This notion of how kids learn and explore regardless of socioeconomic place?
  • (39:20) The institutional settings actually discourage the "kindergarten spirit"...I wonder if you've thought about how to try to change that more institutional dynamic that can be so hard to move?
  • (41:56)What are some of the assessments you wish people were assessing, and in what ways or how would you do that?
  • (47:05) How can we cultivate and support communities of creative learners the way you have?

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