Mitchel Resnick’s overview of the ideas underlying the work in the MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten research group. We want people to learn by work on projects, not just responding and filling out a worksheet, but work on projects where they design something and work on things that are meaningful to them. The should do it with peers — we know that the best learning happens when we learn with and from other people around us, not just staying by ourselves.
Logo was my first exposure to programming back in São Paulo. Goodbye, Seymour — I’ll never forget the turtle cursor! See also: Discussion at Hacker News and Scratch, which appears to be Logo’s spiritual successor.
I’m reading Pragmatic Thinking and Learning for the second time and keeping notes. Here are the digital ones, to be updated regularly. Always consider the context. Use rules for novices, intuition for experts. Know what you don’t know. Learn by watching and imitating. Keep practicing in order to remain expert. Avoid formal methods if you need creativity, intuition, or inventiveness. Learn the skill of learning. Capture all ideas to get more of them.
Anthony Madrid: When teachers wish to nurture expressiveness in young people, they (the teachers) should make a point of sharing with the kiddeos selections from writers’ notebooks. These show the beginner that a master’s seedlings don’t look that different from her own. Then teach the beginner to keep such a notebook! Excellent phrases overheard, witty lists, ideas for stories…. The front side of one sheet of paper might be enough to undo the damage of having heard that you either got it or you don’t.