More On Learning

September 14, 2010

Just the other day I posted a piece about the trend towards Unschooling, a trend that I am very much in favour of.  It was a pleasant coincidence, therefore, to come across this video from Stanford University about MIT Media Lab’s work on Lifetime Kindergarten.

This is a seminar given by MIT’s Professor Mitch Resnick and discusses their Scratch project.  Being MIT it is heavily technological, which is probably fine for those of us in the heavily-broadbanded West but less directly useful elsewhere.  However, the value to me is in the concept behind the project — “All learning should be like kindergarten. In fact, all life should be like kindergarten.”  At one point in the seminar Resnick even uses what I believe is the mantra of unschooling: “Kids learn best when they are doing something that interests them.”

The video is 75 minutes long, so get a cup of tea and settle in comfortably.  It is worth the time.

Thanks to Boing Boing for the original reference.

Tulip and Vase

September 14, 2010

Tulip and Vase” (2008), TIFF print, 32″ x 40″