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.

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Tulip and Vase

September 14, 2010

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