The Educator's PLN

The personal learning network for educators

Picocricket.comI've begun more and more exploration of Seymour Papert's work and the ideas spilling out of the MIT Media Lab, specifically work from Mitch Resnick. I'm currently working on the implementation of an after school program where students children and a few teachers can explore, create and express themselves through the use of Picocrickets.

Students Children, teachers, administrators are bombarded by standards and standardized testing where each student child is expected to learn at the same pace and the same amount of content. As you can research, this model does not fit how learning transpires.

That said, I'm interested in other peoples work with trying to take back education through playful learning. I'm not looking at finger paints and blocks here, I'm talking designing learning experiences that genuinely engage students in learning that is, as Papert refers to as "hard fun"

If you haven't read anything by Dr. Papert. Drop what you are doing and go read some of his work. While it has touches of technology, it is really about the "art of learning".

Views: 59

Replies to This Discussion

Brian - I've worked with kids on robotics competitions for several years and they always use this experience as good essay material in their college essays. What they learn through the experience can vary from cooperative techniques to programming to mechanics to CAD drawing/documentation. It's a great experience but is difficult to manage. It's much easier to have all the students sitting in neat rows working on worksheets or listening to a lecture. Real learning is messy and hard and frustrating. I'm very interested in you after-school program as I've been wanting to do this myself. Did you purchase one kit of the picocrickets? What age level are you working with. I'd love to hear more.
Colleen,
The afterschool is a multi-age group (24 children) from a K-5 school. We have two (2) workshop kits that we are using to implement this program. Week one will consist of an introduction and some exploration through basic construction of projects and programming. Picocricket kits come with some suggested explorations on placemats for students to work from. I'm really excited about the experience and look forward to the open-ended format, however, it might be tough to manage given that we have only an hour per week! I'll know it's a success if the children do not want to leave. :)

I plan on documenting as much as I can on my blog (http://briancsmith.org) and through video descriptions of their creations. Stay tuned...

RSS

About

Thomas Whitby created this Ning Network.

Latest Activity

Shawn Mitchell replied to Tata Nech's discussion Hey People
"i hope you are good in this time. and you can learn new things about tech & e-learning and too many things. And i want to read more blogs about it."
17 hours ago
Shawn Mitchell replied to George Danke's discussion Integration with The Latest Technology in Education Field
"Condition is worse due to Covid we cannot go anywhere and even universities and research labs are closed. Hope the situation will be normal soon. Then we can think about something else"
Apr 29
Tata Nech posted a blog post

More Than a Sport: A Look at Scootering’s Evolution

Too many people do not have a clear idea about what is a Scooter; and much less than there is a sport based on it. Besides, it is a sport that has evolved a lot from its beginning, but if you do not know too much about the sport is hard to see it as more than a kid game.However, this sport is more than just kids and young people making scooter tricks in a square; scootering is a kind of culture and a lifestyle that has more than 20 years growing to become what it is today.For this reason, we…See More
Apr 24
Shawn Mitchell replied to Rob Schoonveld's discussion Twitter vs Edupln
"My preference is this website is best. Twitter is used for social purpose and EDUPLN is used for professional discussion which you cannot discuss on social platforms."
Apr 14
Shawn Mitchell replied to Shanshan Ma's discussion Personalized learning network and social media
"Hi, There are too many platforms of social media and the member of those platform discuss so many things and participate. So it depends only on you where do you want to discuss."
Apr 14
Shawn Mitchell replied to Nanacy Lin's discussion Future Of Education
"Now a days AI is best technology to learn because it is the future."
Apr 12
Joe Silva updated their profile
Apr 11
Profile IconStuart Jones, Sarah Kiefer, Corina Gamez and 5 more joined The Educator's PLN
Apr 11

Events

© 2021   Created by Thomas Whitby.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service