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In kindergartens these days, children spend more time with math worksheets and phonics flashcards than building blocks and finger paint. Kindergarten is becoming more like the rest of school. In Lifelong Kindergarten, learning expert Mitchel Resnick argues for exactly the opposite: the rest of school (even the rest of life) should be more like kindergarten. To thrive in today's fast-changing world, people of all ages must learn to think and act creatively - and the best way to do that is by focusing more on imagining, creating, playing, sharing, and reflecting, just as children do in traditional kindergartens.
Drawing on experiences from more than 30 years at MIT's Media Lab, Resnick discusses new technologies and strategies for engaging young people in creative learning experiences. He tells stories of how children are programming their own games, stories, and inventions (for example, a diary security system, created by a 12-year-old girl), and collaborating through remixing, crowdsourcing, and large-scale group projects. By providing young people with opportunities to work on projects, based on their passions, in collaboration with peers, in a playful spirit, we can help them prepare for a world where creative thinking is more important than ever before.
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Great resource for all teachers
This book is very helpful for teachers who would like to step away from the traditional teaching strategy and move on a more flexible, creative and fun way of learning (for both teachers and students). Most specifically, this book talks about the use of the programming language Scratch developed by the MIT Media Lab and how to use it to boost creativity amongst youngsters, and honestly adults as well. We've implemented some of the ideas in our coding lessons with great results. The goal of the author is to make a transition from what he called the industrial society to the creative society following what he calls the four "P's" Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play. Totally recommended.
- Brian Kellner
great insights on creative learning
Filled with real world examples, this book gives a great view into how kids learn to be creative problem solvers