Eight Big Ideas Behind the Constructionist Learning Lab

Eight Big Ideas Behind the Constructionist Learning Lab By Dr. Seymour Papert (1999) From the Ph.D. dissertation, “An Investigation of Constructionism in the Maine Youth Center,” by Gary Stager, 2007. The first big idea is learning by doing. We all learn better when learning is part of doing something we find really interesting. We learn […]

January 17, 2017

Seymour Papert makes several profound points in this very short clip from a 1991 conference keynote. The complete video, along with its transcript may be found here. “Another way of describing what school does to children is infantilizing them, treating them like children so to speak. Now, one’s got to be careful playing with that […]

Dr. Papert Goes to Washington

Alan Kay and Seymour Papert testify before a rogue’s gallery of Congressional misfits and a clueless venture capitalist.   In October 1995, the House Committee Economic and Educational Opportunities and House Science Committees held a nearly three-hour hearing to examine “technological advances in education.” The first two hours or so of the hearing are a […]

The Collected Writings of Seymour Papert (thus far)

Will Richardson and Gary Stager, curator of DailyPapert.com, have done a great deal of work updating the collected writings of Seymour Papert. The Papert Archives Project project is an ongoing effort to find, transcribe, preserve, and share audio and video of Dr. Papert. Dr. Cynthia Solomon, Papert’s collaborator on the creation of Logo, shares amazing old […]

It All Starts with Seymour Papert

The MIT Media Lab is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Seymour Papert was one of the founders of the Media Lab and in this video created by LEGO, his influence on learning and technology for children. 30 years of collaboration towards empowering children to be creative thinkers from LEGO Foundation on Vimeo. Tweet This Post

Where’s the Elephant?

Where’s the Elephant? by Seymour Papert Logo Update, Volume 1, Number 1 – Spring 1993 Logo is about 25 years old and was therefore approximately half-way through its lifetime (so far) when it moved out of a sheltered childhood in the laboratory to become an adult actor in the real world of schools. The first […]

May 13, 2014

Question by kid reporters: Some adults are afraid of computers, but kids love them. Why? Answer by Seymour Papert: “I don’t know the answer to that, but I think it is the most important question in the world. Children feel that computers are their thing. As children grow up, they’ll be doing everything in a […]

May 12, 2014

This page from Cyberneticzoo.com tells the history of the mechanical Logo turtle.   Tweet This Post

April 28, 2014

“Approaching Logo as an idea in development rather than a fixed thing to be judged has placed me in a third position in relation to debates between people who think Logo is great and those who think it has “failed.” Just as Logo encourages children to see bugs as positive things to think about, so […]

April 21, 2014

“Children, of course, come into the world as very powerful, highly competent learners, and the learning they do in the first few years of life is actually awesome. A child exploring the immediate world does that pretty thoroughly in an experiential, self-directed way. But when you see something in your immediate world that really represents […]