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 26, 2017

“Connecting new knowledge to things you know and love, and things you think you can do, makes you feel good about it, makes you take it in in a form that is your own. By taking in knowledge in a form that feels to you as you, you change your feelings about yourself as well. […]

Seymour Papert on Logo

This commercial video, produced around 1986, features Seymour Papert answering questions from teachers. This discussion explores many of Papert’s recurring themes of children, computers, and powerful ideas. Papert also interprets Piagetian theory for the assembled practitioners. Transcript Seymour Papert: Should we sit down?   I think what I learned most from Piaget is that the […]

Papert Excerpt from MIT Media Lab Videodisc

The following excerpt of Seymour Papert speaking comes from a videodisc produced by the MIT Media Lab circa 1986-87. Transcript Seymour Papert: This is an attempt to make a sketch of what a school of the future might be like. Now, nobody really knows what the future will be like, but we know what it […]

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 […]

Seymour Papert Brings Robotics to Children & Classrooms

Here is a promotional video produced by the Father of Educational Computing and the Maker Movement, Dr. Seymour Papert, for the LEGO company circa 1987. It introduces learning through robotics construction and Logo programming in an inner-city Boston public school, The Hennigan School. Seymour Papert Introduces LEGO TC Logo from Gary Stager on Vimeo. Tweet […]

April 8, 2014

“Children get the knowledge they need, when they need it, from networks of friends, hot lines and, when they are old enough, magazines and the Internet. A first step toward building a new relationship with kids is to join them in their exploration of new ways to learn. In addition to giving us their trust, […]

April 3, 2014

“I have had a lot of flack from people who read this column (and other things I have written) as advocating taking the hard work and discipline out of learning. I don’t blame them. I am a critic of the ways in which traditional school forces kids to learn and most attempts to introduce a […]

March 6, 2014

“I noticed that a lot of the discussion of computers was dominated by questions like, just to take one example, when they do Logo kids get confused about whether “turn” in Logo means turning this way or turning that way. Yes, they do – but that’s a consequence of it being an incidental, of spending […]

March 4, 2014 – We’re back!

“Once upon a time information was handled orally, writing extended what could be done orally and printing went further. The computer is another step in the same series. But there is much more. The deep contribution of the computer to education comes from its being a constructional material as well as an informational medium. Children […]