The book celebrates the 50th anniversary of a seminal paper by Cynthia Solomon and Seymour Papert. Published in 1971, Twenty Things to Do with a Computer, set the course of education for the next fifty years and beyond. I created the new book, Twenty Things to Do with a Computer Forward 50, to honor the vision set forth by Papert and Solomon a half-century ago. Four dozen experts from around the world invite us to consider the original provocations, reflect on their implementation, and chart a course for the future through personal recollections, learning stories, and imaginative scenarios.
This document is from the book Papert, S in Taylor, R. (1980). The computer in the school: Tutor, tool, tutee. NY: Teacher’s College Press. The text originally appeared in: Proceedings of the Gerard P. Weeg Memorial Conference, University of Iowa, Iowa City, 1978. Be sure to read other Papert documents and watch videos in the
Personal Computing and Its Impact on Education is the transcription of a 1978 speech given by Seymour Papert. It originally appeared in: Proceedings of the Gerard P. Weeg Memorial Conference, University of Iowa, Iowa City, 1978 and was republished as chapter 15 in Taylor, R. (1980). The computer in the school: Tutor, tool, tutee. NY: Teacher’s College
“On the Cost of Computation in Schools A final word about the cost of doing all this. Turtles. music boxes. computer controlled motors and the like are less expensive than teletypes. Displays are slightly more expensive but becoming rapidly cheaper. So if. computers are being used in a school, there is no good economic argument
“Why then should computers in schools be confined to computing the sum of the squares of the first twenty odd numbers and similar so-called ‘problem-solving’ uses? Why not use them to produce some action? There is no better reason than the intellectual timidity of the computers in education movement, which seems remarkably reluctant to use
“Being a mathematician is no more definable as “knowing” a set of of mathematical facts than being a poet is definable as knowing a set of linguistic facts. Some modern math ed reformers will give this statement a too easy assent with the comment: Yes, they must understand, not merely know. But this misses the
“There has been very litter interaction between the elementary curriculum reform movement and the conceptual, theoretical wings of computer science. We believe that by opening the dialogue we may be unleashing an intellectual force of great power; for education might the area of research and application needed for certain germinating ideas in the theory of
“In 1971 Channel 5, a local Boston TV station, produced a program on children in new learning situations and included a segment on Logo. Here is that segment. My one regret is that Seymour was not talking with a child during the filming. By the way I am indebted to youTube and one of its