But technology alone is not enough. To achieve the full benefit of Scratch and other new technologies, parents and educators need to think about education and learning in new ways, focusing less on delivering instruction and more on providing children with opportunities to explore, experiment, and express themselves.
tutori…reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for everyone in today’s society. If you look at the Scratch website (scratch.mit.edu), you’ll see an explosion of children’s creativity. Every day, children around the world create and share more than 30,000 projects on the site. What’s most exciting to me is not the number of projects, but the diversity and creativity of the projects: animated stories, video games, virtual tours, guided tutorials, science simulations, comic strips, interactive birthday cards, and many, many more.
The book discusses how new technologies, such as the Scratch programming language and online community, can help children learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for everyone in today’s society. If you look at the Scratch website (scratch.mit.edu), you’ll see an explosion of children’s creativ…
…I will “force” people to focus more on creativity. But I see this as an opportunity, not a problem. Creative activities bring joy, meaning, and purpose to people’s lives. Focusing on creativity is not just an economic imperative, it is also a path towards human fulfillment, an opportunity for humans to be more human.
…cience or electrical engineering curriculum, rather than as another medium to engage in creativity. If we want to engage learners of all backgrounds, we must introduce these tools as another way for students to explore and interact with the world around them.
…ne of our biggest events celebrated 10 years of Scratch, which is among our most enduring projects. Created in the Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten group, Scratch now reaches children in every country in the world, and has been translated into 70 languages. In the words of the group’s head, Mitch Resnick, “As children create and share Scratch projects, they’re learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for everyone in today’s society.”
Different children have different interests, different backgrounds, different learning styles: How can we design technologies that attract and engage them all? By designing wide walls that allow for many different pathways from the low floors to the high ceilings.
Look at lots of Scratch projects to see how they work. Look under the hood at the code. Take the code, and remix the code. Build lots of Lego sets to figure out how Lego works. Take apart the Lego, and rebuild it in a new way. How is your creation new and different from the old one?
…member a conversation I had a few years ago with one young boy, who was probably about 9 years old. After a brief introduction to Scratch and time to explore the program’s capabilities, he looked at me with a sense of wonderment and said, “Wait, are you telling me that I can draw my own picture and program it to do things?” I never tire of that feeling of excitement. It is magical. Creative computing, for me, encompasses all that learning should be: the opportunity to create something you are passionate about, play with an idea using a variety of tools, and share your work with others.