Course Syllabus

The Syllabus for Spring 2014 is a work in progress. You can find the 2013 syllabus here.

1 - Creative Learning (18 March 2014)

Storytellers: Mitch Resnick, Natalie Rusk, Philipp Schmidt

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Activity:

Read Seymour Papert’s essay on Gears of My Childhood and write about an object from your childhood that interested and influenced you. For inspiration, you can find more childhood-object stories in Additional Resources (below).

2 - Projects (25 March)

Storytellers: Mitch Resnick, Natalie Rusk, Joren Lauwers

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Activity:

Create a Scratch project about things you like to do. Go to the new Scratch website, and click Create. If you're new to Scratch, watch Mitch's intro video. (You may also want to see the getting started guides on Scratch.)

3 - Passion (1 April)

Storytellers: Mitch Resnick, Natalie Rusk, Jackie Gonzalez, Jaleesa Trapp

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Activity:

Visit a local creative learning space, and discuss how it supports creative learning experiences. By "creative learning space," we're thinking of a place where people are creating projects -- and learning from one another as part of the process. Here are some questions you may want to note when visiting:

  • Projects - What kinds of projects are people working on? How would you describe the range or diversity of projects?
  • Interests - Where do the ideas for the projects come from? Are the projects based on individual, group, or community interests?
  • Learning Community - Do people help each other learn? Are there mentors in the space? Is there a trajectory of participation from newcomer to leadership roles?
  • Values - How do people treat each other in the community? Are there community guidelines or values that are discussed or agreed upon?
  • Space - Which aspects of the physical space support the creative learning process? What materials are available?

4 - Peers (8 April)

Storytellers: Philipp Schmidt, Kristen Swanson, Bekka Kahn, and Delia Browne

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Activity:

Learn something with your peers - All the details can be found on the discussion forum.

5 - Play (15 April)

Storytellers: Erik Hansen, Eric Rosenbaum, Mitchel Resnick, Natalie Rusk, Philipp Schmidt

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Activity:

Tinker (playfully experiment) with something in the physical and/or digital world.

6 - Reimagining Education (22 April)

Storytellers: Mitch Resnick, Natalie Rusk, Philipp Schmidt

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Activity:

Start working on your “final project” for the LCL exhibition in May. Take something you learned in the course and apply it to your own work/context. Here are several types of projects you might work on:

  • Tinker with your own creative project (on your own or in collaboration with others)
  • Create resources to support creative learning, to share with others
  • Organize creative learning activities (in formal or informal settings)
  • Apply the creative learning process in other fields