Projects

This week we focus on learning through making, and reflect on the creative process through the Creative Learning Spiral. We also introduce coding as a new form of fluency and self-expression, and we start making projects.

Watch & Read

Learning through Projects

In this video, Mitch Resnick describes how people learn through making projects, and introduces the Creative Learning Spiral as a framework to reflect about the creative process.

Subtitles are available in multiple languages.

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Readings

Learn more about creativity and the maker movement, and coding as a form of fluency and expression.

Lifelong Kindergarten - Chapter 2 (excerpts)

Also available in these languages: Italiano (Italian) , Português (Portuguese) , 日本語 (Japanese) , Español (Spanish)

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Make & Share

This week we invite you to make a project and share your process with the community!

You can make something:

  • very big, very small, green, sweet, loud, unusual, …
  • in your kitchen, in a makerspace, outside …
  • with paper, with wood, with Scratch, …
  • for yourself, for someone else, for work, for fun, …

It can be something you do only for this week, or a piece of a bigger project you’d like to work on.

When you are ready, share your project (picture, link, and/or description) and reflect on your process. Some questions to possibly consider as you reflect: How did you get the idea? What was a challenge you encountered? What would you do if you had more time?

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Reflect & Discuss

Think about this week’s video, readings, activity or discussions.

What is a [idea, quote, question, word, …]
that you have found [intriguing, provoking, inspiring, …]
and how do you relate to it as a [learner, educator, designer, human being, …] ?

Make your own reflection prompt and share your thoughts with the rest of the community!

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Meet & Chat

Would you like to meet the LCL team and the rest of the community?

Join our video calls, every Monday 9.00-10.00 AM and 4.00-5.00 PM (Boston time)

We’d love to see you there!

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Want More to Explore?

You might enjoy these additional materials

Conversation with Andrew Sliwinski

Mitch and Andrew discuss strategies for engaging children in creative learning through projects — and compare experiences with physical and digital materials

Subtitles are available in multiple languages.

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Mitch Resnick - Let's teach kids to code.

(Video from TEDx talk - subtitles available in multiple languages)

Seymour Papert - Instructionism versus Constructionism

(Chapter 7 from 'The Children's Machine')

Also available in these languages: Português (Portuguese)

Offline Materials

You can get this week’s videos, subtitles, and readings in a single zip file for offline use.

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