This week we explore motivation in learning, along with strategies to engage people in meaningful experiences. We introduce the ideas of Hard Fun and Wide Walls, and you'll have a chance to continue exploring Scratch by making projects connected to your interests.

Watch & Read

Passion in Learning

In this video, Mitch Resnick describes the value of people following their interests, and suggests strategies to engage people working on things that they really care about.

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Learn more about building on interests, and providing multiple pathways into meaningful learning experiences.

Lifelong Kindergarten - Chapter 3 (excerpts)

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

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Make & Share

Animate Your Interests

This week, we invite you to share one of your interests by creating a Scratch project about it. In this video, Lily and Shruti will show you examples and explain a little bit more.

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With this activity, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Make a new project with Scratch
  • Share your project with the community
  • Reflect on how Scratch supports multiple interests and pathways

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Reflect & Discuss

Pick a Quote

From this week’s readings or videos, choose one quote that you found especially interesting or provocative.

Why did it resonate with you? Did it spark new ways of thinking about Passion? How does it relate to your personal experiences?

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Meet & Chat

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

From February 6 to March 13 we are hosting Unhangout calls every Tuesday at 4pm EST.

We’d love to see you there!

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Want More to Explore?

You might enjoy these additional materials

Conversation with Natalie Rusk

Mitch and Natalie discuss motivation for learning, and share examples and strategies for helping young people build on their interests.

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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Daniel Pink (2010)

Origins and Guiding Principles of the Computer Clubhouse

Natalie Rusk, Mitchel Resnick, & Stina Cooke (2009), in The Computer Clubhouse: Constructionism and Creativity in Youth Communities

Motivation for Making

Natalie Rusk (2017), in Makeology.

Hard Fun

Seymour Papert, 2002, Article for the Bangor Daily News (Bangor, Maine)

Offline Materials

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

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