This week we playfully explore the last of the four P's of creative learning: Play. We discuss different types of play, provide you opportunities for tinkering, and share strategies to promote a playful approach to learning.

Watch & Read

Playful Learning

In this video, Mitch Resnick discusses different types of play and shares strategies to promote a playful approach to learning.

Subtitles are available in multiple languages.

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Learn more about different types of play, tinkering, and supporting different styles of learning and playing.

Lifelong Kindergarten - Chapter 5 (excerpts)

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

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Make & Share

Take time for Tinkering

This week, we invite you to playfully experiment with any material or technology you want to try.

In this video, Lily and Sean will explain what that means and share some examples.

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In this activity, you will:

  • Choose a material or technology to playfully experiment with
  • Reflect on your tinkering process
  • Describe your process and share what you have made

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Reflect & Discuss

Playful Quotes

Choose a quote from this week’s reading or video that you find especially intriguing

  • What quote did you select?
  • Why did you pick this quote?
  • What actions does it inspire you to do?

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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?

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Conversation with Karen Wilkinson and Mike Petrich

Mitch, Karen, and Mike discuss the tinkering process, how people learn through tinkering, and share strategies for facilitating playful learning experiences.

Subtitles are available in multiple languages.

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The Art of Tinkering (excerpts)

Karen Wilkinson & Mike Petrich (2014)

It Looks Like Fun, But Are They Learning?

Mike Petrich, Karen Wilkinson, & Bronwyn Bevan (2013), in Design, Make, Play

Designing for Tinkerability

Mitchel Resnick & Eric Rosenbaum (2013), in Design, Make, Play

Edith Ackermann’s Pedagogical Perspective on Tinkering & Making

Epistemological Pluralism

Sherry Turkle & Seymour Papert (1990), Signs

Offline Materials

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

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