Sowing the Seeds for a More Creative Society with Professor Mitchel Resnick, Director of the MIT Media Lab
This is the inaugural event in the Richard Noss Lecture series, providing insights on technology and learning, with the UCL Knowledge Lab.
We are delighted that Professor Mitchel Resnick, Director of the MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will launch the series, with:
Sowing the Seeds for a More Creative Society
The world is changing more rapidly than ever before. Today’s children will confront a never-ending stream of unknown, uncertain, and unpredictable situations throughout their lives. Their success and happiness will depend upon their ability to think and act creatively. But there is a problem. Most of today’s educational systems and technologies are not designed to foster creative thinking. This lecture will consider technologies and strategies for engaging all young people, from all backgrounds, in creative learning experiences, by expanding opportunities for them to work on projects, based on their passions, in collaboration with peers, in a playful spirit. It will focus especially on examples from the Scratch programming language and online community, developed by Professor Resnick’s research group at the MIT Media Lab.
Mitchel Resnick, Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab, develops new technologies, activities, and communities to engage young people in creative learning experiences. His Lifelong Kindergarten research group developed the Scratch programming software and online community, used by millions of young people around the world. He also co-founded the Computer Clubhouse project, an international network of 100 after-school learning centres for youth from low-income communities. He is author of Lifelong Kindergarten: Cultivating Creativity through Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play.