Mitch Resnick

Introduction

Mitchel Resnick is a Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab and Chair of the Code-to-Learn Foundation (research includes development of Lifelong Kindergarten, Computer Clubhouse, SCRATCH Programming Software, and Lego Mindstorms).

Main Content

As the title of Code-to-Learn suggests, Mitchel Resnick has long advocated for the use of technology in education, where technology is used to aid education, regardless of whether that education is about technology. Kindergarten students exhibit the kind of exploration and self-direction that he feels can be used throughout life, but that is frequently replaced with lectures and structures that are passive rather than active.

Section 1 - Lifelong Kindergarten

"We develop new technologies that, in the spirit of the blocks and fingerpaint of kindergarten, expand the range of what people can design, create, and learn."

Section 2 - Scratch

"We support approaches to coding that engage young people in thinking creatively, reasoning systematically, and working collaboratively -- essential skills for everyone in today's society."
"If Seymour Papert was to redesign LOGO in the 21st Century, what would it look like?"

Section 3 - Programmable Bricks (LEGO Mindstorms)

"LEGO MINDSTORMS is a programmable robotics construction set that gives you the power to build, program and command your own LEGO robots."

Section 4 - Computer Clubhouse

"The Clubhouse Network is an international community of 100 Clubhouses located in 19 countries, providing youth with life-changing opportunities for over 23 years."

"Each Clubhouse provides a creative, safe, and free out-of-school learning environment where young people from underserved communities work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop new skills, and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology."

Miscellaneous


Section 1


Section 2


References


Mitch's Home Page
Life Long Kindergarten
Mitchel Resnick Presentations (various video platforms)
Mitch Resnick: Let's teach kids to code - TED Talk
Honoring the work of Seymour Papert - Mitchel Resnick & Scratch
Mitchel Resnick - MIT Media Lab: Lifelong Kindergarten