Play must infiltrate the learning approaches in our classrooms. Surreptitiously, if need be, it has to once again steal into our classrooms and become embedded in our outlook, our approaches and strategies. Why do we advocate play? Play captures within it the elements required for building the right attitude to learning. Fearlessness, risk taking, taking loss and failure in your stride, working as a team and the joy and humility in success.
LEGO Education have kicked off their 2016 developments by announcing WeDo 2.0, a hands-on Science and Computing solution designed for Primary schools. Combining the classic LEGO brick with classroom-friendly software and engaging projects based on National Curriculum objectives, the resource will teach KS1 and 2 pupils essential practices and skills in these two subjects. The company will be running free, teacher-led workshops from Stand E141 at Bett 2016 (20th - 23rd January, London).
To gauge his opinion on important matters regarding education, we conduct a Twinterview with Mitchel Resnick, a LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and the head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.
[As seen in the October 2014 edition of our magazine]
Mitchel Resnick is a LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and the head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. He led the research group that developed the ‘programmable brick’, and we’re delighted to welcome him to our Twinterview to explore how new technologies can engage people in creative learning experiences.