"You can't think about thinking without thinking about thinking about something."- Seymour Papert
Thinking about Thinking about Seymour, a day-long symposium at the MIT Media Lab, celebrated the ideas and research of Seymour Papert, pioneer of Constructionist learning, whose thinking and projects profoundly influenced and inspired generations of children, educators, and researchers around the world.
A world-renowned mathematician, learning theorist, and educational-technology visionary, Seymour Papert delighted in his interactions with children of all ages and from all walks of life. He was among the first to understand the revolutionary potential of computers in children’s learning, recognizing that computers could be used not just to deliver information and instruction, but also to empower children to experiment, explore, and express themselves.
Ira Flatow, moderator
Welcome Joi Ito, Artemis Papert
Rethinking Media Nicholas Negroponte
Rethinking Learning Mitch Resnick
Rethinking Making Dale Dougherty, Brian Silverman, Gary Stager, Karen Wilkinson
Rethinking Objects Sherry Turkle
Rethinking Laptops Senator Angus King
Rethinking School Paulo Blikstein, Idit Harel, Tod Machover, Rena Upitis
Rethinking Ideas Alan Kay
Rethinking Math Hal Abelson, Celia Hoyles, Richard Noss, Uri Wilensky
A Conversation with Suzanne Massie Papert
Rethinking Thinking Danny Hillis
Rethinking the World David Cavallo, Clotilde Fonseca, Jacqueline Karaaslanian, Bob Massie, Fatimata Sylla,
Rethinking Play Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen
Edith Ackermann, a former Media Lab faculty member who worked closely with Seymour, was slated to participate in the Rethinking School panel. Sadly, Edith passed away on December 24. She was greatly missed.