Let’sPlay – Lifelong play and the benefits of PBL x 2 (Project and Play-Based Learning)
Meet the Maker
Angie Nastovska, Director of Humanities and Innovation
How do you think people would communicate in a perfect world?
Through play, movement and with compassion!
As we start a new school year, it is extremely important to pause and remind ourselves about the MOST essential elements of child and human development – PLAY! Play-based and project-based learning are a natural way in which we learn, develop, love, explore, investigate and ignite our potential and passions. Aside from thinking about the academic loss and educational gaps that happened (or are still happening) due to the COVID circumstances, let’s make it a goal that we will offer unique, authentic and play/project-based learning experiences for our learners. Here is the “Why” and “How”.
This Week’s Focus
Project and Play-Based Learning
Let’s take a look at a title called Lifelong Kindergarten: Cultivating Creativity through Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play by Mitchel Resnick (the DR. Of Lego Robotics at MIT Media Lab).
How lessons from kindergarten can help everyone develop the creative thinking skills needed to thrive in today’s society.
In kindergartens these days, children spend more time with math worksheets and phonics flashcards than building blocks and finger paint. Kindergarten is becoming more like the rest of school. In Lifelong Kindergarten, learning expert Mitchel Resnick argues for exactly the opposite: the rest of school (even the rest of life) should be more like kindergarten. To thrive in today’s fast-changing world, people of all ages must learn to think and act creatively – and the best way to do that is by focusing more on imagining, creating, playing, sharing, and reflecting – just as children do in traditional kindergartens.
PBL x 2 helps kids/people develop alongside technologies, activities, and communities to actively engage and become content creators, innovators, and open-minded people, rather than consumerist, lethargic, and passive citizens. PBL x 2 is INCLUSIVE. They unite and welcome people and children of all ages, from all backgrounds, in creative learning experiences, so they can develop their thinking, their voices and their identities. Using PBL x 2 as vehicles for structuring and delivering education means we are all committing to bringing about change in the world and improving the lives of young people, especially those from communities that face systemic inequities and injustices.
Play: Learning involves playful experimentation – trying new things, tinkering with materials, testing boundaries, taking risks, as well as iterating again and again.
Mitchel Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, explores how new technologies can engage people in creative learning experiences. Resnick’s research group developed the “programmable brick” technology that inspired the LEGO Mindstorms robotics kit. He co-founded the Computer Clubhouse project, a worldwide network of after-school centers where youth from low-income communities learn to express themselves creatively with new technologies. Resnick’s group also developed Scratch, an online community where children program and share interactive stories, games, and animations. He earned a BA in physics at Princeton University (1978), and MS and PhD degrees in computer science at MIT (1988, 1992). He worked as a science-technology journalist from 1978 to 1983, and he has consulted throughout the world on creative uses of computers in education. He is author of Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams (1994), co-editor of Constructionism in Practice (1996), and co-author of Adventures in Modeling (2001). In 2011, Resnick was awarded the McGraw Prize in Education.
In THIS EDITION of the Harvard EdCast, Resnick talks about the importance of nurturing creativity in learning and explains why kindergarten is the greatest invention of the last millennium.
Check out this series of videos on the “how to get play/based learning” for all ages: the importance, the environment, the rigor and assessment in play based learning education
Part 1 – How to get into Play-Based Learning: Part 1 – What is Play?
Part 2 – How to get into Play-Based Learning: Part 2 – Small Steps to a Playful Classroom
Part 3 – How to get into Play-Based Learning: Part 3 – A Playful Classroom Environment
Part 4 – How to get into Play-Based Learning: Part 4 – Assessment in a Playful Classroom