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 this book, we argue 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 getting engaged in a Creative Learning Spiral, i.e. focusing more on imagining, creating, playing, sharing, and reflecting, just as children do in traditional kindergartens. The creative spiral is the engine of creative thinking.
“This is the book I have been waiting for. Lifelong Kindergarten is filled with gems—thoughts about what learning in the 21st century needs to be like, brought to life through evocative and nuanced examples that fire up our own imaginations. Many of us have danced around this topic but no one has hit the bull's-eye like Mitch Resnick has done.” – John Seely BrownFormer Chief Scientist of Xerox and Director of Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)
“This is a recipe, not an algorithm, so there are many variations a professional could come up with, adjusting and adapting the mix as experience is built up over time. It’s a creative spiral after all.” – Miranda Net
Certainly, being a young, educated adult is not the same now as it was even just a mere decade ago, with a rapidly changing world. To create innovators, from this Millennial Generation, not only means supplying the potential innovator with the right skills, tools and atmosphere, but also to supply the
Learning is the process of acquiring new knowledge and skills. Education means organized programs of learning. Training is a type of education that’s focused on learning specific skills. By schools, we don’t mean only the conventional facilities that we are used to for children and teenagers. We mean any community of
The first step in teaching students to innovate is making sure that educators have opportunities to be innovators themselves. Although some teachers attempt this hard work alone, the culture of a school or district can set the stage for innovation to flourish or flounder. The right conditions include a shared vision
Kindergarten is becoming more like the rest of school. In this book, we argue for exactly the opposite: the rest of school (even the rest of life) should be more like kindergarten.
We need to develop better technologies and strategies to engage children in creative learning activities.
We need to provide children with more opportunities to tinker, with both physical and digital materials.
Computers cannot assess the creativity of a design, the beauty of a poem, or the ethics of an argument.
If your goal is to train someone to perform a specific task at a specific time, then gamification can be an effective strategy.