Taking Play Seriously

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Taking Play Seriously

  1. 1. Taking Play Seriously Andrea Hernandez November 2010
  2. 2. Why? How?What?
  3. 3. What?
  4. 4. Open-ended
  5. 5. “Playing” or “Working?”
  6. 6. Why?
  7. 7. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited~ Imagination encircles the world. -Albert Einstein
  8. 8. How?
  9. 9. Iconic pattern play- Dr. Henry Olds Jr. and Dr. Walter F. Drew “Iconic pattern play appeals to our aesthetic appreciation of beauty but also to our cognitive understanding of structure.” Blooming leaves
  10. 10. “Rarely do children get to work in an environment where there is total abundance available for their play... But technology provides the opportunity for a significant level of abundance.” Pattern block created recycled materials
  11. 11. Scratch- Video: Welcome to Scratch Free download- scratch.mit.edu
  12. 12. We develop new technologies that, in the spirit of the blocks and finger paint of kindergarten, expand the range of what people can design, create, and learn.
  13. 13. Fantastic Contraption
  14. 14. Whizzball
  15. 15. Lego Digital Designer
  16. 16. Our ultimate goal is a world full of playfully creative people who are constantly inventing new opportunities for themselves and their communities. -from the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT
  17. 17. Image Credits Puddle Play http://www.flickr.com/photos/discopalace/525858557/ kid playing in mud http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhaithaca/3728144629/ user: anissat http://www.sxc.hu/photo/602195 "Let's Play Bingo! 1” Building with big blocks http://www.flickr.com/photos/emeryjl/4548149726/in/photostrea m/ end of tunnel, Hilton Lange http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/9g2MZb8-VAvLp18-vBUClg quotes from Strong Museum from the flickr stream of bcsmith http://www.flickr.com/photos/bcsmith/sets/72157622976247811/ Patterns used with permission from Dr. Henry Olds, Jr. http://connect.tech4learning.com/group/pixiepatternplay Blooming Leaves http://patternplayproject.com/page30.html Bottle cap block and pattern: http://www.thecreativeeducator.com/v06/stories/Iconic_Pattern_Pl ay http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/2903981630/sizes/m/in/phot ostream/

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