The words of Seymour Papert, the father of the maker movement, seemed revolutionary in the 1970s, yet they still endure as a perceptual critique of modern-day schooling. His initiative consisted of evolving to consider the technological needs of children and young people even more, in addition to questioning why its use was being applied in such unimaginative ways. To him, each technological advance corresponded to a new opportunity for transformation, an incorporation seeking to enhance knowledge, as opposed to a use based solely on distraction resulting in the exclusion and abandonment of other personal interests, thus reinforcing that threatening perspective for the integral development of the human being (Mindstorms, The children’s machine, The Connected Family – Papert, 1999a).
Technology and Teaching
Learning is the strongest foundation in a world with such serious problems. The new generation demands another type of education that is more open and dynamic. They themselves have realized that they learn more by doing, when they are recognized as part of the process and especially of the project. In this way they are prepared to be safe, competent and curious, a consequence of the amount of possibilities that are available to them.
About the Author
Fabrizio Amelotti is a Full-Stack Developer with 10 year experience in the IT and software development world. Fabrizio is a technical leader able to move forward a simple idea until the implementation and beyond.