Wednesday, January 28, 2009

HCI Spotlight: Seymour Papert

Seymour Papert's inspiring mission statement on his site states "Empowering youth worldwide to create and collaborate online because all of us are smarter than one of us." During the 1960's Semour Papert worked under Jean Piaget and is considered his most successful protege. He is one of the most well know education and technology pioneers. Some of his greatest contributions are developing logo programming language and lego mindstorms robotics kits.

I distinctively remember during my elementary school years when Papert's Logo Tuturle art software swept into the schools. Here is some info about the Turtle Logo Language and free opensource software you can download or play in your web browser.

Unfortunately in 2006 Papert was hit by a motorcycle while he was crossing a road in Hanoi, Vietnam resulting in severe brain damage. He is now using some of the same learning tools he invented to rehabilitate his brain. For more info see In search of a beautiful mind

For more resources:
Click here for his Wikipedia entry
Click here for a collection of his writings

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