Diane L. Judd, Ph. D.
Early Childhood & Reading
College of Education
Valdosta State University

Seymour Papert
America's Formost Expert on Children & Computer

Papert (1993) "My goal became to strive to create an environment in which all children could learn in ways more like the informal learning of the unschooled toddler than the educational process followed in schools." 

The Children's Machine (1993) 
By Seymour Papert
A Power Point Presentation

A great site written by Seymour Papert
Every flower petal is a link to Papert's life

 Hear Seymour Papert speak out on the Impact of the Digital Age on the Family 
(30 minute recording)

Quotes from The Children's Machine
selected by Dr. Flake

Papert (1993) "Children seem to be innately gifted learners, acquiring long before they go to school a vast quantity of knowledge by a process I call "Piagetian learning," or "learning without being taught."
Dr. Seymour Papert is a mathemetician and one of the early pioneers of Artificial Intelligence. Additionally, he is internationally recognized as the seminal thinker about ways in which computers can change learning. See this site for more information on Dr. Papert.

Epistemology and Learning

 The Epistemology and Learning Group at the MIT Media Lab explores how new technologies can enable new ways of thinking, learning, and designing. The group creates new "tools to think with" and explores how these tools can help bring about change in real-world settings, such as schools, museums, and under-served communities. Papert (1993) "Computer models seemed able to give concrete form to areas of knowledge that had previously appeared so intangible and abstract."

"Papert Describes His Philosophy of Education" is an article written by Theresa M. Pease, associate director of communications, Resource Development at MIT. The original article appeared in the Summer 1989 issue of Spectrum, published by Resource Development.

The MIT Media Lab is a learning environment for adults, founded on the same learning principles I have advocated throughout my career. It is full of fascinating people and stimulating ideas, and I am honored to have been part of bringing it all together. Nobody comes to the media lab to study, they come to DO. All work is collaborative and project driven; everyone learns from everybody else. Working together in this way, members of the Media Lab form a connected family of their own.  Papert (1993) "When knowledge can be broken up into "mind-size bites," it is more communicable, more assimilable, more simply constructable."

Seymour's latest book is The Connected Family: bridging the digital generation gap (1996). This site provides continuously updated advice, including recommended Web sites.

Learning Stories

Seymour Papert is a good story teller
Read some of his "Learning Stories."

Technology in Schools: Local fix or Global Transformation?
Remarks by Seymour Papert for a House of Representatives Panel on Technology and Education on October 12, 1995

Papert (1993) "It is through the construction of educationally powerful computational environments that will provide alternatives to traditional classrooms and traditional instruction."


Tools for Teachers: Integrating Technology into the Curriculum

Judd's Home Page Additional educational links