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ISTE Celebrates the Father of EdTech - Seymour Papert's Legacy and Powerful Ideas

Location: W176bc

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Monday, June 25, 9:00–10:00 am
Location: W176bc

Dr. Gary Stager  
Enjoy 1:1 computing, robotics, coding, maker movement, or Scratch in the classroom? Seymour Papert is the seminal force behind these innovations. Papert’s longtime colleague will celebrate his powerful ideas, contributions to the field and evaluate the state of education in light of Papert’s 50 years of visionary leadership.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Best practices for using the ISTE Standards
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Visionary Leadership
  • Engage in an ongoing process to develop, implement and communicate technology-infused strategic plans aligned with a shared vision.
Digital Age Learning Culture
  • Provide learner-centered environments equipped with technology and learning resources to meet the individual, diverse needs of all learners.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Honor and celebrate the life and work of the father of educational technology
Review or introduce the powerful ideas contained in Papert's writing, speeches, and inventions
Discuss Papert's work as the bridge between Piaget, artificial intelligence, mathematics, and progressive education Introduce a new generation of educators to the powerful ideas of the father of educational technology, Seymour Papert Challenge teachers, policy makers, tech directors, and administrators to do more with computational technology in order to amplify the potential of each learner Take a good hard look at current practice
Explore what Papert had to say about 1:1 computing, the Internet, robotics, engineering, game design, school reform, teaching, and learning over half a century Introduce constructionism to a new generation
Honor an intellectual giant never invited to keynote an ISTE or NECC Conference on the 51st anniversary of Logo, the first computer language for learning, invented by Seymour Papert


Explore the revolutionary ideas, inventions, and interventions made by Seymour Papert over the past fifty years - 20%
Review Papert predictions for what kids might do with computers and how schools would react - 20%
Discover recently unearthed video and texts shining new light on Papert's work - 30%
Discuss the state of educational technology in light of the challenges Papert left for all of us -10%

Supporting research

In addition to countless Ph.D. dissertations written about Papert's work, I would direct you to the following:
Published works by Seymour Papert -
Papert audio & video -
The Daily Papert -
TEDx Talk - Seymour Papert Inventor of Everything -

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Dr. Gary Stager, 31th ISTE/NECC as a Presenter

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