Saturday, August 19, 2006

The future of a liberal education? And Lifelong kindergarten

Woodie Flowers, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT gives an entertaining presentation entitled "On a liberal education for the 21st century." He draws contrasts between what skill sets and knowledge graduates end up using in the professions and what they are taught at MIT. The talk is available in real video format from MIT World, but note that it is part of a much longer event and doesn't begin until 32minutes and 56 seconds into the recording. So skip ahead when you connect. His presentation style and use of visuals is quite interesting to witness.

Meanwhile Mitchel Resnick, one of the inventors of Lego Mindstorms, speaks about developing a more creative society. It is also interesting to visit his lifelong kindergarten project website to learn more about the fascinating projects his team have been developing to encourage children to be more engaged and creative in their learning and play.

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