A brief post to say how sad I was to wake up this morning to news of the death of Seymour Papert--the great visionary for the use of computers in education, inventor of the coding language Logo and its associated Turtle (as a route to computational thinking) and instigator of the "constructionism" approach to learning.
I am also sad that I never met Seymour. I even can't say when I consciously became aware of him or different strands of his work either. But his name has seemingly for ever been familiar, cropping up with increasing regularity and force in so many of the interests I've pursued, particularly fundamentally reforming maths education (our computerbasedmath.org or CBM project). So many routes in so many areas lead back to Seymour. I can't help but notice with some wry amusement this morning how constructionist an approach I have taken to learning about Seymour's life and work!Read More