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Keynote: A Computer Culture for Children - Cynthia Solomon | Code Mesh V 20This video was recorded at Code Mesh V 2020 - https://codesync.global/conferences/code-mesh-ldn/ More great virtual tech conferences - https://codesync.global --- A Computer Culture for Children. Encouraging children's inventive spirit by Cynthia Solomon ABSTRACT In 1966 a group of us created Logo, a programming language for children and other learners. This language gave rise to a learning environment as well as a computer culture. The design of the language went through many iterations; the learning environment expanded to embrace making and programming a variety of physical and virtual objects; and the culture with its mix of learners, teachers and ideas broadened discussions on thinking about thinking. The enthusiasm of children learning to program computers in school gave way to the realities of the lack of knowledgeable mentors and for a while led to schools embracing the learning of Microsoft Office skills. Today there is a new thrust of activity on making things. It raises questions about building and fostering their environments and cultures. What ideas might be helpful in casting these new spaces to encourage children’s creative spirit is the intention of this talk. --- THE SPEAKER - Cynthia Solomon Cynthia Solomon, MA in Computer Science from Boston University (1976) and an EdD from Harvard University (1985), is a pioneer in computer science and educational computing. In 1966 she collaborated with Seymour Papert, Danny Bobrow and Wally Feurzeig at Bolt, Beranek and Newman to create Logo, the first programming language designed for children. Dr. Solomon currently conducts workshops, speaks at conferences, and serves on the program committee of Constructing Modern Knowledge. In 2016 she was awarded both the National Center for Women & Information Technology Pioneer Award and the Constructionism Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also the recipient of the 2019 FabLearn Lifetime Achievement Award. --- Code Mesh V Website: https://codesync.global/conferences/code-mesh-ldn/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/CodeMeshio
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