Ilana Ben-Ari, 21 toys
innovation, etc. hard to teach or assess, but toys are the new textbooks. Creative genius fades in early childhood, but problem solving is most valued by business.
Not just filling a room with iPads.
Erin Mulcahey, littlebits
tech devices 11 hours a day, but most don’t understand.
empower everyone to invent.
like Lego, color coded.
Liza Conrad, Hopscotch
programming for mobile devices. Drag and drop, no typing.
Response to question: engineering is not just infrastructure and tech, but also art and creativity. Separating ego from work. Experimentation, failing and trying again. First question: why? People don’t want toasters, they want toast.
Kids don’t necessarily need to be expert coders, but we need to understand what our tech is doing. Coding is good for jobs, problem solving, even as an expressive medium, a tool for others to create with.
Need to keep talking to customers about their needs.
Word prototyping: tell people about your idea and get reactions.
One teacher objected to kids’ projects on Hopscotch with poop emojis. Decided that was ok.
Why should libraries think like a startup?
Feeling you have agency to be creative and do new things.
Being scrappy, being creative.
Jumping out of a plane and building the plane as you’re falling. Have guts, have chutzpah. Redefining failure as feedback