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Young programmers -- think playgrounds, not playpens | Marina Bers | TEDxJackson

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Published on Jan 20, 2015

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Dr. Marina Bers, a Tufts University professor and co-founder of KinderLab Robotics, compares "playground" versus "playpen" models of learning and demonstrates how creative expression can help very young learners become creators, not just consumers, of technology.




Marina Bers, PhD is a professor at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development and an adjunct professor in the Computer Science Department at Tufts University. Her research involves the design and study of innovative learning technologies to promote children’s positive development. Dr. Bers led efforts to research and develop two products for PreK-2 students: the KIBO robotics system and ScratchJr, an application created in partnership with the MIT Media Lab to teach coding concepts to young learners.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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