Mitchel Resnick

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Mitchel Resnick
Mitchel Resnick.jpg
Mitchel Resnick in 2011
Born 22 June
Residence Cambridge, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Fields Learning sciences,
Constructionist learning
Institutions Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Princeton University
Doctoral advisor Seymour Papert
Hal Abelson
Doctoral students Rick Borovoy
Amy Bruckman
Leo Burd
Robbin Chapman
Vanessa Colella
Randal Pinkett
Elisabeth Sylvan
Oren Zuckerman
Amon Millner
Andres Monroy-Hernandez
Karen Brennan
Known for Scratch

Mitchel Resnick (1956) is LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research, Director of the Okawa Center, and Director of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.[1] Resnick currently serves as the head of the Media Arts and Sciences academic program, the academic program that grants master's degrees and Ph.Ds at the MIT Media Lab. Resnick's research group has developed a variety of educational tools that engage people in new types of design activities and learning experiences, including the "programmable bricks" that were the basis for the award-winning LEGO Mindstorms and StarLogo software. He co-founded the Computer Clubhouse, an award-winning network of learning centers for youth from under-served communities. Resnick is also a co-founder and a co-principal investigator of the Center for Civic Media [2] at MIT.

Resnick's group has developed a new programming language, called Scratch, that makes it easier for kids to create their own animated stories, video games, and interactive art. Resnick is also involved in the next generation of Programmable Bricks and in the $100 laptop project.

Resnick, a graduate of Haverford High School (Pa.), earned a BA in physics at Princeton University (1978), and MS and PhD degrees in computer science at MIT (1988, 1992). He worked for five years as a science/technology journalist for Business Week magazine, and he has consulted widely on the uses of computers in education. Resnick was awarded a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award in 1993. He is author of the book Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams, co-editor of Constructionism in Practice: Designing, Thinking, and Learning in a Digital World (1996), and co-author of Adventures in Modeling: Exploring Complex, Dynamic Systems with StarLogo (2001).

Dr. Resnick is a winner of the 2011 Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education.[3] He has been listed as one of the 100 most creative people in Business 2011 by Fast Company.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mitchel Resnick's Bio http://www.media.mit.edu/people/mres
  2. ^ Center for Civic Media http://civic.mit.edu/
  3. ^ Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, Winners http://www.mcgraw-hill.com/site/about-us/mcgraw-prize/winners
  4. ^ Fast Company : The 100 most creative people in business, 2011 http://www.fastcompany.com/most-creative-people/2011/mitch-resnick-mit-media-lab

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