This week we explore motivation in learning, along with strategies to engage people in meaningful experiences. We introduce the ideas of Hard Fun and Wide Walls, and you'll start exploring Scratch by making projects connected to your interests.

Watch & Read

Passion in Learning

In this video, Mitch Resnick describes the value of people following their interests, and suggests strategies to engage people working on things that they really care about.

Subtitles are available in multiple languages.

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Learn more about building on interests, and providing multiple pathways into meaningful learning experiences.

Lifelong Kindergarten - Chapter 3 (excerpts)

Italiano (Italian) , Português (Portuguese) , 日本語 (Japanese) , Español (Spanish) , Türkçe (Turkish) , العربية (Arabic)

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Make & Share

This week we invite you to explore Scratch by making a project about something or someone you care about. For example, it can be an animation about one of your favorite hobbies, books, or places, a video game featuring your pet, or a greeting card for someone you love!

When you feel ready, share your project and your reflections: What motivated you in creating your project? Can you describe a moment of joy or frustration? What helped you persist in face of challenges?

Start the Activity

Reflect & Discuss

In this week’s video and readings, Mitch introduces the idea of “wide walls”: designing learning experiences where people can create a variety of different projects in a variety of ways, based on their interests and styles.

What do the wide walls look like in your practice? What are some of the design choices or facilitation strategies that you already use, or you plan to use to widen the walls?

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LCL Chat

Video calls with the LCL team and the rest of the community

Session 1 - Friday 10:00-11:00 AM (Boston time)
Session 2 - Friday 04:00-05:00 PM (Boston time)

Discussion topics
When was the last time you’ve been working on something you cared about?
How can you help others work on things that they care / are passionate about?

You will receive the zoom link in the weekly email.


Learn how to create with Scratch in a collaborative and playful environment

Wednesday 1:00-2:30 PM (Boston time)

Activity: Share the Love
Make a project for someone you care about.

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Conversation with Natalie Rusk

Mitch and Natalie discuss motivation for learning, and share examples and strategies for helping young people build on their interests.

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Origins and Guiding Principles of the Computer Clubhouse

Natalie Rusk, Mitchel Resnick, & Stina Cooke (2009), in The Computer Clubhouse: Constructionism and Creativity in Youth Communities

Português (Portuguese) , العربية (Arabic)

Motivation for Making

Natalie Rusk (2017), in Makeology

Português (Portuguese)

Hard Fun

Seymour Papert, 2002, Article for the Bangor Daily News (Bangor, Maine)

العربية (Arabic) , Português (Portuguese)

Offline Materials

You can get this week’s videos, subtitles, and readings in a single zip file for offline use.

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