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Videos: John Seely Brown Speaks About Curiosity, Learning & The Power Of Tinkering

John Seely Brown
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John Seely Brown a visiting scholar at USC and the independent co-chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge. Previously he was chief scientist of Xerox Corp. and director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). He’s turned much of his attention to education, writing the book A New Culture of Learning last year with Douglas Thomas. In this video, he speaks with host Steve Hargadon recently about his thoughts on classroom structure, the relationship between curiosity and learning… He also talks about working on motorcycles when he was growing up.


“I am what I create” says John Seely Brown addressing the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching - Stanford, CA, Oct. 23-25, 2008. Here’s the clip:

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Lee Schuette
Jun 8, 2012 7:12

I taught at a private school in Meriden NH for 3 years. The students that stood out as being connected to their physical body, being good problem solvers and whole people were kids that lived on farms. I confirmed this observation with Walker Weed, who started student workshops at Dartmouth College, workshops where students could design and make things.

I asked Walker, if in his 50+ years of teaching at Dartmouth, had he noticed a decline in students ability to work with physical material ?

“Oh, my God, if the decline continues, I see it as a crisis for our culture”.

I agree with Walker Weed.

I support your proposition.

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