Seymour Papert, 88; pioneered use of computers in education

Comments Print Fred Field for The Boston Globe/File 2008 Dr. Papert constructed a mobile as part of his neurotherapy at his Blue Hill, Maine, home. He had suffered a traumatic brain injury when struck by a motorcycle in Hanoi in 2006. In an age when using a smartphone is as natural as breathing for many children, it can be difficult to imagine the resistance Seymour Papert faced decades ago while advocating vigorously, and often unsuccessfully, that schools should use computers in classrooms to help students learn more effectively. A co-inventor of Logo, a computer language designed to help children become more technologically fluent, he pioneered using computers as a creative teaching tool. In 1970, Dr. Papert worked with a class of Lexington seventh-graders — two to a terminal, four hours…

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