A photo of Mitchel ResnickWe are thrilled to announce that Mitchel Resnick, educator, technologist, and developer of Scratch, will deliver a keynote address to Open edX Con 2015 on Monday, October 12th. Mitchel Resnick has been teaching and learning technology with children since the early 1990s. Along the way he has developed innovative tools, philosophies, and approaches to pedagogy. He focuses on the importance of learning over formal education structures, and creative approaches to learning. His complete bio can be found below.

Open edX Con 2015 takes place in at Wellesley College, in Wellesley, MA, October 12-13th. We hope you’ll join us there.

Mitchel Resnick is the LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. He explores how new technologies can engage people in creative learning experiences.

Resnick’s research group developed the “programmable brick” technology that inspired the LEGO Mindstorms robotics kit. He co-founded the Computer Clubhouse project, a worldwide network of after-school centers where youth from low-income communities learn to express themselves creatively with new technologies. Resnick’s group also developed Scratch, an online community where children program and share interactive stories, games, and animations.

He earned a BA in physics at Princeton University (1978), and MS and PhD degrees in computer science at MIT (1988, 1992). He worked as a science-technology journalist from 1978 to 1983, and he has consulted throughout the world on creative uses of computers in education. He is the author of Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams (1994), co-editor of Constructionism in Practice (1996), and co-author of Adventures in Modeling (2001). In 2011, Resnick was awarded the McGraw Prize in Education.

Bio from MIT Media Lab.