Making Learning Visible
In this conversation with Dale Dougherty, Andrew will discuss his current charter – to help LEGO Education transform from a toy company to an organization focused on learning. We’ll discuss how this is an opportunity to understand how play can make learning more visible, more impactful, and more motivating. Andrew is a maker whom Dale first met in Detroit more than ten years ago. He co-founded DIY.org and then went to work as co-director of Scratch at MIT with Mitch Resnick for six years before moving last year to Denmark to join LEGO. We’ll talk about the broad shift from knowledge-based to skills-based approaches in education, which is also a move from teacher as instructor to co-constructor engaging learners.
Andrew Sliwinski is the Head of Product Experience at LEGO Education. His work focuses on the intersection between learning, creativity, and technology. Prior to joining LEGO, Andrew served as the Co-Director of Scratch at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – an online community and tool for kids to explore their creativity through computing which reaches millions of children every year. Andrew also co-founded the learning organization DIY Co. which was acquired by LittleBits in 2018. As a designer, engineer and maker, Andrew has worked with various organizations and partners during his career including Google, Raspberry Pi, Amazon Web Services, Hewlett-Packard, Universal Music Group, and The Aspen Institute. His work as a creative technologist has been displayed at The Museum of Modern Art, The Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall and has been profiled by The New York Times, NPR, Wired, and Fast Company.