Play=Learning

It’s interesting how we use the phrase “play with it” as a synonym for learning. “I don’t know much about that yet, as I haven’t had a chance to play with it.”

This popped into my head while I was listening to a speaker at the NERCOMP SIG talk about how they were learning a new technology. It got me to thinking that we use the term to denote experiential learning. The ability to experiment, fail, retry and grow as a result of the process is exactly what our children do, and we ought to be doing ourselves, as adults, perhaps even more importantly, as educators.

[tags]play, learning, experiential, education [/tags]

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