The MIT Media Lab


Creating a Learning Revolution

Children are the future. If we hope to solve the world's major problems -- achieving world peace, healthy lives, economic development, and global sustainability -- we must provide richer learning opportunities for the world's children. An educated and creative population is, without a doubt, the best path to global health, wealth, and peace.

But throughout today's world, educational practices are woefully outdated. Even as scientific and technological advances have radically transformed agriculture, medicine, and industry, the way children learn has remained largely unchanged, based on ideas inherited from previous centuries.

New digital technologies are now providing an historic opportunity for fundamental and global-scale changes in children's learning and education. Just as advances in biotechnologies made possible the "green revolution" in agriculture, digital technologies are making possible a "learning revolution" in education. We believe that these new digital technologies can (and should) transform not only how children learn, but also what children learn, and who they learn with.

Guiding Principles

These changes will not happen automatically. Although declining costs will make digital technologies increasingly available to children around the world, access to computers and Internet connections is not enough. Many of the software products that are being developed for children today serve to narrow, rather than broaden, children's intellectual horizons. To create a true learning revolution, we must create technologies that support a new vision of learning and a new vision of children.

In our work towards this goal, we are guided by the following principles:

-Nicholas Negroponte, Mitchel Resnick, Justine Cassell


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