Seymour Papert Remembered for Efforts to Include Computers in Education

The MIT leader left behind a legacy of international work.

by Staff Report / August 5, 2016 0
Seymour Papert works on the Scratch online community with others. andresmh/Flickr CC 2.0

One of the first people who saw the potential power of computers in education was Seymour Papert, who co-founded the nonprofit group One Laptop Per Child and worked with Maine to put computers in students' hands. 

Eighty-eight-year-old Papert died at home in Maine on July 31, but his peers at MIT reflected on his contribution to education in an MIT Media Lab story. During his time in education, he thought of the concept for a children's programming language called Logo and created the Constructionist theory that people learn best when they're building things. 

He also co-directed the Artifical Intelligence Lab at MIT and became a founding faculty member of the MIT Media Lab.