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The Computer Clubhouse: Preparing for life in a digital world

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2 Author(s)
Resnick, M. ; MIT Media Laboratory, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139-4307, USA ; Rusk, N.

The gap between the technological "haves" and "have-nots" is widening, leading to dangerous economic and cultural rifts in our society. But access to technology alone is not enough to bridge this gap. This paper describes a new model of a learning community, called the computer clubhouse, that breaks away from the traditional computer lab. at the clubhouse, inner-city youth become designers and creators-not just consumers-of computer-based products. the authors explore the four core principles of the clubhouse educational approach, and discuss how the clubhouse helps prepare today's youth for life and work in tomorrow's world.

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IBM Systems Journal  (Volume:35 ,  Issue: 3.4 )