2014 Sandbox Summit @MIT, Innovation by Design:
Inspirations for Playful Learning

Sandbox Summit is a series of conferences designed to address how technology affects the ways kids play, learn, and connect. The conversation around play and technology strives to ensure that the next generation of players becomes active innovators rather than passive users of technology.

Below are the full video recordings of the conference sessions from the 2014 Sandbox Summit @MIT, Innovation by Design: Inspirations for Playful Learning. These high-energy sessions, innovative demonstrations, original research, and thought-provoking discussions communicate how purposeful designs power playful learning.

Sandbox Summit Sessions

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NOTE: All videos hosted on YouTube

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Scot Osterweil, Creative Director, MIT Education Arcade

Why We’re Here

Alan Hassenfeld, Director, Hassenfeld Family Initiatives

Smart from the Start: What age appropriate really means

Scot Osterweil Creative Director, MIT Education Arcade

Skimming the News: How we learn what’s new

Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg Co-founders, theSkimm

A Conversation with John Hunter

John Hunter Creator of the World Peace Game
Scot Osterweil Creative Director, MIT Education Arcade

Playing on the Internet: Look what I discovered

Jack Andraka FutureMed

Thinking out of the box. Literally.

Steve Castlelotti Founder and CEO, Puzzlebox

DonorsChoose.org: A win-win situation

Katie Bisbee Chief Marketing Officer, DonorsChoose.org

The Art and Algorithms of Buzzfeed: What everyone wants to know

Dao Nguyen Vice President of Growth & Data, Buzzfeed

Making Child-Driven Learning a Global Reality

Tinsley Galyean, Ph.D. and
Stephanie Gottwald, Leaders, Global Literacy Project

Distributed Learning, Brands & Story: A transmedia approach

Jeff Gomez CEO, Starlight Runner Entertainment

The Media Lab Approach to Learning: Projects, Peers, Passion, Play

Mitchel Resnick Professor of Learning Research, MIT Media Lab

A Co-design Journey: Random + Ridiculous = Fun

Katie Bessiere Sr. Director, Digital Consumer Insights & User Experience Research, Nickelodeon
Allison Druin Chief Futurist, University of Maryland Research Division  

So What Do You Think?

Annie Murphy Paul Science Writer, Author, and Blogger

Coming Soon

One-on-one interviews with Sandbox Summit speakers about technology, play, toys, and industry topics, conducted by leading business journalist, former New York Times columnist, and children's educational software developer Bob Tedeschi.

Interviews with Sandbox Summit Speakers
conducted by Bob Tedeschi

NOTE: Initially, access to the full interviews will be TIA Members Only. Public access will become available Summer 2014.

“A Discussion: The Future of Play”
Panelists respond to the question: How to balance both digital and physical play – or at least account for both – when designing the next iteration of children's toys.

Alan Hassenfeld, Director, Hassenfeld Family Initiatives

Apollo Robbins, The Gentleman Thief

Annie Murphy Paul, Science Writer, Author, and Blogger

Mitchel Resnick, Professor of Learning Research, MIT Media Lab

Jeff Gomez, CEO, Starlight Runner Entertainment

Sara DeWitt, Vice President, PBS KIDS Digital