Gary Stager has authored more than 1,000 articles, scholarly papers, and book chapters over four decades. Here is a selection of those publications.
Dr. Stager’s written work is being archived here.
Gary’s four TEDx Talks
The Lost Art of Teaching – Modern Learners podcast with Bruce Dixon and Will Richardson – May 2018
Gary Stager Keynote Address Cairo (November 2017)
Recent Audio Podcasts
The Constructing Modern Knowledge Podcast – Conversations with leading education thinkers.
The Lost Art of Teaching – Modern Learners podcast with Bruce Dixon and Will Richardson – May 2018
TL Talk Radio Season 2: Episode 18 – Interview with Gary Stager [Podcast] (2016)
Three articles by Gary Stager about effective project-based learning from The Creative Educator (PDF)
Stager, G. (2021). Twenty Things to Do with a Computer Forward 50: Future Visions of Education Inspired by Seymour Papert and Cynthia Solomon’s Seminal Work. Torrance, CA: Constructing Modern Knowledge Press.
(chapter contributor) Stager, G. (2020 in press). Constructing Modern Knowledge: Crafting the Next Generation of Constructionists. In N. Holbert, M. Berland, & Y. Kafai (Eds.), Designing Constructionist Futures: The Art, Theory, and Practice of Learning Designs. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
(chapter contributor) Minsky, M. (2019). Inventive Minds: Marvin Minsky on Education: Cambridge,MA: MIT Press.
(co-author) Martinez, S. L., & Stager, G. (2019). Invent to learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, second edition (2 ed.): Torrance, CA: Constructing Modern Knowledge Press.
(contributor) Stager, G. (2018). Transforming Education – Empowering the students of today to create the world of tomorrow. In S. Tierney (Ed.). Redmond, WA: Microsoft.
(chapter contributor) Stager, G., & Martinez, S. (2017). Thirteen Considerations for Teaching Coding to Children. In S. Humble (Ed.), Creating the coding generation in primary schools: A practical guide for cross-curricular teaching. Philadelphia: Routledge.
(foreword) Loader, D. (2016). The Inner Principal: Reflections on Educational Leadership.: Torrance, CA: Constructing Modern Knowledge Press.
(foreword) Schank, R. (2016). Education Outrage. Torrance, CA: Constructing Modern Knowledge Press.
(foreword) Thornburg, D., Thornburg, N., & Armstrong, S. (2014). The invent to learn guide to 3D printing in the classroom: Recipes for success: Torrance, CA: Constructing Modern Knowledge Press.
(coauthor) Martinez, S. L., & Stager, G. (2013). Invent to learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, second edition (2 ed.): Torrance, CA: Constructing Modern Knowledge Press.
(chapter contributor) Kohl, H. R. (2012). The Muses Go to School: Inspiring Stories about the Importance of Arts in Education: The New Press.
(chapter contributor) Stager, G. (2003). The Case for Computing. In S. Armstrong (Ed.), Snapshots!: Educational Insights from the Thornburg Center: Thornburg Center.
(chapter contributor) Computers for Kids, Not Schools from the book, Reflections of a Learning Community – Views on the Introduction of Laptops at MLC. 1993
Articles by Gary in The Huffington Post
Gary Stager’s personal blog
Recent Conference Papers & Salient Articles
Professional Development Gets Personal. Hello World Magazine (2018)
Seymour Papert – Father of the Maker Movement. Hello World Magazine (2017)
Design as an Inadequate Lens for Understanding Seymour Papert. Paper for the 2017 Interaction Design and Children Conference at Stanford University.
Seymour Papert (1928–2016). Gary was asked to write Dr. Papert’s obituary for the science journal of record, Nature (2016)
- Seymour Papert, 88, Dies; Saw Education’s Future in Computers. Gary was interviewed by the New York Times upon the 2016 death of Seymour Papert. (2016)
- Remembering A Thinker Who Thought About Thinking. Gary was interviewed by National Public Radio upon the 2016 death of Seymour Papert. (2016)
Maker movement brings tinkering and technology to everyone (Canadian interview 2016)
The Guide to Creating and Inventing with Tech in the Classroom (for Intel – 2015)
“The Best Makerspace is Between Your Ears” published by the National School Boards Association. (June 2015)
Outside the Skinner Box: Can Educational Technology Make a Course Correction? from the Winter 2015 issue of Independent School Magazine.
Stanford University FabLearn Keynote Address Paper (2014)
Progressive Education and The Maker Movement — Symbiosis or Mutually Assured Destruction
Constructionism 2014 Paper (Vienna, Austria) August 19-23, 2014.
This is Our Moment (with video of plenary presentation)
Popular ‘Maker Movement’ Incompatible With Common Core, Authors Contend – Education Week interview with Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager (2014)
Making vs. Schooling (2014)
Final issue of ISTE’s Learning and Leading with Technology cover story (2014)
The Maker Movement – A Learning Revolution (co-authored with Sylvia Martinez)
Scholastic Administrator magazine (2014)
What’s the Maker Movement and Why Should I Care?
American School and University magazine (2014)
Making Room for Maker’s Space
Wasted Intensity (2014)
And Then? 2014
Technology is not Neutral (2013)
Scholastic Administrator magazine (2013)
For the Love of Laptops
A Constructionism Primer (2011)
Do The Real Thing Less talking “about and more doing! (2013)
What is CMK About? (2013)
Curriculum Not Required Hugo’s learning story (2012)
Breaking Bread (2012)
Dumbing Down (Computer Literacy) (2012)
Mission Accomplished (rethinking Accelerated Reader) (2012)
Choice, Duh! An article detailing the critical elements for successful project-based learning (2011)
Where is the List of Tech Skills? by Gary Stager
My response to the quest for measurement of student “tech skills.”
Curriculum Not Included (how to create problem solving classrooms) (2012)
Cover Story (GOOD Magazine) – Fall 2008
An important monograph written in 1996
Computing and the Internet in Schools: An International Perspective on Developments and Directions
Constructionism 2012 Paper (Athens, Greece)
Friends of Papertian Constructionism
2008 Australian Conference on Educational Computing (Canberra)
- A New Paradigm for Evaluating the Learning Potential of an EdTech Activity
- Learning Adventures: A new approach for transforming real and virtual classroom environments
2007 EuroLogo XI (Bratislava, Slovak Republic)
Towards the Construction of a Language for Describing the Potential of Educational Computing Activities
2006 Australian Conference on Educational Computing (Cairns, Australia)
Has Educational Computing Jumped the Shark?
2005 National Educational Computing Conference (Philadelphia)
Constructiive Technology as the Key to Entering the Community of Learners
2005 World Conference on Computers in Education (Stellenbosch, South Africa)
- Towards a Pedagogy of Online Constructionist Learning
- The High Cost of Incrementalism in Educational Computing Implementation
2005 EuroLogo X (Warsaw, Poland)
Papertian Constructionism & the Design of Productive Contexts for Learning
2004 International Conference on Learning Sciences (Santa Monica, California)
Climbing to Understanding: Lessons from an Experimental Learning Environment for Adjudicated Youth co-authored with Seymour Papert and David Cavallo
2003 Proceedings of the 3.1 and 3.3 working groups conference on International federation for information processing: ICT and the teacher of the future – Volume 23 (Melbourne, Australia)
Online Constructionism and the Future of Teacher Education co-authored with Terrence Cannings
Girls and Technology: Overcoming Myths and Malpractice (2002)
Thoughts presented as a keynote address at a Melbourne, Australia conference on girls and technology.
Computationally-Rich Constructionism and At-risk Learners (2001)
A paper presented at the 2001 World Conference on Computers in Education. Copenhagen, Denmark.
Constructionism as a High-tech Intervention Strategy for At-Risk Learners (2001)
Paper presented at the National Educational Computing Conference. Chicago, Illinois.
1998 NECC ’98: Proceedings of the National Educating Computing Conference (19th, San Diego, CA, June 22-24, 1998)
- Online Communities as a Vehicle for Developing Secondary Mathematics Educators co-authored with Terrence Cannings
- Computationally-Rich Activities for the Construction of Mathematical Knowledge – No Squares Allowed co-authored with Terrence Cannings
Kids with Laptops – The Antidote to Educational Computing (1997)
A Commentary by Gary S. Stager written in 1997 for Computelec Australia.
Laptops, Logo and Learning (1997)
Educational Leadership (October 1995)
Laptop Schools Lead the Way in Professional Development
Articles in District Administration Magazine
|Seeking the Sasquatch of Elementary School Science
Published in the June 2013 issue of District Administration Magazine
|Articles Profiling Gary’s Professional Activities
No Double Half-Caf Venti Low-Fat Mochaccino Left Behind
A challenge for school leaders.
Published in the July 2007 issue of District Administration
Refreshing the ISTE Technology Standards
Senior Editor Gary Stager interviews Don Knezek, CEO of ISTE, on the revised National Educational Technology Standards(NETS). Plus: Stager’s perspective.
Published in the June 2007 issue of District Administration
Education’s Most Dangerous Idea: Curriculum
An unpublished article by Gary Stager (October 2006)
Sounds Great, Less Expensive
Will your school impede the creative development of your students or embrace tools that let you get out of the way? (Related to iLife ’06)
Published in the April 2006 issue of District Administration
Jonathan Kozol Takes on The World – By Gary Stager
This educator’s latest book shines a bright light on what he calls this country’s big shame — not only are cities segregated, but the education we offer those city children is markedly worse.
Published in the January 2006 issue of District Administration
Why Thomas Friedman Does Not Compute (Gary’s critical review of The World is Flat and the education community’s knee-jerk reaction to it.)
Published in the December 2005 issue of District Administration
Dennis Littky drew on his 30 years of education innovation to create a new school model. Now he won’t be satisfied until he replicates it
throughout the country. (An extensive interview with Gary Stager)
Published in the November 2005 issue of District Administration
Gary Stager on How Computers May Save Music Education
Express Yourself Over Summer Vacation
Published in the July 2005 issue of District Administration
Gary Stager on International Educational Comparisons
Put on your dunce caps! It’s international education comparison season again!
Published in the April 2005 issue of District Administration
Gary Stager on Direct Instruction
This column explores the controversial intersection between education ideology and the GW Bush administration.
Published in the October 2004 issue of District Administration
Gary Stager on One-sided Back-to-School Parent Contracts
Here’s a list of promises I Think Schools Should Keep.
Published in the September 2004 issue of District Administration
Gary Stager on Jazz Education
What sort of mature culture relies on Jessica Simpson to “Save the Music?”
Or: Why I love Roy Haynes and why jazz matters.
Published in the July 2004 issue of District Administration
The Lying Curriculum
It is wrong to lie to children. Adults entrusted with educating children must abide by this simple principle. Schools,
however, routinely shade the truth in the name of policy or curriculum.
Published in the February 2004 issue of District Administration
February Issue of District Administration Magazine
Read There’s Something About Gary by Wayne D’Orio, Gary’s controversial article, The ISTE Problem, letters to the editor
about Why Teacher’s Don’t Use Computers and the first installment of the Mac Advocate column. PDF format (approx. 800K)
Published in the February 2003 issue of District Administration
Why teachers don’t use computers
Blocked Web sites, IT staff that exist to hinder staff, and restrictive policies make integrating technology too hard to overcome.
No other column by Gary Stager has generated so many negative responses.
Published in the December 2002 issue of District Administration
The Power of Her Ideas
Education expert Deborah Meier explains why trusting teachers, involving parents and knowing your students are still the
foundation of a great education. Gary Stager interviews this visionary educator.
Published in the November 2002 issue of District Administration
Beat the Band
Lessons learned, and unlearned, while trying to stay in tune. Gary’s monthly column takes on disturbing trends in
instrumental music education.
Published in the September 2002 issue of District Administration
The Best Kept Secret This Side of Italy
Reggio Emilia has been an Italian success story since it was created more than 50 years ago. Learn how it can improve
preschool education in the United States. Gary speaks with leading experts on early childhood education.
Published in the August 2002 issue of District Administration
I’m Outta Here
Want to know why one of the most dynamic school leaders in the last 30 years is walking away from his post? Australia’s
Wesley College principal explains it all to Gary Stager.
Published in the July 2002 issue of District Administration
Critics of computers in education often argue the investment in technology detracts from the arts. This does not need to be
the case. Increasingly powerful and easy-to-use music hardware and software can rejuvenate any school music program
Published in the May 2002 issue of District Administration
Kids are People Too? The New Three-Fifths Compromise
Gary takes issue with the Supreme Court over the issue of peer-grading.
This is an unabridged version of a column published in the February 2002 issue of District Administration
The Digital Video Toolkit
Digital video production, editing and publishing offer genuine opportunities for kids to learn and express that knowledge in
new ways. This feature provides an overview of digital media and a collection of recommended resources. WARNING: The article is a 16 mb PDF file.
Click here for the HTML version of this article.
Published in the December 2001 issue of District Administration
Gary explores the critical distinctions between distance education and distributed learning.
Drop Everything and Read!
Gary’s bizarre recollections of reading in elementary school. There are but a few reading memories I have from my childhood…
Using Computers as Creative Tools
The debate about technology’s place in classrooms might vanish if the machines are used to expand students’ self-expression.
This article was originally entitled, “Steve Job Gets It!”
Published in the March 2001 issue of Curriculum Administrator
Amidst the sadism, angst and mediocrity of middle school, two social studies teachers had an important impact on my development.
Published in the July 2000 issue of Curriculum Administrator
Speaking Out: An Interview with Jonathan Kozol
Kozol speaks with Gary Stager about his new book, Ordinary Ressurections: Children in the Years of Hope
Published in the June 2000 issue of Curriculum Administrator
Everything I Know About Reading Instruction – I Learned from Oprah Winfrey
Published in the May 2000 issue of Curriculum Administrator
Roger Wagner’s Intermission – An interview with Roger Wagner
Published in the April 2000 issue of Curriculum Administrator
Interview with Susan Ohanian
Author, Susan Ohanian talks with Gary Stager about her controversial new book, One Size Fits Few: The Folly of Educational Standards
Published in the April 1999 issue of Curriculum Administrator
Empowering Young Mathematicians and Scientists Through Technology
Published in the October 1998 issue of Curriculum Administrator
Planning for a Web-based Curriculum – The Internet’s Benefits for the Educational Process
Published in the May 1998 issue of Curriculum Administrator
Assorted Old Stuff
New Trends, New Learning Opportunities
As we approach the new millenium, technology – and its use in schools – continues to evolve
Published in Upgrade, The Magazine of the Software Publisher’s Association – December 1998/January 1999
False Profits: Expertise and Educational Computing (2001)
An extremely provocative critique of the state of educational computing by Gary Stager (April 2001)
In Defense of Seventh Grade Laptops (November 2000)
An unpublished letter to the editor of The Portland Press Herald newspaper
Letter to the Editor of eSchool News (1999)
Gary responds to hysteria involving costly panic related to perceived threats of school violence.
Laptop Schools Lead the Way in Professional Development (1995)
Gary’s October 1995 article from the pages of Educational Leadership
Telling the Hyped from the Helpful (1999)
An Interview with Gary Stager for the CUE Newsletter by Stephen Marcus.
Laptops in School – A Wonderfully Cautionary Tale (1997)
This new major reflection on 10 years of work in ‘laptop schools’ will appear as a chapter in a book about laptop learning
published by the Children’s Technology Foundation entitled, Transforming Learning.
Taking Back the Net – Part 1 of 4
Taking Back the Net – Part 2 of 4
Taking Back the Net – Part 3 of 4
Taking Back the Net – Part 4 of 4
A series of articles addressing the educational planning, leadership and common sense required for successful use of the Internet.
A Not-so-funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future
The International Society for Technology in Education invited Gary to write a column for their newspaper, The Daily Leader, distributed at the 2004 National Educational Computing Conference in New Orleans.
Editorials from Logo Exchange
- Never Satisfied, Only Gratified – Perspectives on Papert
- Walking Among Giants – A Tribute to Great Teachers
- Looking for Logo in All the Wrong Places
- Logo and Jazz
Making Aboriginal Dreamtime Designs with MicroWorlds – An interdisciplinary project (2000)
MicroWorlds Claymation – Create your own Wallace and Gromit with one line of code! (2000)
21st Century Logo Quilts – A Twist on a Classic Geometry/Art Activity (1999)
MicroWorlds for Munchkins (1997)