Sugata Mitra: Bouw een school 'in the Cloud'


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(Ted) Op het podium op TED2013 doet Sugata Mitra zijn gedurfde TED Prize-wens: help me een School 'in the cloud' ontwerpen, een leerlab in India waar kinderen op verkenning kunnen gaan en van elkaar kunnen leren, met middelen en mentoren 'in the cloud'. Luister naar zijn inspirerende visie over zelf-organiserende leeromgevingen (Self Organized Learning Environments , SOLE) en lees meer op


Educational researcher Dr. Sugata Mitra’s “Hole in the Wall” experiments have shown that, in the absence of supervision or formal teaching, children can teach themselves and each other, if they’re motivated by curiosity and peer interest. In 1999, Mitra and his colleagues dug a hole in a wall bordering an urban slum in New Delhi, installed an Internet-connected PC, and left it there (with a hidden camera filming the area). What they saw was kids from the slum playing around with the computer and in the process learning how to use it and how to go online, and then teaching each other.

The "Hole in the Wall" project demonstrates that, even in the absence of any direct input from a teacher, an environment that stimulates curiosity can cause learning through self-instruction and peer-shared knowledge. Mitra, who's now a professor of educational technology atNewcastle University (UK), calls it "minimally invasive education."

At TED2013, Sugata Mitra made a bold TED Prize wish: Help me build a place where children can explore and learn on their own -- and teach one another -- using resouces from the worldwide cloud.

Download the Self Organized Learning Environment (SOLE) Toolkit >>

"Education-as-usual assumes that kids are empty vessels who need to be sat down in a room and filled with curricular content. Dr. Mitra's experiments prove that wrong."

Linux Journal

(Next World) "Schools as we know them are obsolete" says Sugata Mitra, an educational researcher and the winner of the 2013 TED Prize. 

His wish: Build a School in the Cloud, where children can explore and learn from one another.

He makes the point that our educational system was developed so that empires could assure the smooth running of the whole show. They needed to pump out people that had a certain set of skills, rather identical to each other, in order to function in society...meaning, contribute to the empire. The Victorians needed schooling to make sure that the bureaucratic administrative regime functioned. There were no computers, no phones, and data was handwritten on pieces of paper traveling by ship. People had to all contribute to the system in predictable ways.

"The System is still creating identical people for a machine that no longer exists. The Empire is gone." says Mitra.

He has pioneered an entirely new pedagogical method: Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE) where the students teach each other. 

So much learning can be done from the internet. A school in the Cloud!

This is a very special Ted Talk that really shines a light on the fact that the knowledge of the future, what we want children to learn above all else, is how to teach themselves whatever the job or task or situation calls for.

--Bibi Farber


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