You have probably heard of the ‘computer in the wall’ experiments in India. I don’t know if you’ve heard of Sugata Mitra who is the person behind them. I hadn’t until recently when I heard an interview on Radio National.
Sugata just won the TED prize for 2013 for his work in education and the talk is, frankly, one of the most interesting I’ve seen.
This is from Wikipedia.
Sugata Mitra (born 12 February 1952) is Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, England. He is best known for his “Hole in the Wall” experiment, and widely cited in works on literacy and education. He is Chief Scientist, Emeritus, at NIIT. He is also the winner of the TED Prize 2013.
This is from the page on the TED site:
My wish is to help design the future of learning by supporting children all over the world to tap into their innate sense of wonder and work together. Help me build the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can embark on intellectual adventures by engaging and connecting with information and mentoring online. I also invite you, wherever you are, to create your own miniature child-driven learning environments and share your discoveries.
If you haven’t seen the talk, I strongly suggest you take the 20 minutes to do so. Its inspiring.
The video is the first one on the right with My Wish in the background.
And this is the radio show I heard about it on (about an hour)
There are some fascinating insights from various educationalists plus some more back story to Sugatas talk.