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SOLE Challenge

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Thank you for your interest in the SOLE Challenge! The contest is now closed, but you can still conduct a SOLE by downloading the toolkit.


This year Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University in the UK, has been awarded $1 million in seed-funding for his wish to design the future of learning by supporting children all over the world to tap into their innate sense of wonder and work together. He hopes to build a 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.

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Sugata is inviting parents and teachers everywhere to set-up a Self-Organized Learning Environment by downloading the SOLE toolkit and creating their own SOLE environments.


Part experiment, part contest — your challenge is to test the SOLE method with students in your school, home or after-school program and to share what you learn with TED in the form of a 500-1000 word blog post. What was your experience like in setting up SOLE? Tell us about your SOLE adventure and the students who participated. What were the challenges, how did you overcome them and what did you learn? How do you believe SOLE can be used at your school in the future?

Up to three winning submissions selected by Sugata and the TED Prize team will win a weekend trip for you and your child to attend TEDYouth 2013.


SOLE Challenge Grand Prize

The winners will receive a pair of tickets (parent/guardian + child) to attend TED Youth '13 on Saturday, November 16th, 2013, including 2 economy class tickets and hotel accommodation.

For more questions or comments, please email SOLEChallenge@TED.com