School in the Cloud - Sugata Mitra
School in the Cloud
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.
Recruit partners in the areas of technology, architecture, education and strategy to help design and build Schools in the Cloud of varying bandwidth and resources. Create the Granny Cloud, a global network of educators and retired teachers who can support and engage the children through an online School in the Cloud learning platform. Engage communities, parents, schools and afterschool programs worldwide to transform the way kids learn, by sharing the Self Organized Learning Environment (SOLE) toolkit with them, along with how-to videos and educational resources.
In December, the first School in the Cloud—located inside a high school in Killingworth, England—opened its doors to students. Over the next year, six more Schools in the Cloud are slated to open—five in India, including two flagship facilities, and one more in the UK. At each of these learning labs, students will explore the questions that matter to them, as they receive encouragement from Granny Cloud facilitators. With the help of Microsoft/Skype as core technology partners, Made By Many as product design partners, and IDEO as research design partners, the School in the Cloud web platform helps pair online mediators with classrooms, and provides a place to share resources and best practices. Meanwhile, a documentary film about the School in the Cloud will be released by Jerry Rothwell, the first ever Sundance Institute TED Prize Filmmaker Award winner, in 2015.
- Try out a Self-Organized Learning Environment (SOLE) in your home, school or classroom. See the SOLE Toolkit
- Make a financial contribution to the School in the Cloud. Email email@example.com
- Spread the word with the hashtag #TEDSOLE
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.
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Sugata's Advisory Board
- Alan Ricks, Mass Design Group
- Jackie Bezos, Bezos Family Foundation
- James Tooley, Newcastle University
- Lakshmi Pratury, The INK Conference
- Mark Hofer, Bezos Family Foundation
- Michael Murphy, MASS Design Group
- Patrick Newell, Tokyo International School and 21 Foundation
- R.S. Pawar, National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT)
- Ram Shriram, Sherpalo Ventures
- Ron Gutman, HealthTap
- Sandy Speicher, IDEO
- Sir Ken Robinson, Education and Creativity Expert
- Sue Gardner, Wikimedia Foundation