Monday, May 13, 2013

For those of you unfamiliar with Sugata Mitra he is the person who in 1999 took 2 computers to the slums of Delhi, cut a hole in a cement wall and inserted the computers. He put a camera on them and walked away. What he discovered astounded him. The students started by teaching each other how to use the computers. They started playing games and then discovered that they could look up things of interest to them. Only one problem. Most of the websites they needed were in English. The were in India speaking the languages native to them. So they taught themselves how to read English. They kept teaching their friends about what they learned.

Dr. Mitra has spent a great deal of time researching this aspect of it and developed his Minimally Invasive Education theory. And from there he developed SOLE, Self Organized Learning Environments. Which is what my students do every day.

Below are some websites where you can find some more information about Sugata Mitra. Happy reading!

http://www.ted.com/speakers/sugata_mitra.html

http://edf.stanford.edu/readings/ted-and-sugata-mitra-%C2%BB-sole-challenge

http://www.hole-in-the-wall.com/