Sugata Mitra Keynote


14:00 - 15:00 on Wednesday, 8 September 2010 in Room MA

Audio recording with PowerPoint of Sugata Mitra's session made using Elluminate.

703 The hole in the wall: self organising systems in education Sugata Mitra
703 The hole in the wall: self organising systems in education Sugata Mitra This presentation introduces Self Organised Learning Environments and Remote Presence technologies, and hints at a future of education that may be very different from what we have today. It is based on the following premises: 1 - The quality of traditional primary education declines with ‘remoteness’. 2 - Groups of children, given the appropriate resources, can a) learn to use computers and the Internet on their own, b) achieve many objectives of schooling on their own and, c) attain levels of achievement close to traditional schooling with the help of a friendly, but not knowledgeable, mediator. 3 - Learning is a self organising system. These premises are proposed based on experimental results, often referred to as ‘the hole in the wall’ experiments, as well as more recent experiments that will be discussed. This presentation then moves on to the design of facilities and technology for areas where good schools cannot exist and good teachers do not want to go.