The Science and the Story of the Future of Learning Educators have been trying to harness the “promise” of technology in education for decades, to no avail, but we have learned that child-ren in groups–when given access to the Internet–can learn anything by themselves. In this groundbreaking book, you’ll glimpse the emerging future of learning with technology. It turns out the promise isn’t in the technology itself; it’s in the self-directed learning of the children who use it. In 1999, Sugata Mitra conducted the famous “Hole in the Wall” experiment that inspired three TED Talks and earned him the first million-dollar TED prize for research in 2013. Since then, he has conducted new research around self-organized learning environments (SOLE), building “Schools in the Cloud” all over the world. This new book shares the results of this research and offers • Examples of thriving Schools in the Cloud in unlikely places • Mitra’s predictions on the future of learning • How to design assessments for self-organizing learning • How to build your own School in the Cloud • Clips from the documentary, The School in the Cloud Discover the future of learning by digging deep into Mitra’s thought-provoking experiences, examples, and vision.
Chapter 1: Self-Organizing Systems in Learning
Self-Organizing Systems in Learning
Children, when given access to the internet in groups, can learn anything by themselves. Indeed, traditional “learning” itself may no longer be as important as it used to be. When I was in school, we “learned” how to find out what compounds a powder was made of. This used to be called “salt analysis” in my time. We had examinations during which we had to prove that we knew how to do this. We were given a small amount of a powder and asked to find out what it contained. We would spend hours dissolving bits of the powder in various acids and then adding other liquids, looking for precipitates, changes of color, and so on. Today, ...