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.

Area 1: Korakati, the Sundarbans, Bengal, India

Area 1: Korakati, the Sundarbans, Bengal, India

Nitish Mondol teaches Bengali in a government school in Calcutta, and he is featured extensively in the documentary film The School in the Cloud. He is from a village called Korakati, in the Sundarbans. “Sundarban” (in Bengali) translates to “beautiful forest.” The Sundarbans is a vast forest in the coastal region of the Bay of Bengal; considered one of the natural wonders of the world, it was recognized in 1997 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the world’s largest coastal mangrove forest, containing numerous species of animals, birds, and reptiles, including the Bengal tiger, chital deer, crocodiles, and snakes.

Korakati has no electricity, sanitation, sewerage, clean water, health care, ...

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