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 6: Area 3: Kalkaji, New Delhi, India
Area 3: Kalkaji, New Delhi, India
Kalkaji is in the south of New Delhi. It is here that, in the mid-1990s, NIIT (an Indian multinational company that offers learning management and training delivery solutions to corporations, institutions, and individuals) located its headquarters.
From 1962 to 2006, I lived, studied, and worked in Delhi except for the four years when I went to Calcutta to study. I understand Delhi and its history well. Delhi is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Empire after empire made Delhi its capital, and each new ruler built on top of the deposed empires’ structures. Delhi’s history is steeped in intrigue, politics, transitory power, [Page 82]and lies. It is a city where ...