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 14: Projection, Prediction, Prophecy, and Phantasy
Projection, Prediction, Prophecy, and Phantasy
Looking for the Future
The Hole-in-the-Wall experiments, like a weathervane, had pointed at a new future for learning, one that I ignored at the time. It took 20 years for me to figure out that the Hole in the Wall was pointing at the School in the Cloud.
[Page 166]And now, the School in the Cloud is pointing at the future again. This time I am not going to ignore it. What the weathervane is pointing at now is blurred by time, but I am going to peer through the mist, if I can.
Should a book like this look at the future at all? So far, this book has been about experiments with learning, and the outcomes ...