Tuesday, 6 December 2011

"Let Learning Happen"

A colleague passed this video on to me a couple of weeks ago and I was blown away by the contents.

It really speaks to how children are 'wired' today and how they learn. For the first 10 minutes of the video I was feeling a littler nervous in regards to how he was presenting the role of teachers today. However, as the video went on the role of the teacher in the digital and technological age became clearer and clearer.

The educational researcher is Prof. Sugata Mitra and he gave access to high speed Internet to children in various parts of India where there was no computer access. For more on the experiment check out:

Wikipedia - Prof. Sugata Mitra

Here are the Self Organising Systems for Schools he identified:

  1. Groups of 4-6
  2. One computer per group
  3. Unrestricted broadband
  4. Interesting questions
  5. eMediation if required
  6. Discussion allowed
  7. Changing groups allowed
  8. Watching other groups allowed
  9. Leave them alone!

Hope people find this as interesting as I did.

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