[ View the story "Redesigning the classroom: Can children teach themselves?" on Storify] Redesigning the classroom: Can children teach themselves? Education pioneer Sugata Mitra joins The Stream to discuss the future of learning.
The Stream· Mon, Apr 20 2015 16:46:58
Education reformer and TED Prize winner,
is calling for a radical new approach to teaching. The TedX speaker believes with the advancement of technology, the future of learning will no longer depend on educators.
Build a School in the CloudSugata Mitra
@raisazaidi We live in a digital era but currently rely on an analog education system that is slow and outdated.Simon Botes
that children can self-teach if given the right tools. Instead of sitting through lessons on algebra for example, Mitra suggests children should be asked 'What is algebra?'.
sessions are broken up into three phases: Asking the big question, the investigation and the review.
Teaching themselves, Mitra says, will have a more
on children than learning from someone else. Mitra's theory was exemplified in his "
Hole in the Wall
" experiment, in which a computer connected to Internet was placed in a wall in the slums of India. Children who could not read and had never used computers before, were able to quickly pick up computer games and navigate the Internet.
Sugata Mitra & The Hole In the Wall - 2013 TED Prize winnernobelityproject
Critics say, however, that Mitra's idea alienates teachers and leaves children without guidance and mentorship. The use of "
", or facilitators, has some
a teacher's role will soon disappear.
@raisazaidi : its fascinating and new methods are always sign of progressive thinking. However Children do need guidance through lifeZoheb Parvez Ali
While many agree technology will play a big role in the future of education, most educators believe teachers are essential to learning. Others worry that Mitra's idea might
from rural schools in the developing world, referring to the method as "educational colonialism".
@AJStream Rural public schools need to be equal to rich suburban schoolsJamesBowen
that schools are not yet ready to implement the "School in the Cloud" idea, but stresses it can be used to compliment traditional methods of education.
@AJStream When the wealth of human knowledge is at your fingertips, knowing how to synthesize and critique information is critical.Michael Oghia
@AJStream @Sugatam Schools built on the traditional format are obsolete. I believe @schoolincloud and SOLE is the future.Susan Sost
The first independent learning lab was
in India this year, after Mitra won the $1 million Ted Prize for his theory. Two labs have already opened in the United Kingdom. A total of seven schools are being planned in both India and the UK.
School in the Cloud - update March 15Docs & Pieces
Many familiar with
praise Mitra's theory as a solution to endless memorisations and severe discipline:
@AJStream @Sugatam absolutely. as an indian, i can vouch for it.. the archaic syllabus and rote memorization techniques- patheticHashBrown
@AJStream @Sugatam Yes absolutely. Most of what's taught in school is never applied in real life. I see no sense in this rote-learningAa'ishah_ Abdul
@raisazaidi @AJStream we should stop the stress conditioning cognitive testing used during examinationsugheoke davidson
@AJStream @Sugatam Schools are supposed to inspire students curiosity but these days they only teach to pass testAbdulkareem Ibrahim