My 2 Cents: A fascinating evolution in schooling (I say evolution because this is clearly standing on the shoulders of some of established movements/theories such as Reggio and constructivist approaches, and open classroom models). The integration of connected technologies is fascinating, but my favorite line is “The Killingworth School in the Cloud is run by a committee of 12-year-old students…”
By Sarah Schoengold
Sugata Mitra has opened the doors of the world’s first School in the Cloud.
Located inside George Stephenson High School in Killingworth, England, this one-room learning lab is a space where students can embark on their own learning adventures, exploring whatever questions most intrigue them. Students even designed the interior of the space — which has colorful beanbags scattered throughout and (very appropriately) fluffy clouds painted on the walls.
[ted_talkteaser id=1678]On the glass doors of the lab is the acronym “SOLE,” which stands for “Self-Organized Learning Environment.” It’s a concept drawn from Mitra’s TED Prize wish, in which he offered up a new vision of education that pairs the vast resources of the Internet with children’s innate sense of curiosity. SOLEs are a minimally invasive education technique that lets kids puzzle through big questions on their own, teaching each other in the process. This method can have…
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