TED Talk: Build a School in the Cloud

TED Talk by Sugata Mitra – http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_build_a_school_in_the_cloud

In the TED Talk with Sugata Mitra he presents the idea of building a school in the cloud. He describes his experiments with children teaching themselves using computers. In his presentation he used children in India that had never used computers before. He left them alone with one for months at a time and would follow up on their progress. He was surprised to see they were not only learning how to use them but how they work without any outside assistance. He wanted to see how far he could push this by what he termed the granny approach. Instead of telling them how something was done he prodded them with questions and allowed the children to teach him. He believes that this can be the future for education and that this is what fits our future.

Potential topic areas:

1) Technology as the teacher

2) Using technology to teach across continents

3) Technology levels the playing field between gifted and nongifted

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