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- Print Length: 54 pages
- Publisher: TED Books (January 24, 2012)
- Publication Date: January 24, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0070YZSFQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Beyond the Hole in the Wall: Discover the Power of Self-Organized Learning (Kindle Single) (TED Books) Kindle Edition
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Sounds simple, and this essay is an excellent introduction to the basic concepts, with a short section at the end on implementation, what he calls SOLE, or "Self Organised Learning Environments". As well as reading the essay, it is very helpful to find Mitra's lecture on the TED network; the basic concepts are there, as well as dynamic presentation by the man himself.
One approach to implementing SOLE is a work in progress at the link in the first Comment. The working paper starts out:
A teacher encourages their class to work as a community to answer questions using computers with internet access. The class work around a guiding set of rules:
Students need to form groups of about 4
Children choose their own groups
They can change groups at any time
Children can look to see what other groups are doing and take that information back to their own group
They should be ready to present their answers back to the class at the end of the session
Although Mitra's research contains designs for specially designed SOLEs, for most schools a SOLE will constitute a classroom, a set of laptops and a teacher willing to experiment with a different teaching style.
It will be fascinating to follow this research to see how effective it can be in practice. Most of my own teaching was of the more traditional type, but for three years in a one room country school house, fifth, sixth and seventh grades, three of us followed many of these principles with very little supervision from the over-worked teacher (who had 22 younger kids in her charge). The three of us did very well when we went on to a classically structured Junior and Senior High School.
Robert C. Ross
This is the future of education. It is changing before our eyes and it is one of the most exciting times to be alive in the education field.
Watch his TED talk and read his book. The world is about to change, be ahead of it.
Please read this book if you are an educator or a parent. Sugata Mitra's enthusiasm will encourage and enlighten you!
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