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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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I would say it is a book which hands out the concept and tells us to try it out in our own way...
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
About ten years ago I enjoyed an account by Wired Magazine editor Kevin Kelly, "Out Of Control," a deep dive look at the emergence of collective decision-making processes that he named "Hive Mind." I'm not smart enough to summarize the book, but generally it is an effort to delve into the power of many minds working in some sort of synchronicity that belies our usual belief that we are totally individualized thinking beings, separate from one another. In many situations, a kind of human consensus emerges almost as though one mind alone had taken charge.
Something somewhat similar is happening here. Ten years ago, a teacher in India and his buddies put a computer connected to the Internet in the opening of an exterior wall of a building in a grim New Delhi ghetto. Then they left it. No instructions, no supervision, no nothing.
What happened next is the story, indeed, the miracle, of this book, and it will blow you away. Suffice it to say that the teacher quickly discovered that kids from desperately poor slums, badly educated, could, WITHOUT INSTRUCTION, figure out a great deal about computers and how to use them on their own. And, more important, that they could learn from the experience and thereby become better able to work within a complex world.
Great book. Very upbeat. Highly recommended.
If you are fed up with the current teacher centered learning technique and believe children should be encouraged to think more and fall in love with learning, the I think you will love this book.
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