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Ted Prize 2013 a Wish to Inspire the World

In the Developing World, Books Are Not Dead

John J. Wood | Posted 05.06.2013 | TED Weekends
John J. Wood

2013-02-27-tedprizepullFrom someone who has worked in the developing world for over a decade, it is hard to comprehend a world where traditional classrooms and libraries are no longer necessary. We need more of them, not fewer.

The Future of Learning Is Hard to Predict

Maria Voles Ferguson | Posted 05.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Maria Voles Ferguson

2013-02-27-tedprizepullDr. Mitra talks fondly about the network of British "grannies" he has enlisted to teach children online and offer encouragement, but what about all the other issues that so often compromise a child's ability to learn and grow?

Can Educators Turn Silicon Into Gold?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Robert E. Slavin

2013-02-27-tedprizepullWill access to the Internet be transformative? It will be for some children, of course, but if access alone were transformative, the developed world would be transforming like crazy in terms of learning, and it is not.

TED Prize Winner Offers Audacious Vision for Re-inventing Education

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 05.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Lydia Dobyns

2013-02-27-tedprizepullDo teachers view themselves as learners? Do they experience their school as a vibrant learning organization? Frankly, this is another test many schools and school leaders fail.

Fostering Creativity and Lifelong Learning in Young Minds

Carla Thompson | Posted 03.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Carla Thompson

2013-02-27-tedprizepullMitra's approach to education and his call to toss aside our assumptions about the "natural" teacher-student relationship reminded me of the work of the late Brazilian educator Paulo Freire.

When Will Learning's Tomorrow Come?

James Golsan | Posted 05.04.2013 | TED Weekends
James Golsan

2013-02-27-tedprizepullWhy, when we have such incredible technological resources at our disposal, have we been so slow to implement technology in many of our schools?

Children Naturally Want To Show What They Know

Chris Abraham | Posted 05.04.2013 | TED Weekends
Chris Abraham

2013-02-27-tedprizepullEach and every opportunity we have to collaborate, entice, introduce, facilitate, and amplify the ideas and creations of the other -- to keep curious and engaged -- seems more than worthwhile to me.

Asking Ourselves The Big Questions In Education

Francesca Kaplan Grossman | Posted 05.03.2013 | TED Weekends
Francesca Kaplan Grossman

2013-02-27-tedprizepullWe know that our children are (and that we all are) more than the sum of our circumstantial parts. All have potential, imagination, hopes, beliefs, strengths, and goals -- but, often because of circumstances, not all can actualize and achieve them.

The Power Of Encouragement As A Force For Learning

Lisa Petrides | Posted 05.03.2013 | TED Weekends
Lisa Petrides

2013-02-27-tedprizepullGreat teachers have recognized this truth, and now, by leveraging the connectivity brought about by the Internet, through content that is openly available, and by those willing to help champion the learning efforts of our students, anything is possible.

The Future Of Learning: Lessons From A TED Prize Winner

Evie Hantzopoulos | Posted 05.03.2013 | TED Weekends
Evie Hantzopoulos

2013-02-27-tedprizepullIt's time for our schools to boldly re-imagine their purpose, reconfigure their pedagogy, and allow both students and educators to tap into the innate sense of wonder and intellectual curiosity we possess as human beings, whether we live in India or Indiana.

The Rebirth of Learning Starts With Mindset

Julia Li | Posted 05.01.2013 | TED Weekends
Julia Li

2013-02-27-tedprizepullWho should be responsible for this part of education? Ideally this should be the parent's responsibility. The question is: Who is giving parents that knowledge?

Letting Learning Happen

John M. Eger | Posted 05.01.2013 | TED Weekends
John M. Eger

The challenge today is not acquiring information, or memorizing it. Rather, it is determining which information is relevant. What do our young people need to know and why, in this new, global, technology-driven world?

A Million-dollar Boost To 'Let Learning Happen'

Dr. Idit Harel | Posted 05.01.2013 | TED Weekends
Dr. Idit Harel

2013-02-27-tedprizepullWhat Mitra is planning is both needed in our world and is a departure from anything that has ever been done before in education reform on a large scale. Moreover, if his TED Wish is not anti-establishment, it is certainly outside the typical range of ed-tech innovation.

A Bold Vision Of Online Learning

John Danner | Posted 05.01.2013 | TED Weekends
John Danner

2013-02-27-tedprizepullDeliberate practice of the skill gets you to fluency much faster than learning it in the context of larger problem solving. You need to develop both skill fluency and problem solving ability to have a chance in the 21st century.

Student-Centered, Student-Driven

Jessie Woolley-Wilson | Posted 03.01.2013 | TED Weekends
Jessie Woolley-Wilson

2013-02-27-tedprizepullHow do you measure individual learning progression when students are exclusively engaged in collective learning? If the group solved the problem collectively, how do you know which students could solve the problem on their own?

Disrupting Education With Competent Kids, The Internet, And Experimentation

Jenny Stefanotti | Posted 04.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Jenny Stefanotti

2013-02-27-tedprizepullMotherhood has shown me how tremendously competent children can be. Yet, the vast majority of programs that adults have designed for kids grossly underestimate what they are capable of.

An Education Revolution In The Cloud

Ram Shriram | Posted 04.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Ram Shriram

2013-02-27-tedprizepullSugata's efforts have shown that the traditional model may not be the only road to success. His projects illustrate that kids can learn quickly from each other with minimal adult involvement, motivated solely by curiosity and peer interest.

Opening Windows For Learners And Educators Worldwide

Bob Wise | Posted 04.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Bob Wise

2013-02-27-tedprizepullThe most important conclusion from Mitra's work is not about the technology, but in firmly establishing that poor children can learn and develop deeper learning competencies of creative thinking, problem solving, and self-reflection -- just like their more affluent peers.

Seeing Fire In The Clouds

Tom Healy | Posted 04.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Tom Healy

2013-02-27-tedprizepullTo venture into the impossible. That's what Dr. Mitra's experiments did, and out of the impossible, he came back with the incredible: an approach to education in which children learn to teach themselves, in small groups, everything from English to brain science.

Reimagine the Concept of Education

Rosemary Leith | Posted 04.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Rosemary Leith

2013-02-27-tedprizepullMitra's work shows us that (even in the most unpromising settings and with a shoestring budget) education, like the Web itself, can be "a self-organizing system, where learning is an emergent phenomenon."

Back to the Future

John McWhorter | Posted 02.27.2013 | TED Weekends
John McWhorter

2013-02-27-tedprizepullProbably most children on earth grow up using a dialect or even a language at home different from the one textbooks are written in. In practice, this means that students are expected to learn in a context where they are also taught to avoid using the speech they find most natural.

If We Turn the Internet Into the World's Memory, What Becomes of Our Own?

Vanessa Lafaye | Posted 02.27.2013 | TED Weekends
Vanessa Lafaye

It is interesting to note that Mitra's TEDTalk is titled, "The Future of Learning" rather than "Education." This distinction seems like the heart of the issue, not only for self-organized learning environment, but more widely.

A Cloud of Human Potential

Jackie Bezos | Posted 02.27.2013 | TED Weekends
Jackie Bezos

2013-02-27-tedprizepullIn places where the greatest inequity exists, Dr. Sugata Mitra's "School in the Cloud" holds enormous promise for leveling the playing field. But his methodology, which taps into a child's innate sense of wonder and curiosity through Self-organized Learning Environments, is relevant for communities and classrooms everywhere.

Are You Afraid to Say 'I Don't Know'?

Krisztina 'Z' Holly | Posted 02.27.2013 | TED Weekends
Krisztina 'Z' Holly

2013-02-27-tedprizepullWhy do adults fear those three words so much: "I don't know"? As parents and teachers, we tend to feel we must know everything. But how do we expect our children to learn how to learn, when we aren't willing to be role models for how it happens?

The Most Powerful Technology of All: Questions

Courtney E. Martin | Posted 02.27.2013 | TED Weekends
Courtney E. Martin

2013-02-27-tedprizepullIt's easy to totally lose track of our native wonder, those questions that naturally bubble up from our observations of the world and our curiosity about it. So while Sugata's wish is about children, in some ways, I feel like it's potentially going to change adults' lives even more.