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School in the Cloud

Are We Building a School in the Cloud? Think Rationally Please

Mark W. Guay | Posted 11.16.2013 | Home
Mark W. Guay

Think Copernicus and the heliocentric theory. Think democracy. And think back to when school was first mandated. The masses all said, "No way. Ain't gonna happen." What do you think? What would a school in the cloud look like?

In the Developing World, Books Are Not Dead

John J. Wood | Posted 05.06.2013 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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.

Reimagine the Concept of Education

Rosemary Leith | Posted 04.30.2013 | Home
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."

A Cloud of Human Potential

Jackie Bezos | Posted 02.27.2013 | Home
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.

The Most Powerful Technology of All: Questions

Courtney E. Martin | Posted 02.27.2013 | Home
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.

We Need Schools.. Not Factories

Sugata Mitra | Posted 04.29.2013 | Home
Sugata Mitra

2013-02-27-sugatamitrapullWe need a curriculum of big questions, examinations where children can talk, share and use the Internet, and new, peer assessment systems. In the networked age, we need schools, not structured like factories, but like clouds. Join us up there.