[Watch/Read] Sugata Mitra’s New Experiments In Self-Teaching

The Logical Indian

October 22nd, 2015 / 11:07 AM

Indian education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education — the best teachers and schools don’t exist where they’re needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.

Educational researcher Dr. Sugata Mitra’s “Hole in the Wall” experiments have shown that, in the absence of supervision or formal teaching, children can teach themselves and each other, if they’re motivated by curiosity and peer interest. In 1999, Mitra and his colleagues dug a hole in a wall bordering an urban slum in New Delhi, installed an Internet-connected PC, and left it there (with a hidden camera filming the area). What they saw was kids from the slum playing around with the computer and in the process learning how to use it and how to go online, and then teaching each other.

The “Hole in the Wall” project demonstrates that, even in the absence of any direct input from a teacher, an environment that stimulates curiosity can cause learning through self-instruction and peer-shared knowledge. Mitra, who’s now a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University (UK), calls it “minimally invasive education.”

At TED2013, Sugata Mitra made a bold TED Prize wish: Help me build a place where children can explore and learn on their own — and teach one another — using resources from the worldwide cloud.


Contributors

Edited by :

Share your thoughts..

Sugata Mitra’s New Experiments In Self-Teaching"]

Related Stories

IIM Govt Funding

Govt Says No To Additional Funding To Six New IIMs, Wants Them To Be Self Sufficient

India School Leadership Institute

Read To Know How Data Can Be Used To Enrich The Teaching Environment In Government And Low Income Schools

[Watch/Read] A Village Which Has Successfully Implemented The Idea Of Self-Governance

Ganga Water Is Self-Purifying And Cure Diseases: Study

Ganga Water Is “Self-Purifying” And Has “Ability To Cure Diseases” Reports A New Scientific Study

Mission Limb For Life: A New Hope, A New Vision, A New Chapter!

NDA Government’s Experiments In Uttarakhand & Arunachal Pradesh Is Reminiscent Of Indira Gandhi’s Mistakes

Latest on The Logical Indian

News

Marriage Between Muslim Man & Hindu Woman ‘Irregular’, But Child Born Out Of It Is Legitimate: SC

News

Lucknow-Jaipur IndiGo Flight Returned To Lucknow After “High Vibrations” Mid-Air

Opinion

BJP MLA’s Comment Calling Mayawati “Worse Than A Eunuch” Isn’t New, She Has Faced Worse

My Social Responsibility

To Treat Differently-Abled For Free, This Organisation Set Up A 100-Bed Camp At Kumbh Mela

Awareness

Unpaid Work Done By Women Across The Globe Is 43 Times The Turnover Of Apple: Oxfam Study

News

Delhi: 37-Yr-Old Sanitation Worker Dies While Cleaning Sewer, NHRC Takes Cognisance

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.