If you’re a teacher in Ohio, you don’t want to miss this. Sugata Mitra has become synonymous with the future of education. In 2013 he won the TEDx prize for his ideas. His videos have been watched by over 10 million people, making him one of the most viewed videos on TED.
His story is as simple as it is beautiful. In early 1999, he and some colleagues snuck a computer into the opening of a wall near his office in Kalkaji, New Delhi. It was a slum, with desperately poor people struggling to survive. The computer was available to anyone who passed by. Users had online access, but no instructions were given.
What happened next astonished Sugata and his team. Children came running out of the nearest slum and glued themselves to the computer. They couldn’t get enough. They began to click and explore. They began to learn how to use this strange thing.
When working in groups, children do not need to be “taught” how to use computers. They can teach themselves. Their ability to do so seems to be independent of educational background, literacy level, social or economic status, ethnicity and place of origin, gender, geographic location (i.e., city, town or village, or intelligence).
Sugata Mitra, promoter of the self-organized learning environment (SOLE) concept, challenges teachers to become the ultimate facilitators of learning and to re-imagine our classrooms as spaces for discovery where students are given the tools to take control of the learning environment.
Join us as we welcome Sugata Mitra, Dr. Jeffrey McClellan, and expert practitioners as they share how SOLE and the StartSOLE platform are changing the face of education in Ohio and around the world.