Is the future of learning all about trust and empowerment?

sugata-mitra-c751d90ddc22524d095a1deabbcf3c6aDr Sugata Mitra, educational researcher, gives an inspiring TED talk on the future of education drawn from his “Hole in the Wall” experiments in India

ted-logoIn what soon became an incredible learning journey not only for the young people involved but also for himself, the experiments consisted in placing a computer at the disposal of local communities, embedded in a wall. Without any prior training in computer skills, and betting on a blend of trust, empowerment and encouragement, he observed as curiosity, patience, peer interest, determination and a thirst to learn drove his young guinea-pigs to incredible results over relatively short periods of time.

From the instructor as source of knowledge, the instructor became facilitator and encourager – much in the vein of constructivist learning theory. Leave learners alone, or at least with minimal control, and they will learn – and learn quickly.  Sugata Mitra ties his findings in with technology and proposes a cost-effective, high-impact learning lab for teaching using the Cloud.

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