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School in the Cloud and Self-Organized Learning Environment


Onstage at TED2013, Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other — using resources and mentoring from the cloud. Dr. Mitra, an educational researcher and professor of educational technology at Newcastle University (UK) delivered his vision for Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE). The school draws inspiration from Mitra’s “Hole in the Wall” experiments, in which he observed children both learning and teaching on their own and without any guidance or intervention.

“My wish is to help design the future of learning by supporting children all over the world to tap into their innate sense of wonder and work together. Help me build the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can embark on intellectual adventures by engaging and connecting with information and mentoring online. I also invite you, wherever you are, to create your own miniature child-driven learning environments and share your discoveries.”

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THE PLAN

Recruit technology, architecture, creative, and educational partners to help design and build the School in the Cloud, a physical building in India, designed to try out a range of cloud-based, scalable approaches to self-directed learning.

Contribute to the global network of educators and retired teachers who can support and engage the children through the web.

Engage communities, parents, schools and afterschool programs worldwide, to transform the way kids learn, by sharing the Self Organized Learning Environment’s (SOLE) toolkit, how-to videos, and educational resources.

Work with the TED community to implement various controlled experiments in the School in the Cloud laboratory in India.

Gather feedback from the School in the Cloud laboratory and the global community of SOLE educators to help shape the future of learning. The feedback will be used to create a blueprint, free for others to copy and scale, and a web-based public commons of educational resources.

self organized learning environment5 THINGS YOU CAN DO

  1.  Try out a Self-Organized Learning Environment (SOLE) in your home, school or community.
    Download the toolkit & share the results »
  2. Join the School in the Cloud mentor network of educators. Email Sugata to become part of the network »
  3. Make a financial contribution to this TED Prize wish.
    Email sugata@ted.com »
  4. Spread the word. #TEDSOLE
  5. Help build the School in the Cloud. See the list of current needs below (linked to TED page) and email sugata@ted.com to make a commmitment.
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