Education: Sugata Mitra accepts the TED Prize at TED2013

Sugata Mitra and Ken Robinson

Sugata Mitra and Ken Robinson

A school in the cloud: Sugata Mitra accepts the TED Prize at TED2013

 It’s a question on so many minds: what will the future of education look like?

Video: Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity  It’s something Sir Ken Robinson has asked for decades. And tonight in Session 3 of TED2013, Robinson got the opportunity to announce the winner of the 2013 TED Prize, someone who has a bold answer.

“So many kids are disengaged from education and there’s a tendency to confuse testing with learning,” says Robinson in his introduction. “What drives learning is curiosity, questioning … What fires people up to learn is having their mind opened up by possibilities.”              

And with that, he revealed the winner of the $1 million TED Prize: education innovator Sugata Mitra, who has given two TED Talks over the years and released a TED ebook called Beyond The Hole in The Wall.    [Read more]

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On January 1, 2014 at 12:52 am

    “We can’t imagine the technology of the future, and thus we can’t know what jobs we’ll need the skills for. So Mitra suggests that education should be about developing the ability to learn anything on one’s own.”

    This makes complete sense. In my professional life, I had to continually teach myself new skills to remain employable and move upwards. Today, with the vast amount of information available online, this becomes so much easier.

  • Bill Ferguson  On January 1, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I have used SOLE in my classroom this year. As of today all my Grade 5 students are reading at Grade level and it is only half way through the year! The kids are excited about learning. They go home everyday and share what they learned at school. Behaviour issues have dropped also as they are very much into their learning.

  • de castro  On January 2, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Nice to read good news on education and learning.
    That is exactly why I am forever the optimist….
    Methodology in teaching must change to accommodate
    our future generations…..
    In German schools the teachers are part and parcel of the
    process…in middle of classrooms….with technology
    available today there are no excuses…..
    My children and grandchildren are so much more informed
    than my generation….information is power but it is not
    to be “abused” … more shared !

    Enjoyable read indeed.


  • gigi  On January 4, 2014 at 4:59 am

    So many people confuse the purpose of testing. Testing is merely a means of assessing or measuring what students know, what they need to know, and the learning outcomes and or expectations. Mitra’s successful experiment could not have been made possible without the invention of the computer, internet, and language – all products of learning dating back way before the Victorian era of teaching reading, math, and focus through discipline in a formal setting.

    I have met 2 year olds who know and can recognize letters and understand that letters are used to form words that produce speech sounds. I’ve met 6 year olds who are just now learning this concept. And I’ve met adults who still do not understand this. The difference lies in the expectations of the environment.

    To paraphrase Noam Chomsky, whom I greatly admire, no one really likes learning but motivated people are inspired by a desire to succeed. Adolph Huxley wrote in ‘Brave New World’ and ‘Brave New World Revisited’ about the deliberate dumbing down of society through mass distraction and instant gratification. So did Orwell in his book ‘1984’ but he wrote about burning books to prevent people from reading/learning. Whereas, Huxley wrote that there would be no need to burn books because the distraction machine would deter society from being interested in reading/learning.

    “The more that you read the more you will know, the more that you know the more places you will go.” Dr Seuss

    • de castro  On January 4, 2014 at 7:06 am

      Excellent and realistic synopsis Gigi…
      The most powerful computer on the planet is the brain…it is also the most
      “underused” in most individually but “socially” priceless.
      It is by “emotionally sharing” knowledge that we begin to realise
      its potential….two brains are better than one…my grandmothers
      own words….Chomsky my later mentor.
      If mankind is to move forward the sharing of knowledge can only
      enhance evolution….avoiding revolution….both evolution and revolution of
      thinking the way forward.
      The skies the limit indeed.


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