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School In The Cloud: The Future Of Learning

Children Learn From Each Other

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Learning Happens... By Itself?

"Schools as we know them are obsolete" says Sugata Mitra, an educational researcher and the winner of the 2013 TED Prize.

His wish: Build a School in the Cloud, where children can explore and learn from one another.

He makes the point that our educational system was developed so that empires could assure the smooth running of the whole show. They needed to pump out people that had a certain set of skills, rather identical to each other, in order to function in society...meaning, contribute to the empire. The Victorians needed schooling to make sure that the bureaucratic administrative regime functioned. There were no computers, no phones, and data was handwritten on pieces of paper traveling by ship. People had to all contribute to the system in predictable ways.

"The System is still creating identical people for a machine that no longer exists. The Empire is gone." says Mitra.

He has pioneered an entirely new pedagogical method: Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE) where the students teach each other.

So much learning can be done from the internet. A school in the Cloud!

This is a very special Ted Talk that really shines a light on the fact that the knowledge of the future, what we want children to learn above all else, is how to teach themselves whatever the job or task or situation calls for.

--Bibi Farber

This video was produced by Ted Talks