One of the keynote plenary speakers for this year’s ISTEK ELT Conference will be Dr. Sugata Mitra, educational researcher and the person who created the Hole in the Wall experiment. He and some colleagues dug a hole in an urban slum in India in 1999, with an internet-connected computer installed there and cameras filming. The children would go there and experiment with the computer until they knew how to use it. His experiment demonstrates how children, with no input from an educator, can teach themselves or one another.
Dr. Mitra received a TED award earlier this year and now hopes to build a school in the cloud, a worldwide cloud, where children can draw resources from, learn on their own and teach each other.
At ISTEK ELT we will all be very fortunate to listen to his talk, The Future of Learning.
Here is a video of his talk at TED2013, Build a School in the Cloud.
Vicky Loras, Roving Reporter for ISTEK ELT