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Beyond the Hole In the Wall

Discover the Power of Self-Organized Learning

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Ten years ago, educator Sugata Mitra and his colleagues cracked open a hole in a wall bordering an urban slum in New Delhi, installed a networked PC, and left it there for the local children to freely explore. What they quickly saw in their ‘Hole in the Wall’ experiment was that kids from one of the most desperately poor areas of the world could, without instruction, quickly learn how the PC operated. The children also freely collaborated with each other, exploring the world of high-tech online connectivity with ease. It was the dawning of Mitra’s introduction to self-organized learning, and it would shape the next decade of his research. This important update on Mitra’s groundbreaking work (which provided the inspiration for the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire) offers new research and ideas that show how self-directed learning can make kids smarter and more creative. He also provides step-by-step instruction on how to integrate it into any classroom. It’s an important lesson that could reshape our schools and reinvigorate our educational system. With a foreword by Nicholas Negroponte, founder of both MIT's Media Lab and the One Laptop per Child Association.

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Sugata Mitra - Beyond the Hole In the Wall

I can't wait to hear what he discovers by giving kids access to iPads. This work is so important and so needed. Please keep going!

Overall, a great book.

This Ebook is very informative and educational. It emphasizes children's capabilities for self-actualization and curiosity. In the middle it deviates on a small tangent describing self-organizing systems and consciousness, but even that is enjoyable to read. Occasionally the viewpoint switches to that of a child living 50 years in the future that is somewhat related to what the text describes. The side-story culminates in her discovery of an emergent, self-organizing system that she created by accident (enlightenment? The ascension from human to god hood?). I don't fully agree with all of the ideas outlined in this book, but I do believe that there are some very powerful ideas that are absent from our current education system. I predict that it would well for subjects like history and some science, but poorly for subjects like pure mathematics and grammar (despite his claims that video conferences would improve English fluency). Perhaps math could be approached from a more practical perspective like computer programming (following with his technology theme). Anyway this was well worth the $3, and it was entertaining for the hour or so that it took me to read it. I highly suggest purchasing it.

Beyond the Hole In the Wall
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  • $2.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Education
  • Published: Jan 24, 2012
  • Publisher: TED Books
  • Seller: TED Conferences, LLC
  • Print Length: 40 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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