Arab Today, arab today british educationalist wins coveted ted prize
Last Updated : GMT 08:10:35
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Mitra vows to fund learning lab

British educationalist wins coveted TED Prize

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today British educationalist wins coveted TED Prize

Sugata Mitra (L) is a lecturer at Newcastle University
California - Arabstoday

Sugata Mitra (L) is a lecturer at Newcastle University Sugata Mitra has been awarded a one million dollar TED Prize to pursue the promise of building schools in the Internet cloud where young minds can learn unfettered by grown-ups, AFP has reported. Mitra's journey to the prestigious TED gathering in the Southern California city of Long Beach began more than a decade ago in Delhi, when he stuck a computer in a hole in a slum wall to see what the children would do.
"I left it to the wolves, so to speak, knowing it would be smashed open and sold," Mitra said of that day in 1999.
"Eight hours later I came back to find them browsing the Internet in English," he recalled. "I realised I had accidentally stumbled onto something universal."
What the physicist-turned-educator seemingly stumbled upon was a way of teaching children better suited for workplaces, cultures and economies increasingly driven by fast-changing technology.
His experiment was reproduced in an array of countries and communities with the same result: children can drive their own educations if provided access to the Internet and nudged by adults who also stay out of the way.
"They can cluster around the machine, then you sit back and watch," Mitra said of self-guided learning.
"The more you ask them to sit quietly in rows and columns, that is when the fights break out," he said in a reference to traditional classroom set-ups.
Mitra was the first person to receive a TED Prize since the cash award was increased tenfold to a million dollars.
The award also comes with the ability to tap into the abilities, insights and influence of a TED community devoted to the idea of "ideas worth spreading."
TED members include Nobel Prize winners, successful entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates and the Google founders; renowned political figures, including former US vice president Al Gore, and film and music stars.
Mitra, a university professor in Britain, told AFP the prize money would fund a learning lab in India devoted to perfecting a formula for the School in the Cloud.
Classes will be overseen by a global network of retired teachers who connect with classes by online video chats, but an adult will be on-site to keep watch.
"I want to see if this is feasible," Mitra said. "If it works, it will level the playing field."
Mitra reasons that the traditional focus in schools on reading, writing, and arithmetic comes from a time when societies were cranking out workers for office jobs, government posts or the like.
As technology frees people from offices and creates jobs yet to be imagined, it is time to let children learn in ways that let them pursue and embrace new ideas, he argues.
"There may be ten different ways to produce the next generation," Mitra said. "I think I have touched the tip of one of those icebergs."
Mitra's plans for tapping into the TED community include asking for help getting solar power for his lab and calling for help in the event of trouble.
"Sugata has not only created a remarkable body of research around self-directed learning, but he has support from teachers around the world who are tapping into his methodology with great success," said TED Prize director Lara Stein.
"We are thrilled to support his wish, and are excited for him to delve deeper, build his lab in India, and provide a platform for educators and parents around the world who wish to explore this model."
Mitra laughingly conceded that the model works smoothly until school children hit their teen years and hormones kick in. Then, he said, making a game of the learning seems to get them working."
Stein also announced a collaboration with the Sundance Institute to have a filmmaker document the TED Prize winner's progress over the next 18 months.

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today british educationalist wins coveted ted prize Arab Today, arab today british educationalist wins coveted ted prize

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Laptop ban sparks ire

GMT 09:02 2017 Thursday ,23 March

Laptop ban sparks ire
Arab Today, arab today Sheds light on major steps in 12-year career

GMT 06:07 2017 Monday ,27 February

Sheds light on major steps in 12-year career
Arab Today, arab today Dozens dead in US-led Syria strikes

GMT 08:35 2017 Thursday ,23 March

Dozens dead in US-led Syria strikes
Arab Today, arab today AT&T, Verizon join Google ad boycott

GMT 10:30 2017 Thursday ,23 March

AT&T, Verizon join Google ad boycott
View News in Arabic - Education: التعليم أخبار
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Yemen children dream of school

GMT 07:25 2017 Friday ,24 March

Yemen children dream of school
Arab Today, arab today MP submits a petition to dismiss university head

GMT 06:21 2017 Friday ,24 March

MP submits a petition to dismiss university head
Arab Today, arab today Salvage of South Korea's Sewol ferry

GMT 04:51 2017 Friday ,24 March

Salvage of South Korea's Sewol ferry
Arab Today, arab today Prepares to give stargazers an eyeful

GMT 13:38 2017 Monday ,06 March

Prepares to give stargazers an eyeful
Arab Today, arab today Audi RS 5 Coupe acquires new design

GMT 13:22 2017 Thursday ,23 March

Audi RS 5 Coupe acquires new design
Arab Today, arab today Renault Trezor wins design award

GMT 11:56 2017 Tuesday ,21 March

Renault Trezor wins design award
Arab Today, arab today Merna Waleed praises her work with Soad Hosni

GMT 07:03 2017 Wednesday ,22 March

Merna Waleed praises her work with Soad Hosni
Arab Today, arab today 2017 already marked

GMT 15:25 2017 Tuesday ,21 March

2017 already marked

GMT 07:12 2017 Tuesday ,21 March

Donia Abdel Aziz participates in "Game of Silence"

GMT 22:00 2017 Thursday ,23 March

Number of unwedded girls amounts to 2.5m

GMT 10:34 2017 Tuesday ,21 March

Mexico threatens to ditch US corn imports

GMT 19:45 2017 Monday ,20 February

Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"

GMT 07:03 2017 Thursday ,23 March

Spider Venom May Offer Hope to Stroke Victims

GMT 10:18 2017 Tuesday ,21 March

Kuwait's tourism industry to be worth

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday