Contributor

Sugata Mitra

2013 TED Prize winner

<p>In 1999, Sugata Mitra and his colleagues dug <a href="http://www.ncl.ac.uk/egwest/holeinthewall.html">a hole in a wall</a> bordering an urban slum in New Delhi, installed an Internet-connected PC, and left it there (with a hidden camera filming the area). What they saw was kids from the slum <strong>playing around with the computer and in the process learning how to use it</strong> and how to go online, and then teaching each other.<br /> <br /> In the following years they replicated the experiment in other parts of India, urban and rural, with similar results, challenging some of the key assumptions of formal education. The <a href="http://www.hole-in-the-wall.com/">"Hole in the Wall"</a> project demonstrates that, even in the absence of any direct input from a teacher, <strong>an environment that stimulates curiosity can cause learning through self-instruction and peer-shared knowledge</strong>. Mitra, who's now a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University (UK), calls it "<a href="http://www.hole-in-the-wall.com/MIE.html">minimally invasive education</a>."</p>

icon_gotatip_29x28Created with Sketch. Got a tip?

Do you have info to share with HuffPost reporters? Here’s how.