Sugata Mitra

2013 TED Prize winner

<p>In 1999, Sugata Mitra and his colleagues dug <a href="">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="">"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="">minimally invasive education</a>."</p>

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