Teacher Steven Delpome was another to be inspired by Sugata Mitra’s TED Talk. He tried it out in the classroom, got fantastic results but was totally blocked by a traditional headteacher. So eventually he left, adapting the idea for families.
“During his 16 years as a school teacher Steven realised there’s very little conceptual learning happening in schools. “The more I’ve come to understand from the little we know about the brain is that most of the population needs conceptual understanding for anything else to happen,” he says.
His aim is to show families the kind of questions they could ask and a way to talk about it – teaching philosophies rather than the ‘how tos’ so they can develop it and use it themselves.
“It’s like a local version of online community where people can turn to each other for help and support instead of paying ridiculous fees for tutors or feeling completely strapped because they can’t pay for them,” explains Steven. “This is something they can handle on their own and that’s a real comfort.”
Read the article: School in the Cloud – Inspiring Families to Learn Together