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How We Learn

Sugata Mitra: how kids teach themselves

Sugata Mitra is an educational researcher whose experiment of giving poor children in India access to a pc lead to understanding of how children can learn for themselves. In 2013 he was the winner of the TED Prize, a $1 million award given to leaders with creative, bold wishes to spark global change

“We left the PC where it was, available to everyone on the street, and within six months the children of the neighborhood had learned all the mouse operations, could open and close programs, and were going online to download games, music and videos. We asked them how they had learned all of these sophisticated manoeuvres, and each time they told us they had taught themselves.”

“Over the next decade we did extensive research in self-directed learning, in many places and through many cultures. Each time, the children were able to develop deep learning by teaching themselves. I decided to call the method of instruction we had developed Minimally Invasive Education (MIE). The rest of the world continues to call it the Hole in the Wall.”

Read more: The Hole in the Wall Project and the Power of Self-Organized Learning (Edutopia, 3 Feb 2012)

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