At TED2013, Sugata Mitra, the first recipient of the historic $1 million TED Prize revealed his wish to inspire the world. He asked the global TED community to make his dream a reality by helping him reinvent the way kids learn. He said:
“My wish is to help design the future of learning by supporting children all over the world to tap into their innate sense of wonder and work together.”
In addition to asking the community to help him build a virtual learning lab in India, he encouraged them to create their own local Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLEs) by downloading a SOLE toolkit for use in their homes and classrooms. Since then, thousands of people from Colombia to South Africa have downloaded the toolkit and are experimenting with his learning method on the ground. What’s more, teachers, parents, and community members are sharing their discoveries to help advance his research.
For the past few months, Sugata has been busy sourcing a location for the learning lab in the outskirts of Calcutta in West Bengal. As he prepares for the lab school’s building to commence in September, he’s launching “Satellite SOLE’s” within existing schools in the UK and India, with varying degrees of bandwidth and resources.
Are you moved by Sugata Mitra’s wish to motivate children to work together and tap into their innate sense of wonder? Download the SOLE Toolkit, conduct a child-driven learning environment in your community and share your discoveries.