Meet Sugata Mitra

Here is an opportunity to meet another one of the featured speakers at this year’s Annual Conference. As a way of introduction, watch the short video below where you will hear Sugata talk about the origins of The Hole in the Wall experiment in India and some of his latest work with what is being called “The Granny Cloud”

You can learn more about this amazing man and his work in a January 19, 2011 blog post by Ewan McIntosh: Sugata Mitra- The Granny Cloud

Sugata Mitra at the NAIS 2011 Annual Conference

Sugata Mitra
Thursday, February 24, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
The Hole in the Wall Experiment

Sugata Mitra, professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in the UK, not only invented the Hole in the Wall experiments, but his work inspired the book Slumdog Millionaire, which went on to become the Oscar-winning movie.

For more than 30 years, Mitra has worked in the areas of cognitive science, information science, educational technology, physics, and energy. He is credited with implementing the first applications of digital multimedia and Internet-based education in India in the late 1980s. His experiments (often referred to as “The Hole in the Wall” experiments) with children and the Internet have been reported worldwide since 1999.

Mitra discovered that the Internet, computers, and children are literally “made for each other,” with cognitive processes so similar that children need little or no instruction to master computing at the basic level. Mitra is building on this discovery through the design of hardware and software that enable children to reach the intermediate to expert level independently. His current research is leading toward an alternative primary education, using self-organized learning, mediation, and assessment environments.

Mitra has won numerous international awards and honors for his cutting-edge innovations and discovery for closing the digital divide around the globe.

Additional Resources

Sugata Mitra at TED

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