Sugata Mitra in UCC - Education and the Cloud

Sugata Mitra, winner of the 2013 Ted.com prize, will talk through 13 years of experiments in children’s education which reveal how children can self-organise their own learning.

In this talk, Sugata Mitra will take us through the origins of schooling as we know it, to the dematerialisation of institutions as we know them. Thirteen years of experiments in children's education takes us through a series of startling results – children can self organise their own learning, they can achieve educational objectives on their own, can read by themselves. Finally, the most startling of them all: Students with access to the Internet can learn anything by themselves. This will have a profound impact on those of us involved in education, and challenge third level educators to rethink how we meet the needs of today’s students. Indeed George Boole himself might be imagined as one of the early adopters of self organised learning. And it is fitting that in this year of Boole’s bicentenary celebrations, in the institute where he thought and taught, Sugata outlines a future for learning that would not have been possible without Boolean logic. From the slums of India, to the villages of India and Cambodia, to poor schools in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, the USA and Italy, to the schools of Gateshead and the rich international schools of Washington and Hong Kong, Sugata's experimental results show a strange new future for learning. Winner of the 2013 Ted.com prize, Sugata is now building seven ‘Schools in the Cloud’ with this funding, of which some glimpses will be provided in the talk.

Category: Official University Events: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 11.30-12.30
Location: UCC, Western Gateway Building, G05
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Tom O'Mara

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