2015 Press Releases

Sugata Lecture cancelled

10 Dec 2015
Dr Sugata Mitra

We regret that Dr Sugata's lecture is not going ahead this morning as his flight was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

His talk, titled Education And The Cloud will take place at 11.30am in Room G05 of the Western Gateway Building on the Western Road.

A Professor of Educational Technology in Newcastle University’s School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Sugata is best known for his pioneering work on the ‘Hole in the Wall’ project in Delhi.  A polymath of international standing, Sugata has achieved higher degrees and recognition in Physics as well as educational technology.

In this talk, Education And The Cloud, Sugata Mitra will take us through the origins of schooling to the dematerialisation of institutions as we know them. 

Following thirteen years of experiments in children's education, Sugata takes us through a series of startling results which he believes demonstrate that children can self-organise their own learning; achieve educational objectives on their own; read by themselves and most startling of all: that students with access to the Internet can learn anything by themselves. Sugata’s talk 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.

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 univeristy where he thought and taught, Sugata outlines his vision of the 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. Sugata is now building seven ‘Schools in the Cloud’ with his Ted.com Prize fund, of which some glimpses will be provided in the talk.

 A radical thinker, we expect Sugata to challenge us as educators in this talk and we look forward to the dialogue.

All are welcome, but spaces are limited, so please ensure you reserve your place through this link

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