Winner of TED 2013 Prize Talks: The Future of Learning
Sugata Mitra’s inspiring TED Talk on the Future of Learning was named Winner of the 2013 TED Prize on February 27 and was granted $1 million to build a learning laboratory based on his interest in disruptive innovation, self-organizing learning environments and rethinking pedagogy. Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, England, Mr. Sugata is best known for his "Hole in the Wall" experiment, and widely cited in works on literacy and education.
The TED presentation focused on the need of schools to shift from the obsolete ‘factory model’ to one that meets 21st century learning and living, and individualized learning needs and realities. In a related blog post, he opines: “From Plato to Aurobindo, from Vygotsky to Montessori, centuries of educational thinking have vigorously debated a central pedagogical question: How do we spark creativity, curiosity, and wonder in children? But those who philosophized pre-Google were prevented from wondering just how the Internet might influence the contemporary answer to this age-old question. Today, we can and must; a generation that has not known a world without vast global and online connectivity demands it of us.”
He further stresses, “Unlocking the power of new technologies for self-guided education is one of the 21st century superhighways that need to be paved. Profound changes to how children access vast information is yielding new forms of peer-to-peer and individual-guided learning. The cloud is already omnipresent and indestructible, democratizing and ever changing; now we need to use it to spark the imaginations and build the mental muscles of children worldwide.
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