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Musings of a male granny: This retired schoolteacher spends his free time Skyping with Indian schoolkids

Musings of a male granny: This retired schoolteacher spends his free time Skyping with Indian schoolkids

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David Swancott is a retired biology teacher who lives an hour southeast of Bordeaux, France. He spends his free time bicycling, traveling and, for the past two years, being a “Skype Granny.” Swancott is a part of the “Granny Cloud,” a project created by 2013 TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra to make teachers available online to mentor children participating []

What happens when 5th graders run the classroom: A SOLE in action

What happens when 5th graders run the classroom: A SOLE in action

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Eleven-year-olds running a classroom? That could sound outlandish to some elementary school teachers, but not to Joe Jamison, or “Mr. J” as he is affectionately called by his fifth-grade students at Lawrence Intermediate School in central New Jersey. “I learn from my kids,” says Mr. J, as he dips his hand into a Philadelphia Eagles []

A year into his School in the Cloud documentary, Jerry Rothwell shares the highs and lows of watching students teach themselves

A year into his School in the Cloud documentary, Jerry Rothwell shares the highs and lows of watching students teach themselves

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British director Jerry Rothwell, the winner of the first annual Sundance Institute | TED Prize Filmmaker Award, has spent the past year trailing TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra as he sets up the first locations of the School in the Cloud. Traveling between a remote village in India and a forward-thinking elementary school in the U.K., Rothwell has watched Mitra, a Newcastle University professor, plant the []

The first School in the Cloud opens in the UK

The first School in the Cloud opens in the UK

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By Sarah Schoengold Sugata Mitra has opened the doors of the world’s first School in the Cloud. Located inside George Stephenson High School in Killingworth, England, this one-room learning lab is a space where students can embark on their own learning adventures, exploring whatever questions most intrigue them. Students even designed the interior of the []

Filmmaker to make documentary about TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra

Filmmaker to make documentary about TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra

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Sugata Mitra’s TED Prize story may soon be coming to a theater near you. Today during the TEDGlobal 2013 session “Exquisite, Enigmatic Us,” curator Chris Anderson named British director Jerry Rothwell as the winner of the first annual Sundance Institute | TED Prize Filmmaker Award. Rothwell earned a $125,000 grant to follow Sugata Mitra over the next 18 months as he builds []

From the Hole in the Wall to Yale: A Q&A with Arun Chavan

From the Hole in the Wall to Yale: A Q&A with Arun Chavan

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After his 6-year-old son taught himself to use a computer, 2013 TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra wanted to test the idea that kids can learn on their own, by discovery rather than formal training. So Mitra and his colleagues dug a hole in the wall near a slum in New Delhi, set up an Internet-connected []