Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Review: TED Talk by Sugata Mitra's new experiments in self-teaching

My oldest daughter wrote this review of Sugata Mitra's new experiments in self-teaching:

Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, is the originator of the Hole in the Wall experiment.

The Hole of the Wall also called MIE, Minimally Invasive Education, is an experiment that tests how children learn in unsupervised environments. What the experiment did was place computers in walls all over Africa and India. Then the experimenters watched as children taught themselves and each other.

Some of the more impressive results included a group of young boys correcting their pronunciation as to be able to be understood by the text to speech functions.

According to Professor Mitra when given free and public access to computers and the Internet a group of children can do everything from teach themselves enough English to use email, to answer examinations questions several years ahead of their age group.

It is a fun video and worth watching:

(Here is my second daughter's review of the same TED Talk.)

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