EduTech 2014

 

Sugatra Mitra

 

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Hole in the Wall

School in the Cloud

Sugatra talked about his projects to ensure all audience members knew about the background to where he finds himself now.

A significant finding of the Hole in the Wall experiment was that children taught themselves computer skills to the same level as an office worker in 9 months of collaborative unguided exploration.

He made the point that if the brain is threatened, your ability to learn is threatened and that this is what happens in our classrooms all the time.

SOLE – self organised learning environment.   Teachers can do this just once a week.   They can take the curriculum, turn it into an interesting question and allow students to work in groups to answer the question.  He has never seen this fail.

He talked a lot about ‘The Edge of Chaos’ – and raised the idea that possibly learning is an edge of chaos phenomenon.

 

Sir Ken Robinson

 

 

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Sir Ken Robinson was greeted with a rockstar welcome.  He started off in his usual self-depreciating manner which is very endearing.  He is quite lovely to listen to and speaks a lot of sense about global education and challenges it faces.  This was the first time I had been with Ken in a live situation as last year at EduTech he was on live hook up.

He talked about creativity and he referred to his three main points that he often brings up:

1. We are living in revolutionary times.

2. We need to think differently about the education that is best for our children to receive

3.  We need to behave differently.

The major difference in his talk this year was that he used the metaphor of organic farming to refer to education and the way it needs to evolve to suit time we are living in now.

Organic Farming

1.  Has a focus on the health and vitality of living things.

Diversity has to be considered in addition to the right nutrients and a focus on the culture and not the output.

2.   Ecology

All living things have a life cycle and a system of interdependence.

3.  Fairness and equity are important.

4.  Care is important.

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He reinforced that we need a revolution in education.

1.  Culture in which people will thrive.

2.  Collaboration and interdependence

3.  Fairness, equity,

4.  Care

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