Self Organised Learning Environments

In Critical Thinking we are currently discussing education, examining finance, curriculum and organisation. In other words, how is it funded? What do we teach? And how is it done? We are exploring alternative ways of providing education and asking the question, What is it for?

Sugata Mitra has been conducting experiments in self organised learning with stunning results. This recently recorded TED Talk (22 mins) has already been watched over 300,000 times and clearly his ideas are gaining traction.

Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud
Hat tip to Jason for this

Mitri's use of grannies is reminiscent of the Barefoot College which has the motto "Train a Grandmother, change the world!" If you've not seen Bunker Roy's Learning from a barefoot movement (20 mins), it is worth watching.

Mitri introduces the concept of self-organised learning by describing the needs of the colonial empire which were satisfied by the Victorian system of education. His premise is that our education system is preparing our children for a world which no longer exists. Sir Ken Robinson's 12 minute RSA animate video, Changing Education Paradigms tells a similar story from a different perspective.

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0 #4 Janos Abel 2013-03-09 19:32
Quoting Clive Menzies :
I agree that education delivered via the cloud has risks. But as I understand it, children are being asked questions. The type of questions we ask and the way we ask them are key.

Maybe we should assemble a list of questions as part of the education module output.
 
 
+1 #3 Clive Menzies 2013-03-06 22:53
Quoting Janos Abel:
An interesting comment at the TED site:

It's a better wheel…but it's still a wheel.

Education has evolved to support current oligarchies . The migration to the cloud is a natural evolution of control. Today they mine independent thinking and the creative use of data bases,

I think a truly new approach to education reform requires the adoption of sociological paradigms rather than economic imperatives.

I don't believe life is sustained by knowledge. It's sustained by the interaction of social groups. We don't need to find new ways of imparting knowledge… we need new ways of imparting empathy.


I agree that education delivered via the cloud has risks. But as I understand it, children are being asked questions. The type of questions we ask and the way we ask them are key.
 
 
0 #2 Janos Abel 2013-03-05 16:12
An interesting comment at the TED site:

Gord Groat at http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_build_a_school_in_the_cloud.html
Interesting talk that expresses the current shift away from archaic modes of dissemination. While advocating the power of new immersive technologies to create an organic learning experience.

It's a better wheel…but it's still a wheel.

Education has evolved to support current oligarchies . The migration to the cloud is a natural evolution of control. Today they mine independent thinking and the creative use of data bases,

I think a truly new approach to education reform requires the adoption of sociological paradigms rather than economic imperatives.

I don't believe life is sustained by knowledge. It's sustained by the interaction of social groups. We don't need to find new ways of imparting knowledge… we need new ways of imparting empathy.
 
 
0 #1 Janos Abel 2013-03-05 13:42
I only had time to watch this http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_build_a_school_in_the_cloud.html (it was worth every one of the 22 minutes):

"Schools as we know them are obsolete...", they continue producing parts for a machine that no longer exists".

The video brought to mind Buckminster Fuller's statement "Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living [normalizes]them".

Do we need schools? No. What we need is time and space to where learning can emerge. That is learning that organizes itself.

What are the obstacles to this 21stC learning process? What needs to be identified and eliminated?

Don't take Fuller's (one of heros') advice as gospel truth:You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete
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When real change threatens, the established system will try to kill off that threat.

Historical proof of this lies in the fate of the movement inspired by Henry George (land issue), and the Social Credit movement (monetary reform).
 

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