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The Hole in the Wall

An image of Sugata Mitra - TED TalkHave you ever heard Prof. Sugata Mitra talk about his experiments? Prof Mitra has been my constant inspiration. An important insight which Prof Mitra reports on, is: “If children have interest, then Education happens”. No matter how many resources we might use, no matter how many fancy tools or gizmos we buy for our classrooms, unless we stimulate interest – there will be no education and much less learning.

Prof. Mitra called his experiments “The Hole in the Wall” – and I would strongly suggest that you follow his discussions about the how and why he did these experiments and more importantly how it affected education? I would also invite anyone to think about how his experiments can be adapted to the classroom? What can someone do to follow in Prof. Mitra’s steps?

Link: Sugata Mitra – The Child Driven Education


3 comments on “The Hole in the Wall

  1. sarahbuttigieg12
    October 30, 2013

    He carried out some very interesting experiments which really caught my interest!! And they led to very convenient conclusions. What I found as astonishing is how these children who did not understand a word in English have understood some very difficult things through the use of computer without any tutor or anything. This shows us how technology can be used by the students to learn and gain knowledge alone. In class what I think we as teacher can do is leave the students on their own to experiment and we just give them that extra push that they need, and this will eventually lead, similar to those students experimented upon, to look up for more information, be more interested and involve themself. “Children learn to do according to what they want to learn to do.” Children learnt how to use the computer without anybody telling them. The same can happen in class; students can do their research come up with results and this interest and increases their curiosity to search for more. As Dr.Sugata Mitra said today we have stumbled across a self-structured system. Technology is that system, from which everybody regardless where they live and they type of language they speak, can learn from it without any external interventions. What looks impossible to do, can eventually, with effort and motivation be done. It needs to come from the student`s willingness, ability and want, to discover and learn new things. “It is a question of attitude and not technology.”

  2. berniceschembri12
    November 6, 2013

    The results that he achieved with his experiments are unbelievable! I found it really amazing seeing children who never saw technology and does not even understand English, were able to learn alone. Let alone our students what they can do without the help of the teacher, as they are familiar with various types of technology! I agree with the above comment, that we should leave students experiment by themselves and just lead them to where they want to end. The fact there is the teacher always for help, encourages them to try harder because if they are stuck, she could give them that little push.

    As Dr.Sugata Miudtra said, students have to be interested in order to learn and I strongly agree with that. Students can find knowledge everywhere because of the internet , so unless teachers are going to make their learning fun, they cannot make students learn.

  3. mariamicallef
    November 13, 2013

    That was really innovative and inspiring and it really shows that its attitude that affects how much we learn. As the previous comment said, teachers have to make the learning fun by making the lessons as interesting as possible and inspiring them so much that when they go back home they are willing to learn more on the subject.

    Furthermore, teachers have to keep in mind that children are able to learn autonomously as seen in Dr. Sugata Mitra’s video. Those children didn’t have anyone to guide them but they were still able to accomplish results. They were able to learn something new with the help of each other.

    I think an example of how we can follow on Dr. Mitra’s steps is by not expecting our students to learn and know everything. For instance, why do I have to know which countries have the most fossil fuel emissions by memory, when I could just go on the internet and search for it? It is more fruitful to show the students that if they have access to an unlimited amount of information then they should use it to learn from it. Not by memory, but by discovering and understanding it and maybe use it in a productive way in their future.

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This entry was posted on October 29, 2013 by in education, reflection.
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