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Sugata Mitra on why children need teachers, autonomy and technology – PP117

 



It was a privilege and a pleasure this week to talk to world-renowned educational thinker Sugata Mitra about his work and his thoughts on an unusually wide range of educational issues. Sugata Mitra is Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, England. You may well know his ‘Hole in the Wall’ experiment, which involved giving access to computers and the internet to children and seeing what happened. This led to the ‘School in the Cloud’ and Sugata won the TED Prize in 2013 for this presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3jYVe1RGaU

Sugata Mitra
Sugata Mitra

Rather than focus exclusively on his own work, we decided to ask Sugata questions about a wide range of current educational issues and his answers were fascinating! Find out his thoughts on the future of education, Geordies, supply teachers, textbooks, high-stakes testing, teacher workload and more! Read the blog post about what he had to say. You can always contact Sugata on Twitter. Tweet of the Week Sounds like we will have a more positive report next time from Garth!

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