Professor Sugata Mitra’s SOLE (Self Organised Learning Environment) technique started in 1999 when Sugata dug a hole in a wall bordering a slum in New Delhi, installed an Internet-connected PC, and left it there (with a hidden camera). Soon, they saw kids from the slum playing with the computer, learning English and searching through a wide variety of websites on science and other topics, and then teaching each other.
ALL children, irrespective of their backgrounds and advantages, are naturally inquisitive and competitive, and that to encourage this natural instinct is the fastest way to enable them to gain knowledge.
The 20 minute TED talk by Sugata Mitra inspired Molly Macaire, and was the main inspiration for EDCLUB. The concept of SOLE is being used by enabling Skype conversations (2-3 times a week, adding up to one hour). One student/mentor (aged 15 upwards) who’s had years of access to the Internet, will Skype a group of four children (aged 9 – 13) who have until now, had no access to the Internet. The Mentors set the younger children questions that would have previously been beyond their reach, and challenge the children to use the Internet to find the answers. This activity takes place out of school time and is additional to the school syllabus rather than duplicating it. It does not replace school in any way.
A Typical Session:
– Ask an open question, with plenty of scope for the children to investigate.
– Generate interest by offering a creative prompt, such as an image or video.
– Let the adventure begin. Kids work in groups to find answers online to your question.
– Document the session.
– Start a discussion about the question itself and their investigation process.
– Give positive feedback, and ask a follow up question for the kids to take away before the next session.
And remember to post a one-sentence review on our EDCLUB Movement Mentors Facebook Forum.
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