TED2013 prize for education in the cloud Sugata Mitra

The TED2013 Prize has been awarded to Sugata Mitra for his projects on self organised learning systems. The prize has just been awarded less than an hour ago so here are a couple of slides and links till the clip from today becomes available.

Note: now updated with actual Prize clip

“My wish is to help design the future of learning by supporting children all over the world to tap into their innate sense of wonder and work together. Help me build the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can embark on intellectual adventures by engaging and connecting with information and mentoring online. I also invite you, wherever you are, to create your own miniature child-driven learning environments and share your discoveries.”

sugata-chrisEducation scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education — the best teachers and schools don’t exist where they’re needed most.

In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.

Educational researcher Sugata Mitra is the winner of the 2013 TED Prize. His wish: Build a School in the Cloud, where children can explore and learn from one another

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For more information on Sugata’s work with self organised learning systems see here.

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The TED prize is now worth $1m but more importantly there are a lot of other resources being added to this project. Sugata has presented this talk twice before on TED and this is perhaps an indication of the increasing importance that the TED organisers are placing on educational projects.