TED Talk – Sugata Mitra

Education researcher Sugata Mitra talks about his research with “Hole in the wall” computers and how children can teach themselves if they are given access to information and encouragement.  Provocative and inspiring.

I was particularly inspired by Mitra’s approach to self guided instruction.  His belief that children can teach themselves and teach one another is both bold and inspiring.  I feel that formal education needs to find ways to tap into the motivation and self development that Mitra witnesses in the the children of India.  Certainly the context is different, but the underlying truth that kids ultimately want to learn and can teach themselves things with the right resources and framework is exciting.  I want to be that kind of teacher.

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