January 26, 2021

You Must Rethink “Tech Standards”

In 2004, I had the great privilege of being hired to consult and lead professional development in India. One of the highlights of the trip was being on a panel discussion with Dr. Sugata Mitra and a billionaire high-tech exec. The purpose of the day was a school convening it’s community and experts to discuss the future of education. (How many of your schools have that sort of event on its calendar?)

Dr. Mitra and his work were damn impressive. Upon returning home I wrote the following article: Let Them Eat Tech StandardsA hole in the wall as science and public policy

The “Hole in the Wall” project is a testament to the competency and capacity of children to construct their own knowledge in a community of practice. Internet access can connect children to each other and the 21st century.

The fabulous TED Conference has just posted a new TED Talk by Dr. Sugata Mitra. It is worthy of the attention of every teacher concerned about learning and every coordinator with “technology” in their job description.

Note: The TED Talk site has better video quality, but Blogger would not allow the Embed to work properly.

Also read Sylvia Martinez’s blog about Dr. Mitra’s work, Hole in the Wall – Can kids learn computer literacy by themselves?

2 thoughts on “You Must Rethink “Tech Standards”

  1. Hi, I’m a teacher from Norway. I saw Dr. Sugata Mitra last Spring and was really impressed by his work, too. When I returned to my students I told them about the Hole in the Wall-project, and they became really interested. All my students have their own laptops. A bit later we had a project where we decided that they should work in groups of four, but only have access to one computer in each group. It turned out to be one of our more successful projects that year. They collaborated more and learned much more than they normally did. Amazing! It is really quite simple – two brains think a lot better than one. You are very privileged to have seen Dr. Mitra’s work at first hand. I wrote a blog post about it – the student’s comments are in English. They were 16 at the time.

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