The Future of Learning Event

The Future of Learning Event


Newcastle University’s Institute for Sustainability are hosting a FREE event on The Future of Learning, The Core.

TED Prize winner Professor Sugata Mitra will take us through the origins of schooling as we know it and the dematerialisation of institutions as we know them. Thirteen years of experiments in children’s education takes us through a series of startling results – children can self-organise their own learning, they can achieve educational objectives on their own, can read by themselves. Finally, the most startling of them all: groups of children with access to the Internet can learn anything by themselves.

From the slums of India, to the villages of India and Cambodia, to poor schools in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, the USA and Italy, to the schools of Gateshead and the rich international schools of Washington and Hong Kong, Sugata’s experimental results show a strange new future for learning.

Using his $1 million TED Prize, Sugata has now built seven ‘Schools in the Cloud’, of which some glimpses will be provided in the talk. Sugata’s talk will be followed by a presentation from Open Lab, School of Computing Science.

The event is organised in collaboration with the Federation of Small Businesses with support from the North East Chamber of Commerce. There will be a free drinks reception after the talks.

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About the speakers:

Prof Sugata Mitra

Sugata is Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University. He is the instigator of the Hole in the Wall experiment, where in 1999 a computer was embedded within a wall in an Indian slum at Kalkaji, Dehli and children were allowed freely to use it. Since then the work has led to Self-Organised Learning Environments (SOLE) throughout the world delivered by the School in the Cloud Platform. His Hole in the Wall experiments inspired a novel which went on to become the Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire. In addition to his pioneering work with SOLE he has over 25 inventions in the areas of cognitive science and emotional technology, and is the recipient of numerous international awards for his work.

Open Lab

Open Lab is Newcastle University’s centre for cross-disciplinary research in interaction design, ubiquitous computing and digital media.



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