Online Learning Update

July 31, 2014

SOLE: Motivate Students to Teach Themselves (and Each Other)

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

by Laura Bradley, Edutopia

What if we asked our students questions (straight from our curriculum), and then we let them, in groups and with the internet, find the answers themselves? That’s what Dr. Sugata Mitra suggests might motivate and inspire students to learn and teach one another on their own, without adult interference. Winner of the 2013 TED Prize, educational researcher Dr. Sugata Mitra has shown with his ‘Hole in the Wall’ experiments that, “in the absence of supervision or formal teaching, children can teach themselves and each other, if they’re motivated by curiosity and peer interest” (
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