TED is well known for bringing nonconformist educators on its stage: a lot of people got to know the conference through Sir Ken Robinson‘s talk “Do schools kill creativity?“, while Salman Khan explains in his talk “Let’s use video to reinvent education” on the TED stage how he brought Khan Academy to life. This year’s TED prize goes to Sugata Mitra, another educational researcher proposing a simple idea in order to revolutionize the learning system.
He imagines a school in the cloud without a teacher as an authoritarian figure, but a person encouraging the curiosity and the collaboration of her pupils. Sugata Mitra’s wish is to design the future of learning:
“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.”
Watch his talk and if you agree with his vision, let us spread this forward-looking wish!