On November 10th history was made. Sugata Mitra’s ideas of SOLEs and the School in the Cloud, as well as his 1 million dollar TED prize culminated in the opening of a new research centre at Newcastle University. Working at the same site as the launch, I had the privilege of not only attending, but working at the event.
I described what SOLEs are in a previous post, but the research centre is taking them in a slightly new direction. Here’s the press release the University wrote about the new centre. It does a really good job of describing exactly what the centre will do.
Initially, SOLEs were supposed to be a means of allowing children that had no access to school to learn in a more systematised environment, but as Sugata came to Newcastle he was contacted by schools. Since then he has worked with several schools in the North East of England, as well as rural areas in India to (help) build environments that are conducive to Self-organised learning.
The research centre itself is a new institution that was built on the grounds of previous research and contacts. Having said that, the presentations at the launch ended with a question for the academics, teachers, educational staff, businesses, etc.
How do you want to learn?
What do you want to learn?
and probably most importantly, how do you want to get involved?