CREATE SELF-ORGANIZED LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS based on the work of Sugata Mitra

create open-ended inquiry projects that students can explore and complete according to their own personal interests and inclinations.

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it’s not inquiry if students know what results they’re “supposed” to get or the teacher is working harder than students

in my adaptation of Sugata Mitra's work, I emphasize why it is important to be able to say “I don’t know” and respond by knowing how to ask questions that help you think through complexity toward insight. students take their own unique paths toward insight as they explore and mind map questions that cannnot simply be Google-searched. the goal is for students to develop creative analytical skills and a stronger sense of agency.

www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_the_child_driven_education

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Paul! Hello again. So what sorts of tools or lessons have you implemented that help students do this?

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Hi Emma. The great beauty of this is that you don't need to do a lot other than let students find their way with a little guidance and encouragement. Students need internet access and I prefer that their responses come in the form of a mind map so I show them how to make them. It also helps to have an arsenal of questions that are not particularly easy to Google search -- one of Mitra's sample questions is: "Can you kill a goat by staring at it?"

More info here: https://www.theschoolinthecloud.org
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https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/school-in-the-cloud-production-assets/toolkit/SOLE_Toolkit_Web_2.6.pdf