Thursday, February 9, 2017

Meet Our Plenary Speakers - Sugata Mitra

Join TESOL Macadonia Thrace Pre-Conference Event on Friday 10th February at 21:00 at the The American College of Thessaloniki Bissell Library. 
The title of this first plenary is The Future of Learning.

Sugata Mitra is professor of educational technologies at Newcastle University in the Department of Education, Communication and Language Sciences. Prof. Mitra is also the winner of the TED talk prize in 2013. 

Seventeen years of experiments with 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. The mechanism of this kind of learning seems similar to the appearance of spontaneous order, or ‘emergent phenomena’ in chaotic systems. 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.

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