As you probably know, this year's TED 2013 prize went to Sugata Mitra for his outstanding wish " School in The Cloud ". Digging through the achievements of this educational researcher, I found out that Sugatra is behind the popular Hole in The Wall experiments that proved that kids learn more in the absence of adult supervision and formal teaching. For Sugatra peer interest and curiosity are the main drives for kids' effective learning .
The central idea behind hole-in-the-wall is that groups of children learn on their own without any direct intervention. This was conceptually explained by Dr Sugata Mitra, Chief Scientist of NIIT, as Minimally Invasive Education (MIE). He found that children using Learning Stations required little or no inputs from teachers and learnt on their own by the process of exploration, discovery and peer coaching. The idea of MIE has crystallized over a period of time based on observations and educational experiments conducted at NIIT.
One of the things that stood out to me when I read that paragraph above is the MIE concept. I have never heard about it before so I tried looking it up and this is the definition I found for it :
Minimally Invasive Education is defined as a pedagogic method that uses the learning environment to generate an adequate level of motivation to induce learning in groups of children, with minimal, or no, intervention by a teacher. Click here to learn more about it.
TED has also featured a playlist of some great talks on education curated by Sugatra himself and which I am sharing with you below. Enjoy
1- Sugatra : Build A School in The Cloud
2- Arvin Gupta : Turning trash into toys for learning
3- Annie Murphy: What we learn before we re born
4- Kiran Bir Teaches kids how to take charge
5- Ken Robinson : Do Schools Kill Creativity