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The School in the Cloud
The Emerging Future of Learning



September 2019 | 224 pages | Corwin

The Science and the Story of the Future of Learning 
Educators have been trying to harness the “promise” of technology in education for decades, to no avail, but we have learned that children in groups—when given access to the Internet—can learn anything by themselves. In this groundbreaking book, you’ll glimpse the emerging future of learning with technology. It turns out the promise isn’t in the technology itself; it’s in the self-directed learning of the children who use it. 

In 1999, Sugata Mitra conducted the famous "Hole in the Wall" experiment that inspired three TED Talks and earned him the first million-dollar TED prize for research in 2013. Since then, he has conducted new research around self-organized learning environments (SOLE), building "Schools in the Cloud" all over the world. This new book shares the results of this research and offers
• Examples of thriving Schools in the Cloud in unlikely places
• Mitra’s predictions on the future of learning
• How to design assessments for self-organizing learning
• How to build your own School in the Cloud
• Clips from the documentary, The School in the Cloud

Discover the future of learning by digging deep into Mitra’s thought-provoking experiences, examples, and vision.

 
List of Figures
 
List of Companion Website Resources
 
Foreword John Hattie, Class 3G, Belleville Primary School
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Prelude: A Matter of Imagination
 
The School in the Cloud: A Chronology
 
PART I: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CHILDREN MEET THE INTERNET?
 
Chapter 1: Self-Organizing Systems in Learning
1999—The Hole in the Wall

 
Can Children Learn With Technology?

 
2007—The Gateshead Experiments

 
2009—The Granny Cloud

 
Admiration as Pedagogy: The Kalikuppam Experiment

 
Skype Grannies

 
The Hyderabad Project, 2007–2009

 
The Atlas Learning Centre (ALC) in Gosavi Vasti, India, 2012

 
2010—When the Rubber Hits the Road: Implementation Around the World

 
 
Chapter 2: Schools in the Cloud
TED: An Idea (I Hope Was) Worth Spreading

 
The Schools in the Cloud

 
 
PART II: SCHOOLS IN THE CLOUD
 
Chapter 3: Area Zero: Gocharan, the Baruipur Municipality, Bengal, India
Learning and Some Huge Challenges

 
Results

 
 
Chapter 4: Area 1: Korakati, the Sundarbans, Bengal, India
Results

 
 
Chapter 5: Area 2: Chandrakona, West Midnapore, Bengal, India
Learning and Some Challenges

 
 
Chapter 6: Area 3: Kalkaji, New Delhi, India
The Early SOLE at GGSSS/GBSSS

 
Learning

 
Results

 
 
Chapter 7: Area 4: Phaltan, District Satara, Maharashtra, India
Making Sense of the Data From Phaltan

 
What the Phaltan Data Said

 
 
Chapter 8: Area 5: Killingworth, North Tyneside, England
 
Chapter 9: Area 6: Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, England
 
Chapter 10: How to Build Your Own School in the Cloud
Why Would You Want to Build a School in the Cloud?

 
Will the Internet Ever be Allowed During Examinations?

 
Space

 
Furniture

 
Computing Equipment

 
Power, Internet, and Climate Control

 
The Dasghara Model

 
Using the School in the Cloud

 
Creating and Posing Big Questions

 
When SOLEs Go Wrong

 
 
PART III: GLIMPSES OF THE FUTURE OF LEARNING
 
Chapter 11: What Did We Learn From the Schools in the Cloud?
How Much Can We Rely on the Research?

 
What Did We Learn From the Schools in the Cloud?

 
 
Chapter 12: Is No Pedagogy Good Pedagogy? Minimally Invasive Education
Education

 
Education and Cognition

 
Using the Past

 
Assessment

 
A Different Type of Exam

 
Curriculum

 
 
Chapter 13: Where Are the Schools in the Cloud Now?
An Uncertain Future

 
What Is Happening With the Schools in the Cloud?

 
Schools in the Cloud Spreading Around the World

 
 
Chapter 14: Projection, Prediction, Prophecy, and Phantasy
Looking for the Future

 
Projection

 
Prediction

 
Prophecy

 
Phantasy

 
Spontaneous Order

 
 
Epilogue
 
Documentary Discussion Guide
 
References
 
Index

Sugata Mitra is one of the most original voices in education today. His unique research with children and technology around the world casts a fascinating light on the core dynamics of learning - and teaching. Children love to learn: they don’t all do well in education. Why not? In school they're usually obliged to compete with each other: what if they collaborate instead? They’re typically taught by age: what happens when they’re not? What if there’s no teacher at all? And what does all of this mean for the future of education in an increasingly connected and febrile world? A bold, provocative and important  book for anyone with a serious interest in learning, technology and schools. 

Ken Robinson
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