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Posted on October 4, 2012

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Dr. Sugata Mitra
"Using Technology to Facilitate Inquiry-Based Learning
in a Self-Organized Learning Environment’
7 p.m. Oct. 17
Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre

Dr. Sugata Mitra’s “hole-in-the-wall” experiment changed the way many educators think about teaching and learning.

Instead of providing instruction, Mitra set up an Internet-connected computer in an Indian slum. He watched as poor, illiterate children taught themselves to use it — and then taught what they’d learned to their friends.

Mitra’s research on such “self-organized learning environments” has made an impact around the world. He is a regular participant at TED conferences, and his learning experiment, which has gone global, inspired the book that inspired the film Slumdog Millionaire.

Educators are invited to learn more about Mitra’s vision for the future of education when he discusses “Using Technology to Facilitate Inquiry-Based Learning  in a Self-Organized Learning Environment.”

The free talk wll be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre.

The public is welcome to attend.

About Dr. Sugata Mitra

Mitra is a professor of educational technology in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom.

He is the world’s leading proponent of “minimally invasive education,” which suggests that by stimulating a learner’s curiosity and providing the appropriate tools, children will drive their own education.

Mitra holds a doctorate in physics and is credited with more than 25 inventions in the area of cognitive science and educational technology. With more than 35 years of experience in learning systems, educational software and instructional design, he has published more than 35 research papers and over 1,000 articles since 1965.

Read a biography of Dr. Sugata Mitra

Read Dr. Mitra’s blog, ‘Barefoot in the Head’

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