Independent Educational Researcher | Retired Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University, UK, 2019 | TED Prize Winner, 2013
About the Special Adresss
In his special address, Prof. Sugata Mitra, will take us through 20 years of experience with how children and the internet interact. His talk will explore the influences the internet has on children and learning, the conditions that influence learning, how these influences have changed over time as well as the future of the internet. He will also talk about the changes that schools need to make to become meaningful in a world where what we need to know is no longer evident.
About Prof. Sugata Mitra
Prof. Sugata Mitra is Professor Emeritus at NIIT University Rajasthan India. A Ph.D. in theoretical physics, he retired in 2019 as Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University, UK. His interests include Children’s Education, Remote Presence, Self-organising systems, Cognitive Systems, Complex Dynamical Systems, Physics and Consciousness. He is known for the the Hole in the Wall (HIW) experiment, aimed at proving that kids could be taught computers very easily without any formal training. A recipient of many awards and honorary doctorates from India, the UK, USA and many other countries in the world, he is credited with more than 25 inventions in the area of cognitive science and educational technology. In 2013, he was awarded the first $1 million TED prize, to put his educational ideas together to create seven laboratories called ‘Schools in the Cloud’. Here he studied learning as emergent phenomena in an educational self-organising system. These results question the ideas of curriculum, examinations and the meaning of ‘knowing’ itself in the Internet world of the 21st century. The effects of Sugata Mitra’s work on the lives of people and the economy of countries can only be guessed at.
Retired Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University, UK | TED Prize Winner 2013
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