School in the Cloud or Cloud Granny as it is affectionately called allows learning to happen anywhere by supporting children all over the world to tap into their innate sense of wonder and ability to work. Currently headquartered in Newcastle, UK, this project is the outcome of India’s social researcher, Sugata Mitra’s, innovative “Hole in the Wall” experiments using a free access computer to study poor Indian children’s learning patterns. It has been replicated in numerous studies in multiple countries. The addition of a caring person standing behind children, offering simple encouragement, was Mitra’s source of inspiration.
A similar, virtual resource educational bank available to all learners with content provided by elder professionals based on their knowledge and experience is now being developed. This project will further expand the potential of the original concept and utilize a rich resource in the process. For recent stories of SOLE success visit: www.tedsole.tumblr.com
Now supported by a TED grant through the University of Newcastle, Self-organizing Learning Environment virtual learning pods employee mediators (grannies) to interact, support, and encourage learning. It is a grand co-mingling of psychology and technology to produce a valuable support system for underserved learners. Growing to be a successful model in several countries, and gaining global attention, a major enterprise to move it to global status is sought.