Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Computer In the Wall May Change the World

Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching. Watch the whole thing!

Notice the basics of teaching here:  positive reinforcement, socialization, perfect timing, self-teaching.

Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have had a rather famous disagreement over priorities in the rush to improve the world. Gates has said that prioritizing worldwide Internet access over Malaria research is a 'joke'.  I think  Bill Gates is totally wrong.  In fact, I think if we had made worldwide Internet access a goal a decade ago, we would already have a cure for malaria and quite a few other problems as well. 

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