Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
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Born on February 12, 1952, in Calcutta, India, Sugata Mitra is a Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, England. He is best known for his "Hole in the Wall" experiment, and widely cited in works on literacy and education. He is Chief Scientist, Emeritus, at NIIT. He is also a TED Talk award winner in 2013.
Mitra’s work at NIIT created the first curricula and pedagogy for that organisation, followed by years of research on learning styles, learning devices, several of them now patented, multimedia and new methods of learning.
Since the 1970s, Professor Mitra’s publications and work has resulted in training and development of perhaps a million young Indians, amongst them some of the poorest children in the world.
On May 3, 2013, Mitra’s TED Talk “Build a School in the Cloud” was featured in NPR’s TED Radio hour on “Unstoppable Learning”. In the program, Mitra discusses the findings of the “Hole in the Wall” experiment – when children in the rural slums of India are given a computer, they are in fact capable of teaching themselves everything from character mapping to DNA replication.
Mitra envisions a world of unstoppable learning through the creation of a worldwide cloud – where children pool their knowledge and resources in the absence of adult supervision to create a world of self-promoted learning.