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For example, how You Tube is bringing about a revolution in how we acquire skills.
Sugata was imagining a future where retired lawyers and plumbers could be called upon online and raised the question whether this could be a natural extension of the Granny Cloud.
Sugata spoke about how SOLEs make something happen that we really can’t pin down quite yet as it’s very difficult to measure.
“It’s the way they level out the playing field for children whose circumstances are very different and show huge differences in traditional comprehension tests,” he said.
“I often turn to the Internet as a last resort,” he said.“But for a generation now, it is the first thing they turn to.
If we take the existing Granny Cloud, we have a lot of people who have lots of skills – should we just restrict ourselves to teaching children if we have these skills to share?
Anyone accidentally stumbling upon a gathering occurring just off Liverpool St in London last Saturday could have been forgiven for thinking they’d walked in on a reunion of old friends.
In fact, most of the people in that room – who had travelled from all over the UK and Europe to be there - had never actually met in ‘real life’, but had shared many hours together online, as part of the Granny Cloud*.
From hearing about learning hairdressing (with truly hair-raising results!) and construction via the Internet in further education from Ph D student Cathy Ellis (who is researching the use of SOLEs in this environment), to how children in the USA and Ghana come up with the same answer to a Big Question, there was plenty to discuss.” As part of this, he asked the group for their opinions on helping out with Newcastle University’s PGCE programme to help young teachers understand how self-organised learning environments work.Those present were keen to explore this at a later date.
The Granny Gathering, organised by Liz Fewings, was a day filled with food, laughter and ideas and the chance to chat with Newcastle University’s Prof Sugata Mitra about the School in the Cloud and how the ‘grannies’ are a vital part of its future.
Technology – the most challenging part of making the School in the Cloud work on a daily basis – was even on our side as we managed to have an excellent Skype connection with Suneeta Kulkarni, research director for the School in the Cloud, who joined us for the entire session from India.