Warming up…

Session 2: Soles and Somes The kids were excited and chatted happily.  Usually all at the same time, so that hearing and following was difficult!  They were thrilled that I ‘remembered’ their names and could greet them one by one.  In reality, I had written them all down and sought assistance in how to pronounce […]

Self organised mediation environment

In a previous post, I wrote about Soles and Somes.  I was so excited about this project, that I sent off the volunteer form right away. Yesterday I received a response and exchanged some promising emails with Suneeta. We have arranged to catch up on Skype this week to discuss further. I hope they accept […]

Kids in the cloud…

‘Can you do a dance for us?’  ‘Join in. Copy us’… The connection with the School in the Cloud lab isn’t very good today – the picture is choppy and it’s difficult to hear some of the time. None of this deters the girls in either Delhi or Melbourne and they find ways to communicate despite the […]

Letting learning happen…

Knowing is obsolete. Teachers may no longer be needed. Could it be that you don’t need to go to school at all? If you’ve watched Sugata Mitra’s TED talks, you’ll have heard him deliver these and other similarly provocative statements that challenge the notion of school as most people know it. Wherever his work is mentioned, […]

Face to Face

Guest post by Jackie Barrow who has been involved in the SOLE and SOME project for over three years. During that time she has interacted with different groups of children in a variety of locations in India. My relationship with Khelghar Palakneeti, a charity run after school provision for the children of the Lakshminagar slum […]

Exploring access to education…

“We sit in groups, work collaboratively, share our ideas, ask lots of questions and are encouraged to think. Is school the same in India?” The question is asked by Taylor, 12, in an interview (via Skype) with Bhushan, who I met on my recent trip to Pune. He has promised to write me a guest […]

Opening new vistas…

Guest post by Suneeta Kulkarni. #8 in the series Learning in different contexts. You may already be familiar with Sugata Mitra’s work. Some of you may have gathered from Edna’s earlier posts that the initiative SOMEs (Self Organized Mediation Environments) grew out of the SOLEs (Self Organized learning Environments). We began this particular initiative in May […]

Connecting through music…

The kids in Australia and the kids in India have a shared appreciation of music. They have played and sung to each other a few times and discussed their liking for Shakira… Further reflections: Eli in Australia: I am really enjoying talking to the students at Shiragon high school over skype. I think its really fun […]

Global classroom…

I’ll have a new role in 2011. Teaching and Learning Coordinator. I love the title because those are the things that matter to me. I’ve always been a teacher and never aspired to be any kind of head. I’m not interested in admin, budgets, management or dealing with complaints. I care about learning. And next year I’m […]

More similar than different…

Rajat, Gouri, Ashkay, Sameer, Amol, Ankar, Sanket, Vikrant and Laxman are students at a rural school in Shiragon 100kms from Goa in Maharashtra, India. They have gathered today at the SOLE near their school. Isabella, Liat, Talia and Rebecca are Year 6 private school students in Melbourne, Australia. Differences: language, environment, culture, economic background, religion… Question: […]