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What is The Hole in the Wall

Handbook of Research on Educational Design and Cloud Computing in Modern Classroom Settings
It is a term derived from an experiment in India indicating that children in unsupervised and self-organised groups can learn to use the Internet to search and find answers to questions that interest them or for their own purpose.
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New Systems for Children's Learning: Changes Required in Education
Sugata Mitra (Newcastle University, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3053-4.ch002
The chapter describes the author's work on self-organizing systems in children's education and what lessons can be learned from this for a possible future for education. Starting from the ‘hole in the wall' experiments of 1999, the work goes on to describe the development of “Self-Organized Learning Environments” (SOLEs) that can be created in schools and the role they can play in unsupervised learning by children. The role of the Internet in children's education is described and extrapolated to a future where “knowing” itself may have a different meaning and role. The chapter contains a question and answer section where the author's views on frequently asked questions are contained.
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