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Welcome plenary

Mitra, S. and Lee-Hammond, L. (2010) Welcome plenary. In: Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) 2010, 12 - 15 October 2010, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, N.S.W.


In this welcome keynote presentation Professor Sugata Mitra explains the fascinating background to his world-famous “hole in the wall” experiment, where a group of slum children in India were given access to a computer and learned to use it without any adult help.

Sugata’s groundbreaking ongoing research has demonstrated that children can achieve many objectives of schooling on their own. Turning the time-honoured concept of schooling on its head, he has shown that children can attain levels of achievement close to traditional schooling with the help of a friendly, but not knowledgeable, mediator.

This is a tremendously important concept for isolated communities, where the quality of traditional primary education often declines with ‘remoteness’.

Introducing Self Organised Learning Environments and Remote Presence Technologies, Sugata foresees a future of education that may be very different from what we have today.

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