Dr. Sugata Mitra to Visit in October

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TED Prize winner Dr. Sugata Mitra will give the inaugural talk in the Schools’ Inspiration Speaks series on October 16 at 11:00 a.m. in the Conway Convocation Center on the Belfield Campus (799 Faulconer Road).

Dr. Mitra’s work is at the forefront of a new approach to education which challenges how we teach children in the technological age.

Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University, UK and previously a Visiting Professor at MIT, Dr. Mitra is currently working on the School in the Cloud, which is the culmination of over a decade of research and observations from all over the world. His “Hole in the Wall” experiments have shown that in the absence of supervision or formal teaching, children can teach themselves and each other if they’re motivated by curiosity and peer interest. His recent pioneering study found that use of the Internet can allow eight- and nine-year-olds to perform at more than seven years above their expected academic level.

At TED2013, he was honored with the TED Prize — a $1 million award given to an individual with a creative, bold vision to spark global change. His TEDTalk, Build a School in the Cloud, is available online.

Space is limited. Free tickets are being offered to School families and alumni on a first-come, first-served basis via online form. Limit two tickets per person.

Questions regarding this event should be directed to Nancy Velasquez, nvelasquez@stab.org.

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