Children Teach Themselves What They Want To Learn On Computers

Sugata Mitra's experiments in self-teaching demonstrate that children can teach themselves how to use a computer with no aide from a teacher. Mitra stumbled on this fact when he, for experimental reasons, installed an Internet connected computer into a wall of a nearby slum where uneducated kids could reach it and play with it. What he captured via a hidden camera as the kids played with the computer was remarkable. In the absence of supervision or formal teaching the kids, driven by curiosity and peer interest, taught themselves and each other how to use the computer. Mitra now leads an online project in Self Organising Learning Environments with the backing of Ted Talks. Video on his experiments below.

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