Sugata Mitra is a Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University and is famous for the research he conducted on SOLE Self-Organised Learning Environments, starting with the ‘hole-in-the-wall’ experiments he carried out in 1999 where he left a group of computer-illiterate non-English-speaking school children in India with a computer and a touchpad he had installed in a wall to see what they would do with it. Soon they were teaching each other to browse the internet and download games. When Mitra came back three months later, the children were speaking to each other using English words and asking him for a computer with ‘a faster processor and a better mouse’.
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