What would you like to learn today? Building a center for research into Self-Organized Learning

This is a really interesting idea for the world of education. I love open lessons and facilitating children’s curiosity to learn. However this could only really work with children who all want to learn!

We are fighting a new generation who are realising school doesn’t necessarily get you to where you want to be. It’s good to have some guidelines for open ended lessons. Teachers or facilitators should also be really well trained specialists in subjects to make this really work!

I personally would think this is a great extra curricular activity or maybe for Fridays – perfect opportunity to set some weekend homework.

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Students at a School in the Cloud lab in India investigate a big question on their own in a SOLE. At the newly-opened SOLE Center at Newcastle University, academics from many disciplines will  conduct research on this type of learning. Photo: School in the Cloud Students at a School in the Cloud lab in India investigate a big question on their own in a SOLE. At the newly-opened SOLE Central at Newcastle University, research will be conducted on this type of learning. Photo: School in the Cloud

Picture a classroom teacher without a lesson plan — a teacher who instead asks students an open-ended question to explore: Can animals think? Did dinosaurs exist? What is a soul?

With the opening of Newcastle University’s SOLE Central on Monday, this vision is coming to life, in a research center where the concept can be tweaked and improved as it rolls out to the wider world.

SOLE Central is the first global hub for research into self-organized learning environments (SOLEs) – the style of learning championed by TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra. In his 2013 prize-winning wish, Mitra offered up a vision of education that combines the resources of…

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