Given Computers, Children Teach Themselves

Posted by | September 11, 2010

Let’s face it, I’m a technocrat. My vision of the future is more tech, more computers, and a possible species-wide merging into the Anonymous meme-collective. Because I’m always right, experiments in the real world are vindicating these views.

Education scientist Sugata Mitra recently performed an interesting experiment. He buried a computer in a concrete wall, planted it in a slum where children could get at it, then walked away. When he came back, the children were using the computer in ways he couldn’t have predicted — and not just because the kids had never seen a computer before in their lives.

Here’s Sugata Mitra’s TED Conference presentation of how kids and computers mix.

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