Master Teacher – Sugata Mitra

As early as 1982, Dr. Sugata Mitra, Chief Scientist at NIIT, had been toying with the idea of unsupervised learning and computers.  Today he is credited with the discovery of  Hole-in-the-Wall.

“Traditional Computer Based Learning (CBL) methods typically rely on one-way transmission of information.  These methods are seen as extensions of classroom learning and thus viewed by children as restrictive. Consequently, results from such CBL initiatives have, at best, been mixed.

In Contrast, Hole-in-the-wall Learning Stations seek to create a new paradigm in the learning process by providing unrestricted computer access to groups of children in an open playground setting.

We believe that such an open setting will use child’s natural curiosity to stimulate learning. The essential features are: ”   Read more


“Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education — the best teachers and schools don’t exist where they’re needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2010, July 2010 in Oxford, UK. Duration: 17:14)

Can you just imagine if that tapped enthusiasm be well-supervised?