- Education innovator and physicist Dr. Sugata Mitra was announced Tuesday as the 2013 winner of the $1-million TED Prize.
- With his "hole in the wall" and "school in the cloud" experiments over the past decade, Mitra has focused on creating systems through which children with no access to classrooms, such as those in India's slums, can learn on their own via technology.
- With the prize money, Mitra can increase the reach of the "school in the cloud" program, and to set up an innovation lab in India for further experimentation with the system.
From the article:
... Mitra began his work with what he called a "hole in the wall" experiment. Mitra was trying to figure out how he could use technology to help children in a nearby Delhi slum. So he carved a hole in an outside wall of his research center and placed a computer in it. Over time, he observed as Indian children from the slum with no English skills and no computer skills taught themselves how to use the computer. ...