Flying Solo. Would You?

Sugata Mitra’s “Hole in the Wall” experiments have shown that, in the absence of supervision or formal teaching, children can teach themselves and each other, if they’re motivated by curiosity and peer interest.

 To what extent is this already happening?

 

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93 thoughts on “Flying Solo. Would You?

  1. After watching Sugata Mitra’s “Hole in the wall” I feel that today there is to some extent kids teaching themselves in the sense of their ability to access technology and use it towards their education. Today, students are able to have Chromebooks in their classrooms and each person could use. Soon, students will be receiving their own Chromebook to be able to take home and to school. Students are able to learn on their own from using the computer. I believe kids have the ability to teach themselves, but they need to be motivated. If they are not motivated, they won’t engage in their learning and won’t benefit from using the technology that is provided to them. In schools today, students are becoming less motivated and need a new style of learning. Thus, by having the opportunity to teach themselves using the Chromebook, that may be the better style of learning for them. But, it also depends on the student. Some students may feel that they need a teacher or some may feel they only need technology for their learning. There are some students that are not very independent and some that are completely capable of teaching themselves. But there is technology out there that gives students the ability to teach themselves and some use it to their advantage but some may not even want to go near it. It all depends on the student and their needs so they can benefit in the best way possible in their education.

  2. Upon closer examination of Sugata Mitra’s presentation of a new education study, a different perspective on the spectrum of education style arises. Because students learn best when they want to learn, making it more personal, and allowing them to achieve their own goals will skyrocket their skills and education level. As seen in his presentation, instead of a teacher to oversee a class, students will perform to a higher standard when they have an engaging GUIDE to push them and encourage them, as he proved by setting up a virtual classroom in the form a video conference with a large group of willing grandmothers. This chemistry between eager children and excited grandmothers plays the lead role in an integrated classroom, which is what I believe will prove the most successful in the modern world. This idea works well aside from the fact that the technology that would allow this is becoming more and more available, but that it excited and motivates youth to learn. Even when I analysed the video’s individual learning motion, you still face the problem that there is always the large group of kids that don’t want to work, and would rather spend their own time doing less meaningful things. Through the situation in the United States, for example, those people eventually graduate and appreciate the benefits that schooling had granted them. So, a classroom where the mandatory community style, such as in the American classroom, combined with the guided individual style that’s recommended in Dr. Mitras’s presentation, allows all children to learn in a more motivated, effective, and advanced way.

  3. So far in my high school experience, I have yet to encounter a teacher who gives their students freedoms to learn as Sugata Mitra. Sugata believes that in the abscence of a formal teacher, students, if they are willing and commited, can educate themselves. He has proved this notion with several experiments throughout his career, and he has mostly experimented with children from foreign countries who do not understand English, and the results were very suprising. Even without understanding English, these children, with the aid of technology, were able to find the information they wanted to find. However, Mitra stated that the results were better when the students worked together, as they can carry constructive conversations and share their opinions and thoughts to help complete the task at hand. While this is occurring in certain places in the country, It isn’t enough. I wish that education in our modern society would implement systems like these so us students can actually be motivated to learn without the pressures of the modern school system on our shoulders.

  4. After watching Sugata Mitra and his experiments, it showed just how intelligent and motivated kids become when they feel inspired to learn what they want. When kids feel that they have the power and knowledge available to them, they will become curious and excel at what they want to excel at. A lot of students feel very trapped and controlled in the school system today, and become unmotivated due to the lack of freedom. School should be about learning, not grades and deadlines, I believe this is what Sugata Mitra wants us to understand. Lizd21’s comment supports my claim, when she says “Even when we are using technology for school, there are always restrictions. For example, when writing a paper the teacher chooses what we write about. We are told how and what to write. This gives the impression that, there is only one way to do things. That’s how I’ve been taught in school throughout my life. If students were given more of a chance to do what their full potential is, they can be exposed to more opportunities.” You are lying if you say you’ve never heard students say that they dislike school, but I’ve never heard someone say they dislike learning. But what is school? The whole point of education is to learn and become knowledgeable, yet school doesn’t always provide that. I feel as if school’s should bring the focus of learning back into the curriculum, and put less emphasis on instruction, numbers, and deadlines. When students are able to independently explore, they will expand their knowledge, and have fun while doing so.

  5. After watching the video “Hole in the wall” a the experiment by Sugata Mitra. 10 years ago in our classroom a teacher would just stand up and teach the class as they take notes. But know the teacher stands up for 10 minutes gives us an assignment and tell us to go on chrome books and do the assignment till the class is over. This shows that Sugata vision is coming true but very slowly. I think there will be always a teacher in a classroom but the involvement to the classroom will go down and students will go up. So i feel like his vision will come true but in a different way.

  6. This method of allowing students to teach themselves is not a common occurrence. Our school system is much to structured for such a loose learning stile. Though this method, given time, could be just as effective as a teacher and student, it is not used to its fullest potential. One important factor of education is interest, how interesting is this subject to the student. If a student enjoys what they are learning and want more they will be educated.

  7. Its to an extent where it is happening right now. We just don’t notice it because people who are already born into technology don’t really see how its at an extent where this form of education is already happening. For example,in the video people where doing homework on computers. Now a days kids do that already, and they do it very often! Or how it showed an adult teaching kids through facetime. And now, children can easily get access to that if they wanna get education due to all these electronics they own. So,this is to a point right now where people can easily get an education or get work done in school.

  8. The video “Flying Solo. Would You?” explains that if children have the motivation to learn they can teach themselves without the presence of a teacher. This claim has been proven by Sugata Mitra. He as experimented this in a couple different countries. He has given technology to countries like India ad South Africa. This has been proven to extent of children walking up to these computers and teaching themselves what interesting to them. They conducted their own research by going on Google to help them with their homework. The children didn’t need a teacher to learn to do their work on the computer. Sugata Mitra vision is coming true to the extent of more countries becoming familiar with technology and children have the ability to enhance their learning without teachers. With the technology, children don’t have to be taught about common core classes but, the subjects their more interested in.

  9. The problem with education today is the lack of motivation from students who aren’t interested and lack caring about learning the certain topic. I find that the projects or classes where I put my most effort in,are the ones where I am able to connect something I have interest in. For example, teachers have started to let us choose the books we want to read instead of assigning the same book to everyone.The projects we have to do have also opened up so its not so specific of a project and students can use their imagination to create a project with interest instead of just trying to get it done. Like the video says, “If children have interest, then education happens”. This portrays the statement where students seem to put in more effort when an interest of theirs is connected. Teachers have included more projects that aren’t as specific so students can use their imagination. However, their are still many subjects where these opportunities aren’t as reoccurring. For example, in a topic like history, the whole class learns the same information. There are a few students who may be very interested, but for the most part, students sit their, take notes, memorize instead of learning, take the test and most likely forget the information. This is very present in some of my classes, which are the ones I put effort but not as much as the classes I am interested in. Back to the question of what extent this is happening,it is definitely being incorporated but isn’t in as many of my classes. If teachers were to realize that students thrive more when they have interest, and incorporate new assignment, students would most definitely start to do much better and put in more effort.

  10. Many classes at the highschool level teach independence in and outside of the classroom. Although we are able to work independently there is still much structure in the classes high schoolers take unless it is an independent course. There is a fine line between teaching ourselves because we want to learn and being forced to teach ourselves. some teachers offer little instruction then expect their students to know specific information. These teachers are attempting to do independant teaching methods but lack the knowledge of the correct way to do so. If a teacher in say a language class tells their student to go home and learn a set of vocabulary words but gives them nearly a hundred words to learn, the students will not be able to correctly learn the vocabulary, instead memorizing them and then forgetting. this method of teaching does not always work, for some students having so many terms to learn on top of the in class assignments and homework from the class can damage in a way as opposed to helping the students learn. On the contrary some teachers do have effective methods of independent teaching and learning. these methods include giving the class a guideline as the general information they need to learn and then allowing them to learn their own way. Teachers like this teach in one of the nest way because students are able to learn what they need to learn while doing it in a way that benefits them as opposed to being taught one way to know the information because that does not work for some people. Independent learning is still not as common as it could be and maybe should be. When students are given the freedom to find ways to teach themselves better than the teacher it gives the students a chance to truly learn and not memorize getting them farther in life.

  11. widespread internet and technology have increased by a tremendous amount in more recent years. its much more likely in this day and age that people even in the most obscure and desolate places have some sort of internet, new age devices, or can order products online. This widespread technological grip is extremely crucial to the education in foreign areas, as well as close to home. This is because even in the absence of any sort of teacher, children will be interested to learn. Sugata Mitra’s “hole in the wall” is a perfect example of youth’s interest in the unknown. Sugata Mitra believes that children who don’t have teacher’s around will still be interested and will search out themselves for something new to learn. With the standard, and most common for of public education, kids sometimes feel overwhelmed and troubled with everything that’s being shown to them, but in a scenario with little to no peer guidance, children will naturally look for something interesting they want to learn about. Whether that be reading digital books, or looking into coding is up to them. Having their own independent choice on what they want to do not only gives individuality to the decider, but also gives them a sense of confidence and determination to pursue the topics they are truly interested in.

  12. After watching the short video “Hole in the Wall” I agree with cassidyw2022, that students are taking education for granted. Many kids in society don’t realize how much they have compared to kids around the world. Privileged kids think a new phone or a new computer is a need. In this world, there are needs and wants and kids now are getting confused are getting that confused. Young adults believe they need all the new tech but really they want it. A need is a daily item like clothes, food etc, but want is a brand new car or and a brand new phone. People want all this stuff so they look cool, but in reality, a 400 dollar computer is going to do the same this as a 1500 dollar computer. Underprivileged kids don’t get their wants they just survive day by day. When something new comes into their community they are going to want to check it out and want to learn about it. All of these kids will be curious and want to learn how to operate this new system. This can lead to higher learning capabilities. This study will greatly improve the learning abilities of the underprivileged but the kids that use technology every day don’t have the drive to learn. We are still learning in the textbook when we have tremendous resources. To get these 21st-century kids to learn their need to be a change in the educational program.

  13. I agree with what natalieo93 said because students that can learn on their own need to be motivated. Students that have motivation are interested in what they are learning and reading. They keep learning because they are want to figure out more and are interested in what the internet has to say. Also I agree because children tend to want to keep understanding because they may not have the chance to and they may not have that technology. When students have the opportunity to use this advanced technology, they want to explore it and understand it because they are so amazed by it. They do not have this in their town so that is why so many people like in India were gathered around and wanted to see more. When children see new technology they want to experience the joy and the curiosity that they have on the computer. The children’s motivation may be that they have never seen a computer before and they are curious so they will spend more time problem solving and understanding the computer. The new technology that they are experiencing will be exciting for them and make many people come together to learn all of the information. Also many students may not understand what they learned in school or may not get a good education so they want to learn more so they google it and are expanding their learning farther. In order for children to figure out their work on their own they need that motivation of them wanting to expand knowledge and learn more details. Children and adults needed the will to keep learning and want to explore more.

  14. I agree with the statement made by Natalie O. The main motivation for learning is the want of learning. Without a desire to learn, people would have no motivation to open a book or make a google search to feed their craving for information. When students are required by law to go to school and get an education, they lose their desire to learn and instead learning becomes a chore. Instead of being able to learn the things that they want,they are instead forced to follow a curriculum that is not to their interest. This takes away their motivation to learn and makes them dread school when it should be something they look forward to. Natalie makes a good point when she says that education is a privilege and we should be thankful that we have to opportunity to come to school everyday. Some students, such as the students in New Delhi, India, did not have access to the same learning tools that we did. We take for granted the technology found in our classrooms, because it feels like a custom to us. However, the technology of today’s day and age has allowed us opportunities that students of the past and even some students of the present, never had. With technology, learning is possible without the need of a teacher. These are all the points that Natalie O mentioned in her comment and this is why I agree with her.

  15. Hi robertm92. As a freshman in the year 2019, it was clear to me that third world countries were not getting that much of an education. This video showed me what it was like to live somewhere else in the world and not have all of the technology that we have today. For example, in 2019, we have iPhone’s that we can use to search for topics that we are interested in. Like you had said, in India the computers are a public tool. This resource is a hole in the wall. The third world countries aren’t privileged like children and teenagers in the United States are because these countries do not have that much money. There should be education provided for everybody because though they can teach themselves, there would be nothing to teach because, not to sound rude at all, nobody really knows how to do anything. The adults there most likely did not have an education when they were growing up and as the world keeps changing and technology is growing there will eventually be no way for some countries to catch up. There is a new version of technology released every single day whether it is a new video game or a new phone, something new is always coming. Countries like India don’t have enough money to get people these objects because there is not enough money to go around. If someone was to go out and give these countries money, it could make the situation a little less harsh because at least there is some way for people to get what they need. As for education, there is a lot that can be done. There can be volunteer teachers that go overseas to help educate the children with computers and teach them how to navigate a technological situation. However with children in America today, they are receiving a full education. High school students complain that they have too much work and avoid it by going on their phones and computers to watch YouTube or Netflix. These people are taking their tools for granted because they have been around it for so long that they don’t want to use it anymore. All while children in third world countries the children and teenagers have one or two computers to learn about and use. These individuals are more interested in computers than ones in the United States. In places like India children are teaching themselves how to use technology. There are so many advances being made and third world countries are stuck in the dust.

  16. In schools, over the world, it’s easy to see the increasing disinterest in formal education. In countries that provide public and free education to students, a distressing amount of students are taking it for granted, they see it as a nuisance rather than a gift and opportunity. In Sugata Mitra’s “Hole in the Wall” young children are given access to a single computer and with in hours and days, they are able to create and use technology better than the average adult. The footage shows children working together and teaching their friends how to use a piece of technology that was just introduced. Student interest plays a leading role in how effective education is for children around the world. During Mitra’s research, a class of students who all spoke no English, were given a two months to figure out a science program in English without guidance, one girl was able to teach herself how to read the program. She was able to teach the other students. The one common occurrence in the all of the children was that they wanted to learn. In schools in America, it’s increasingly difficult to begin a conversation in the classroom. The disinterest doesn’t have to do with the coarse the students are taking, rather the example that they are setting themselves. To answer the question: What’s happening? The answer would be, not much. Teachers are needed to guide students and create an interesting coarse for the students to follow. It isn’t a question of the extent of a students creativity, it’s whether they are willing to use it to achieve the best education and take the extra step.

  17. Curiosity and interest make a student want to learn deliberately. “If children have interest, then education happens,” said Arthur C. Clarke to Sugata Mitra (4:26). After watching the video, I wondered, technology continues to evolve today and because of that students might not need the guide and assistance of teachers as much anymore in the future, or maybe even now. Students who are motivated and with interest or curiosity in something will consciously and intentionally learn by themselves using the technology they have or can access to, without having to need teachers to help. However, not everyone has the motivation to learn and will need educators to push them and teach them to gain knowledge; in America, the law mandates students to take classes to graduate even if it is a subject they are not interested in.

  18. After watching the segment, “The Hole in the Wall”, this experiment was able to show adults that kids are able to learn something new as a group or independently with motivation. Sugata Mitra tried an experiment with kids from India to test their abilities on learning something without any previous knowledge of it. He left India for two months to see how far they could get with the program and what new skills they could discover. What I have realized after watching the video, and seeing how motivated and determined these kids were into learning how to speak English, biotechnology, or how to work a computer, the kids were interested in the new device given to them and they wanted to explore what it could do. In high school, students don’t have that same motivation or determination because they aren’t interested in what they are currently learning. The only thing that kids are trying to do are maintain good grades.Therefore, if there were topics that would interest students in high school, they might be more determined to push themselves and learn more about different topics. In addition, the video also showed how the kids didn’t need adults or teachers to motivate or show them how to control the computer. They were so determined to learn it on their own, that they were able to work together to figure it out. This also applies to high school. Not all students need teachers to motivate them to learn or do their work. Students on their own can push themselves if they are truly passionate about what they are learning. Furthermore, kids tend to put in more effort when it comes to a topic that they are passionate about or inspired by. For example, in social studies, some students may find that social studies is interesting. But the majority of the students will sit in class, listen to the teacher talk, memorize vocabulary,and take notes. If teachers take a step to teach students something they are interested in, then they would see that students would be more determined to learn further information about that topic. Therefore, students are able to put in more effort with topics that they are interested in and that kids don’t need teachers if they are motivated to learn something new.

  19. As a freshman in my first year of high school, I am unhappy with the amount of input students have in the curriculum. I noticed that what me and my peers find as helpful sources do not over lap with what the teachers think helps us. Teachers like to see essays and written articles to express that we are learning when we want hands on learning with questions about topics we are interested in. Sugata Mitra’s experiment with kids allows adults to see how much information students and young kids can take in when they are actually interested. When they voluntarily want to learn it shows that they really will. In my history class I improve by an activity that helps be study before the quiz or test. I asked a few of my classmates and they agreed that not only is it more fun and interesting, but it actually helps us remember the material. When we are listening to lectures we tend to feel bored and nothing connects the information to a real experience, but somethings as simple as studying with the whole class is enough to connect the information to that fun day. I noticed my test scores were better and I improved by having fun with my learning. When the students in India used the computers to do their own research they did it because it was fun, new and they wanted to. They didn’t do it because they were forced or they taking a lecture. Students today do not learn from sitting in front of a teacher and listening to them talk. Its just not practical in today’s world. To get better grades and to see improvement the students need to put input in what and how they learn, teachers can’t tell us what they best way for us to learn is. We don’t want to slack off and fail, we want effective and fun ways to learn that make school easier and actually help us. Students will learn what they want to learn. It works better for students to have fun and learn in a way that actually helps them.

  20. I agree with natalieo93. Children are required to go to school and take certain classes. However, not everyone has the same abilities. For example there are some people that are good at math and science while others are good at english and history. There are even some people that don’t feel as confident in any of those and excel more at the arts. Even though people are stronger at certain subjects then others, everyone has to take all of the academic classes in order to graduate and get a good job. This makes students not give all of their effort because they don’t want to learn more about subjects that their not good at, or don’t want to pursue. Students should be able to teach themselves what they want to learn so they could be more engaged and interested in the activity. If students are unmotivated, they won’t want to listen to what teachers are trying to teach them. The children in India don’t have regular access to technology but quickly learn how to use it. This shows that children learn better when they have more freedom.

  21. It’s no lie that people will always be motivated to do or learn something that they are passionate about. These children who had this opportunity to partake in this experiment showed incredible interest with whatever showed up on that screen. The huge difference here is that I, a student in America, have been used to technology and sometimes it gets a little boring. These children in the experiment got the chance to be hands on with something new and amazing to them! And the fact that they could educate themselves about simple mathematics or even European history shows that we don’t really need a teacher to guide us. Yes, they do give out the topics and all the questions, but the thing is that the questions don’t relate to the answers that students are looking for. For example, I have always been around technology my whole life and I have gotten used to it. Literally, smart boards are in almost every class. It gets repetitive, and as for me, I lose that motivation. This experiment happened in a place where there isn’t such an easy source of technology. Of course, the children were curious because its NEW! They have learned a lot and things that weren’t familiar to them already. In the video, students were collaborating and talking to each other and gaining all different types of knowledge because they were curious. If there weren’t any teachers, there wouldn’t be that big of a problem. As we have heard at least once, we literally have the world at our fingertips. We have google and websites that give us information, and all we need to do is use our fingers to access that information. We can see that when new things come to us, we get curious and want to learn about it. Education becomes boring if things are not interesting. Its not that students are lazy, its just that they don’t want to put effort into things that don’t spark curiosity in them.

  22. I strongly agree with Mitra’s opinions and statements in this video. He proves time and time again that children are smart enough and motivated enough to learn on their own. The issue is that not enough teachers allow us students to get the chance to learn about what we are interested in. They do not give us the chance or the time. So much homework is piled and piled upon students at this school, that there is simply no time to complete it, participate in extracurricular activities such as sports and clubs, and also get the chance to learn about what we truly care about. Many of the topics we learn about in school will not be useful to our daily lives as adults, while they are important to learn about now to help us gain knowledge, in the long run they will not likely be needed after our scholar educations are over. What students should be learning about is what they want to pursue in a career, not what the educational systems in America believe they should be learning about. Students should have the freedom to explore the possibilities of learning what they want to learn without the burden of hours of needed work piled on them. Mitra proves that if students want to learn, they will, but students need the freedom to explore what they truly care about learning.

  23. It seems that most schools are failing to give students the freedom that they very gravely need. They are not going to go into the world and become surprised at how many things they’re going to have to learn for themselves. Although it is happening in some places, it appears that kids’ hands are being held and walked through their classes with assistance, whereas they should be given some leeway so they have that room to learn and tech themselves. They’re not teaching students what they want to learn, therefore the students are becoming bored and require the guidance because they have no motivation to learn. It is no secret that a child is going to be more interested if they are learning about something they find entertaining. In a a situation where the kids want to learn, they are going to want to teach themselves out of curiosity. So, when they are intrigued by the subject, it is certain that the student is going to want to enlighten themselves. This can be seen happening today. A child may research something that interests them, the result being that they were able to find information and retain it. It’s happening everywhere. Every single child with a mobile device has all of the world’s information right at their fingertips, just one swipe away from discovering something they don’t know. They have the opportunity to locate intelligence and it is all so accessible with the internet.

  24. Thinking back to Sugata Mitras video called, “Hole in a wall”, I can infer that Sugata Mitra is exposing a new way of teaching students. With his new way of teaching, students are becoming more independent and are inspired to conduct learning on their own. I find that during this video, the students who live in India are excited and intrigued about learning. When Sugata Mitra brought a computer to India, and left it there for two months, the students were enthusiastic and thrilled about this new item of technology. While students in America go to schools where there are hundreds of computers. Students in America do not see computers as anything special, they see those computers as boring work. While students in India, see the computer that Sugata Mitra got them as something to explore and to be grateful for. The reason why these different groups of students have different views on technology is because Students in America grew up on advanced technology, while Sugata Mitras group of children did not have any technology growing up until he brought them a few computers which sparked their imagination and curiosity of technology. All in all, “Hole in a Wall” shows how Sugata Mitra presents his new ideas, of teaching children who have not been exposed to technology running their world. The video shows how students use technology in different ways.

  25. The Hole in the Wall experiment, I feel, shows how privileged we are to even be typing on computers. Many third-world countries do not get the luxury to even be taught in a classroom. During the experiment it really shows people that many children, of these less fortunate countries, are smart enough, are clever enough and are able to be given something and figure it out, just like you and me. It is scary to think that many children of this generation are growing up without the tools they need to advance in the world, such as computers or books. If third-world countries were exposed to the internet and a library, I would not doubt that they would learn and process the information like anybody else. Teachers are not really needed in this society when there are so many different outlets we can use to learn and get information. Our generation has come a long way from where we were and have been but it still has time to improve when there are so many young children getting by without an education. I believe we can make a difference.

  26. After watching “hole in the wall”, I can determine that the way schools teach is far different than of what Sugata Mitra has done. Schools tell students what and when to do things which makes learning far easier. However, Mitra has shown in experiments that students when being motivated, can learn for themselves. And when there’s a group of students, with the help of collaboration, it can be surprising how much they can accomplish. He proved this through his first experiment where kids that didn’t even understand English, they could still figure out how to do things by themselves.

  27. After watching this video i noticed that teaching your self isn’t as hard as people think. You don’t need to have anyone teaching you as long as you have the motivation to learn. You can use the most simple resources but as long as you want to learn you can. Teachers now are teaching us to remember the information then spit it out at the test. Then after that test we just forget the info. If we have the drive to learn for ourselves then we are able to remember that information. Also when people use their strategies they can learn the info faster even if they have never heard a single thing about their topic before. Self teaching can work for anyone as long as they have motivation

  28. In Sugata Mitra’s “Hole in the wall” experiment he had put computers in town where children did not have great educations and the children had the motivation to go to these computers and learn about what interested them and they continued to do so. In highschool classes today teachers teach their students about independence in and out of the classroom and the school. But in the classes there is a lot of structure in the curriculum and many of these students are losing interest and not learning what they want to learn. Many teachers use this teaching method but it seems like the students are not interested in it anymore. If there was no curriculum and not a lot of structure in these classes many highschool students would have more interest in learning and they would have the opportunity to learn more about what interests them and this can make them go far in life.

  29. Replying to natalieo93, I also agree with Sugata Mitra and your ideas. Children can teach themselves. Human beings are smart enough to investigate and adapt to new situations. By having interests and motivation, anyone can achieve anything. In the video, Sugata Mitra shows how most students get bored easily during school and don’t want to learn. They have no motivation and what they are learning doesn’t interest them, so why should they learn? Learning is about obtaining more knowledge, but no one wants to learn something they don’t care about or don’t understand. Motivation and interest are the most important factors to learning successfully. In the video, Sugata Mitra, states, “Children will learn to do, what they want to do”(Mitra,1:40). Mitra is showing that society is not reliant on teachers, and can learn when they choose to.

  30. After watching Sugata Mitra’s “Hole in the Wall” I learned that motivation is key to success in education. Mitra’s experiment shows that students learn better when they have the motivation, curiosity, and the tools to learn. Nowadays, students don’t have motivation to learn, because what they are learning simply doesn’t spark curiosity. Students are learning basically the same thing every year and are all in the same curriculum. Every single day, students are doing the exact same thing, doing their classwork and waiting for the bell to send them into the hallways into their next class. Sugata Mitra’s ideal form of learning is a lot better than what we have now. He explains in more detail about technology in education as well, and how it can help further develop a motivation for students and a better way of learning. Mitra also says that students don’t really need teachers if they are motivated enough. They are able to learn by themselves with the technology they are given, of course if they have the motivation to. Mitra further says that having the technology to learn is really important. Students in his experiment were able to learn in such a quick time with the computer they used, they were able to teach themselves without help. In all, from Mitra’s video, I learned that students can teach themselves if they have the right motivation and tools.

  31. Today, kids around the world have the ability to teach themselves nearly anything. To a certain extent today kids do teach themselves information. When it comes to school, kids have no free will to teach themselves, as teachers take the lead. But, in life I have encountered kids that have been interested in a topic, searched it, and learned new knowledge because they were interested. In the video, Sugata Mitra conducted an experiment where he left a computer in the middle of a wall. Kids that had barely any education, and spoke close to no English, all worked together to communicate and learn from the information they found online. On their own, without any higher power, the kids that were not well educated all worked together to problem solve and teach each other information. In this time today, kids don’t have as much of an opportunity to learn on their own, as teachers are the head of every classroom. However, most kids still have the resources to learn on their own time. As long as a kid finds a subject interesting and is motivated to learn, they can teach themselves as shown in Mitra’s experiment.

  32. This video is telling us about how students are smart enough to teach themselves something. If they are really interested in that topic. While I agree that students easily get bored learning something they don’t care about, the point of school right now is to introduce you to different topics that maybe you’ll take interest in. College is when you take classes for something you want to pursue a career in, not high school. High school is just the introduction to those potential careers. But, I do believe there are ways teachers can teach a class where students can be less bored. Kids, especially teens, don’t like being told over and over what to do. If the teacher explained what to do once in a broad way, then let them go off on their own, students may like class better. However, every student is different and learns differently. So the teacher should be able to bend what way the student needs them too without craddling them through class.

  33. I agree with Wesley in the sense that yes, kids living in first world countries do take schooling and education for granted. These kids are often bored in school. All the while children in developing countries such as the kids in India in the video can appreciate even simple education, like a simple arithmetic game on a computer. This is all due to kids in developed countries always having access to school, and often when people have constant exposure to something, that is when they take it for granted. When that something and in this case school is gone, that is when it is missed and desired again. Also, when talking about Sugata Mitras experiments with the “Hole in the Wall”, it brings up the fact of a students lack of freedom in the current school system. In his experience, when the children were interested, they learned better and wanted to learn. If this were to be applied to our schooling system, it would engage many students and obviously make them learn more. Though this all sounds nice, it is unrealistic because then there would be no use for teachers and it would only work for kids if they actually went to school. Perhaps a solution for this is to make a custom and more personal based schedule for each student and start from there. This will spark a students interests by giving them classes they want, while also making them more productive. This also sparks the problem of having to change the classes themeselves and how they function making the change of the currect school system a nightmare. Changing one small thing will cause another thing to be changed an so on. Maybe instead of trying to fix the existing system, why not create a whole new one?
    Sorry if this is rambling i just tried to get all my ideas down.

  34. The video is about how children are able to teach them self and peers if they have the will and power to do so. Like how the children were fascinated with the computer and they were teaching peers how to use it. They learned how to do things such as playing music back to each other. This is not only happening in modern technology and time but it have been happening for years before modern technology. Kids were taking things apart and putting it back together to learn how it works. This is still happening today with children who are interested in taking things apart. So when children are left with something they are going to learn about it and how it works.

  35. After watching Sugata Mitra’s “Hole in the wall” experiment and Ted Talk, It is very easy to understand the flaws in our education system. The video clearly points out how effectively kids learn when they are working together and bouncing ideas off of each other rather than taking notes and listening to a teacher. In our school today, I feel like we are not experiencing this very much. A normal day consists of going from class to class, working on worksheets, and taking notes from what a teacher tells us. In the video, the students were motivated to learn new technology and understand things that they never had the opportunity to understand before. This is much different from what we experience as our classes do not really focus around new ideas.

  36. After watching the video, “Hole in the Wall”, I think the segment shows that kids can learn by themselves if they have enough motivation to do so. Sugata Mitra tried an experiment with children from India to see if they could learn something new without knowing anything about that subject before. After 2 months of giving them freedom with the experiment, he went back to India and discovered that the kids were very interested in the computer in the wall. They learned new ideas. Now days, kids in school don’t have enough motivation because they take it all for granted and they don’t think any of it is important enough right now. I think that if school topics were more interesting, students would be willing to give their full attention. Also, having teachers just talking in front of the classroom isn’t affective at all. This video also proves that teachers aren’t needed all of the time, if needed at all. If kids want to truly learn, they will find a way to figure it out by themselves, or with their peers. Teachers can obviously be helpful, but we don’t need them with enough motivation and dedication. But, they aren’t helpful when they teach us to memorize words or definitions. We later on forget them for life. But, if students learn things by themselves, they will most likely be more engaged, willing to memorize it naturally.

  37. Self teaching and learning does happen, The children in the video taught themselves to learn because they did not get an education and they wanted to learn, These children also could be influenced to learn to show off to their friends what they know, such as people do with other things like sports. This learning is unlikely in a first world country because most students associate school with a boring waste of time environment, but the 3rd world children who don’t receive education want to learn. They want to learn because it is not regularly available to them.

  38. The video showed how the students learned how to use a computer because they wanted to and not forced to. These kids had never used a computer before, but because using the computer was something they wanted to do, they could teach themselves to. This is already happening to some extent. For example in schools students can choose to join clubs. Students are interested in the club they join and they collaborate with peers in the clubs so they are able to teach themselves. While this is happening, in school students aren’t teaching themselves. They may be learning things that don’t interest them and they aren’t teaching themselves, a teacher is giving them all the information. This shows that while this is happening, it’s not happening to a great extent.

  39. In today’s public schools, this is not happening very often. Children are already familiar with technology and use it for school in basically all their classes. Outside of schooling, kids will use technology to complete homework assignments. Kids in today’s society are not motivated or interested enough to be teaching themselves by using technology, and most of them will most likely only use it to finish homework, watch videos, play games, etc. This is not happening very much in countries that are used to technology, but like in the video, it is happening in countries that are not so familiar with technology, becayse children there are actually motivated and interested in what it is and does.

  40. This comment is in response to a comment made by “chrisr93.” In 1993 when he was taking the class, he said that he felt there was little to no independence in his high school classes. I feel as though public education has made great progress in this aspect, in that we more often see teachers leaving us, students, with a prompt, rather than a lecture. This progression has led students to become more self-reliant and ready for the individuality of the real world. It is very important to teach students these lessons, as young adults because applying the information and content that school has to offer is just the foundation for life skills. When school systems integrate other methods of learning, they can produce well-rounded individuals who are ready to transition into adulthood. Letting students learn when, how, and what they want is how schools can prepare them the best. With mentoring and reinforcement, every student can succeed.

  41. I agree with Mitra and the points that he made in this video. Children have young minds, they’re sharp and intelligent. Being left on their own without supervision is what triggers their curiosity, as they are drawn to the computers like they do in the clips. Today however, in classrooms, being taught similar lessons seven days a week can become repetitive and boring to that child. The little ones who were trying to investigate the monitors were genuinely interested on learning more, as they weren’t used to such technology. They were easily to figure out solutions to the problems on the screen, clearly showing they had spent a lot of time evaluating the system. In school, we are told what to do. Even when on devices like laptops and computers, there is a certain site we must go on to complete a certain task. For these kids, they were left with no instructions. The free will that they had was what kept them intrigued.

  42. Not only does this sometimes happen in school but it can happen at any time when you get something new. When you get a new game you have to figure it out yourself. But sometimes people are to lazy to try to do it. Today you can look up how to do anything on YouTube and that is the lazy way of how to do it. When you have a problem figuring something out you can just look something up, but people who don’t have this privilege will learn to figure it out by them selves. This is why they are more likely to succeed without someone who is guiding them to solve the problem. Today I believe that people are to lazy to try to figure out something that they do not know. This is what people use teachers for. People use the teachers to guide them to what they are supposed to do. The kids in the video were left with no rules and with technology that they have never been seen before and that is why they just explored it and learned themselves.

  43. After watching the video, I agree with Mitra, but don’t see his ideas being used very much in my school. Students do get to use technology and explore for certain assignments, but it’s a rare occasion that they are given complete freedom to explore completely unsupervised. I also don’t see students able to choose different topics to explore, they are just given whatever classes they need for graduating. I believe that it would be very beneficial to allow students to decide what subjects they want to focus on and be able to learn without a teacher handing them the information. Although some students don’t use the technology responsibly when left alone, the video shows the many positive effects of allowing them freedom, especially when they are interested in something. I think that allowing this freedom would spark interest in students, and motivate them more to learn. Teachers should be in classrooms to keep students on track and motivate them as well, but when given the option to explore the possibilities and interests a student has, they will succeed much more.

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