Speech analysis – Sugata Mitra : Kids can teach themselves

Sugata’s Mitra speech isn’t directly about technology. However, he shows how technology and education can work together. The video is accesible from the TED site:

The main strong points of this presentation are for me:

  1. Storytelling: he recalls his research: what was the subject, what he did for the research (like driving through rural India), what his first ideas were, how he looked for more evidence and what he found out. All this has personal touch.
  2. Illustrating the stories by videos: his stories are full of videos of what he actually saw. He’s commenting the the videos so that we understand better what we do see.
  3. Explanations: for every subject he explains it even further showing how the education happens without teachers and other materials, just in the group.
  4. Fun: one of the great moments is the village when kids learned English from CDs and then demand faster processor for their computer, perfect!

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