Day 23 (of 188) SOLE year 2 inspired by @sugatam
For the second year, I have had the opportunity to introduce a new class (grade 5s) to Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLEs). The inspiring brain child of Sugata Mitra, the educational radical who brought us the Hole in the Wall project – http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_shows_how_kids_teach_themselves?language=en and http://www.hole-in-the-wall.com
His learning led to “the classroom in the cloud” https://www.theschoolinthecloud.org/updates
and the concept of students Self Organizing themselves into learning environment and tackling “interesting questions” not to complete a task, but to engage curiosity!
I have to admit, “we” learned a lot last year exploring dynamic questions, and having four ‘looping’ students helped us name a few stumbling blocks that we worked through last year – mainly trying to squish it into 60 minutes when 90 minutes … just works.
But it went much better than we thought it would – we expected problems with group dynamics (which were there, but very minor) and where to get info…and how to share the info. But we tackled and talked about each issue as they appeared. Groups need to continually change. For the students who were nervous about presenting we talked about ‘other’ methodologies – including video, posters, powerpoints and more. But the best part in our class conversation was the students realized (already!) that what was important was the learning, not the tool to show the learning.
Now we’re looking forward to getting things rolling on Monday! And if you want to read more, I have learnings from last year archived at https://technolandy.wordpress.com/soles/
And Sugata Mitras book is at: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/beyond-the-hole-in-the-wall/id497391256?mt=11