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Interesting how the in the American version the teacher presents the activity as a “contest” to students. I didn’t see the collaborative learning in Sugata Mitra’s video as competitive. Kudos for giving this a try. Is the teacher still using this strategy?
Thanks for stopping by Carl. I wouldn’t call it the “American version.” It was simply this individual teacher’s approach to take a great learning activity and twist it to match his teaching style. He uses this, and countless other strategies to inspire his students to be passionate about learning.
I’ve added this idea to my lessons for tomorrow. We are going to do a minilesson about questions you answer by finding the answer in the text and questions you answer by using information in the text and adding ideas.
Thanks for your comment. Your mini-lesson sounds intriguing. If you have time, let me know how it turned out.
Hi Keith, I love the Hole in the Wall video, and can see how your colleague was inspired to do this lesson. Really nice to watch! Sharing knowledge in the classroom is so much better than protecting it. Recently, at a primary school in the UK I was visiting, one girl opened up a big book to put around her notebook to hide the story she was writing. She didn’t want others stelaing her ideas. Everyone else then decided they had something worth hiding. The table, 5 or 6 children, spent the next 5 minutes making sure no-one was copying anyone else. Impossible. None of them had anything to copy. But their defences were as secure as Fort Knox!
Glad you enjoyed our activity and I completely agree with what you say about sharing knowledge. That is pretty much our primary role as educators, and hopefully, we are passing that virtue along to our students.
Very nice, Keith. Thanks for sharing it.
Very cool! That’s the kind of learning I wish my child was doing in school. Love the 1 to 1 laptops.
Thanks Eric! Although we’re not 1 to 1 in the Intermediate School (yet). We have a couple of class sets of COWs (Computers on Wheels) that teachers check out for various projects. Amazing learning is happening, and with more and more teachers seeing the benefits of 1 to 1, there is now momentum to make it happen school-wide.