The “Granny Cloud” and Classroom Independence

Over the past couple of years I have been following with interest some of the work by Prof. Sugata Mitra centered around Education and Cognitive science.  Prof. Sugata Mitra is most famous for his “Hole in Wall” experiment where he fitted a computer in a hole in a wall in a slum in Dehli, India.  The aim of the experiment was to prove kids could be taught by computers very easily without formal training.  This led on to other experiments, and he has championed minimally invasive education.  His recent work around “The Granny Cloud” has led me to create some interesting experiments of my own in the classroom.

How does this work apply to classroom Independence?

My understanding of his work has been to reflect upon my own practice and question teaching decisions.

  • Does that really need to be taught by me?
  • Can I build in exploration and discovery?

Granny Cloud Teaching

In a recent lesson, I used this method to let pupils “self-teach” themselves about creating procedures in a simple programming language.  My role was to use the “Granny Method” and simply offer them praise and lots of encouragement, especially when they made discoveries! I’ll publish more details about this lesson shortly.

On reflection I found that many pupils retained more of what they had learned, and felt a sense of empowerment as well as new found confidence.

So What Now?

I would love to invite comments from teachers of other disciplines.

  • Can this approach be used in other subjects?
  • How effective do you believe such an approach is?
  • Can this be used with subjects that traditionally take a didactic approach to teaching?

 

 

Posted by at March 17, 2013
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2 Responses to The “Granny Cloud” and Classroom Independence

  1. Fokrul Hussain says:

    I regularly use this concept in my “Conference Room” Mathematics lessons and collaborative ICT activities.

    If anyone is interested to research this further watch

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dk60sYrU2RU

    Thanks Norm!

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