My daughter was home from school sick for three days this week. I marvelled at how much learning she did on her own, mostly at the computer though she did read a little and do puzzles. I am totally on-board when I read that Sugata Mitra believes “Education improves when there are fewer teachers.” He set up computer kiosks in Madangir, a slum on the edge of New Delhi, complete with web cams. The cameras allowed researchers to observe children’s curiosity about and subsequent use of the computers. Even children who could not read quickly began navigating the web! Aside from teaching themselves skills their parents typically don’t have, the children have to learn to cooperate and share these public computers. See more at his website.
Veldhoen, Lex. (2007, January/February). “Pulling themselves up by their keyboards.” Ode: 38-41