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School in the Cloud is learning at the edge of chaos; a place to come together to discover and explore self-organised learning (SOLE).


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A great Big Question will get your SOLE off to a flying start, but deciding what to ask is the hardest part! Children love questions with no easy answer.


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iPad: How does it know its location?


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How does an iPad know where it is?

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How does an iPad know where it is?

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Computers | Digital Technology | iPad | Location | Technology

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Email: How are they sent?


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How does an email travel from one device to another?

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How does an email travel from one device to another?

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Computer Science | Digital Technology | Email | Physics | Science | Technology

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More Technology: Would education be different?


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How would education be different if we added more technology?

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How would education be different if we added more technology?

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Digital Technology | Education | Education Technology | Learning | Technology

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Internet: Open, Free, Protected


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How can you maintain our open and free Internet, yet at the same time protect users from abusive or harmful content?

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How can you maintain our open and free Internet, yet at the same time protect users from abusive or harmful content?

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Living Alone with Technology


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Can people remain happy living alone with their technological gadgets e.g. robots, tablets etc.?

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Can people remain happy living alone with their technological gadgets e.g. robots, tablets etc.?

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Digital Technology | Life Science | People | Robots | Social Studies | Sociology | Technology

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Social Media: Deeper relationships?


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Does social media deepen our relationships with the people around us?

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Does social media deepen our relationships with the people around us?

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School in the Cloud: Working in Rural Areas


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How Could School in the Cloud be made to work for the most remote rural areas that have no mains electricity or broadband?

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How Could School in the Cloud be made to work for the most remote rural areas that have no mains electricity or broadband?

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Broadband | Digital Technology | Education | Electricity | Innovation | Internet | Poverty | Rural Communities | School in the Cloud | SOLE

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Internet - how it works


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How does the internet work?

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Artifical Intelligence


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If computers became more clever than people, would that be a good thing or a bad thing?

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If computers became more clever than people, would that be a good thing or a bad thing?

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iPhone and Harvesting of Wheat in Iran


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How did the harvesting of wheat in Iran 11,000 years ago lead to the creation of an I phone in California?

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How did the harvesting of wheat in Iran 11,000 years ago lead to the creation of an I phone in California?

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Email


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What is an email and how does it work?

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What is an email and how does it work?

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Learning with technology


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How far does technology help us learn better?

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How far does technology help us learn better?

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Addictive Video Games


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Why are video games so adictive?

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Why are video games so adictive?

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Digital Natives


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How will digital natives challenge and transform the status quo?

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How will digital natives challenge and transform the status quo?

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SOLE comes naturally to six-year-olds in India


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Non-digital natives never cease to be amazed at how quickly small children learn to interact with technology, especially since many of us hadn’t even encountered computers until we were in our teens or older.

And at Area 4 Phaltan SOLE lab in India researchers are seeing first hand just how naturally this comes to very young children just six and seven-years-old.

Phaltan is an important research centre for SOLE. It is one of two School in the Cloud labs created inside a school and here Grades 1 to 7 are all involved in self-organized learning. Not only did the children help design the lab,

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Non-digital natives never cease to be amazed at how quickly small children learn to interact with technology, especially since many of us hadn’t even encountered computers until we were in our teens or older.

And at Area 4 Phaltan SOLE lab in India researchers are seeing first hand just how naturally this comes to very young children just six and seven-years-old.

Phaltan is an important research centre for SOLE. It is one of two School in the Cloud labs created inside a school and here Grades 1 to 7 are all involved in self-organized learning. Not only did the children help design the lab, they also take responsibility for it and have participated in many different kinds of ‘experiments’, including connecting with George Stephenson High School in the UK for joint SOLE sessions.

A key focus of research at this lab is to see what happens with the younger children. While early intervention is effective in most educational circumstances, School in the Cloud research director Dr Suneeta Kulkarni and one of the grannies, Prasanna Hulikavi, (now on a break to work on her doctoral research) were particularly keen to see how SOLE would impact Grades 1 and 2.

“We realized straight away that they had none of the inhibitions of the older children,” explains Suneeta. “From their very first day in the lab they just rushed to the computers to try them out – they had no worries about breaking anything or doing it wrong. The teachers were amazed how quickly found Google and began searching without anyone telling them anything.”

Suneeta told me how the teachers at A4 Phaltan have embraced SOLE even though they don’t completely understand it, instinctively recognising that it’s working for the children. “There was one teacher who was very strongly against it and was very angry with me the first time we welcomed the children to the lab and told him he should ‘stay away’,” explains Suneeta.

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It's time to ask SOLE-searching questions


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SOLE researchers are getting ready to ‘hack’ the largest education research conference in the UK.

As far as we know, this is the first time that self organized learning has been integrated in this way and it’s likely to come as a bit of a surprise to many delegates at the BERA (British Educational Research Association) conference in Northern Ireland this week.

Gone will be the traditional conference set-up of an attentive audience listening to an authoritative speaker, replaced instead with an audience-led exploration of the technology/pedagogy divide.

Getting down with the kids: a self organized conference session is being led by SOLE Central research fellow Dr Anne Preston.


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SOLE researchers are getting ready to ‘hack’ the largest education research conference in the UK.

As far as we know, this is the first time that self organized learning has been integrated in this way and it’s likely to come as a bit of a surprise to many delegates at the BERA (British Educational Research Association) conference in Northern Ireland this week.

Gone will be the traditional conference set-up of an attentive audience listening to an authoritative speaker, replaced instead with an audience-led exploration of the technology/pedagogy divide.

Getting down with the kids: a self organized conference session is being led by SOLE Central research fellow Dr Anne Preston.
 Participants will be choosing one of three Big Questions put forward on social media in the lead up to the conference. “Who knows what might happen?” says Anne. “It’s likely, in true SOLE style, to descend into total chaos for a while, but hopefully something meaningful will emerge by the end of it all.”

The idea for this session originally stemmed from the reaction to a keynote given by Sugata Mitra last year at the IATEFL conference. Many English language teaching professionals in the audience notoriously walked out when he suggested that in future teaching would be redundant.

“While we have readily embraced most of what the Internet has to offer with hardly a murmur of dissent, when someone suggests it can also be used to help children teach themselves, it causes a lot of soul searching (no pun intended!) from a fair few educationalists,” says Anne.

So who is right and who is wrong? The indignant teachers or the professor who leads SOLE Central at Newcastle University, a team dedicated to bringing together researchers,

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BERA | Digital Technology | Education | Language | Pedagogy | Technology