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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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Numbers: What are they?


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What are numbers?

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What are numbers?

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Maths | Numbers | Numeracy

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Abacus


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What problems can you solve with an abacus?

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What problems can you solve with an abacus?

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Abacus | Computer Engineering | Maths

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Time: When did it start?


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When did time begin?

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When did time begin?

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Bicycle Wheel Spokes


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Why do bicycle wheels have spokes?

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Why do bicycle wheels have spokes?

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Bicycles | Maths | Physics | Wheel Spokes | Wheels

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Maths: International System


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In mathematics, why does the international system start from left to right?

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In mathematics, why does the international system start from left to right?

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Size and Weight of Earth


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How can we measure the size and weight of the Earth?

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How can we measure the size and weight of the Earth?

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Earth | Maths | Measurement | Size | Weight

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Life and Maths


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Why do we need maths in our lives?

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Why do we need maths in our lives?

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Life | Maths

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Learning and Teaching of Maths


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What would learning and teaching of mathematics look like without tests?

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What would learning and teaching of mathematics look like without tests?

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Education | Exams | Learning | Maths | Teaching

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Maps


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Why do people use maps?

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First Numbers


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When were numbers first written down?

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Graphs


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How do graphs help us see data quickly?

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How do graphs help us see data quickly?

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Calculators


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How does a calculator calculate?

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How does a calculator calculate?

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Music Lessons


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Why do music lessons help math ability?

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Why do music lessons help math ability?

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Speed of the Internet


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Can you measure the speed of internet with a formula for speed as in regular physics?

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Can you measure the speed of internet with a formula for speed as in regular physics?

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Internet | Maths | Measurement | Speed | Technology

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Computer Problem Solving


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What is the hardest problem that a computer could ever be used to solve?

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What is the hardest problem that a computer could ever be used to solve?

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AI | Artifical Intelligence | Computer Science | Computers | Maths

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60 Minutes, 24 Hours, 7 Days?


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Why are there 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day, and 7 days in a week?

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Why are there 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day, and 7 days in a week?

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Ancient Civilisations | Astronomy | Civilisations | Maths | Time

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Solving Equations


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How to solve an equation?

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How to solve an equation?

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Problems


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What is a “problem”?

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What is a “problem”?

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Infinite Numbers


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Why are numbers infinite?

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Why are numbers infinite?

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A testing time for students


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  Location: Newton Aycliffe



How do you tell one quantum particle from another? No, it’s not a bad joke, it’s a question posed to the Engine Heads at Greenfield Community College.

Seventeen-year-old Harry Crawley was shadowing Sugata Mitra for a day to find out more about SOLEs. He’s currently studying maths, further maths, physics and Spanish and his questions certainly had this group of 14-year-olds scratching their heads.

The scientific challenges he devised were based on A level questions normally tackled by students four years older.

“They found it quite difficult as it was quite a bizarre experience,

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How do you tell one quantum particle from another? No, it’s not a bad joke, it’s a question posed to the Engine Heads at Greenfield Community College.

Seventeen-year-old Harry Crawley was shadowing Sugata Mitra for a day to find out more about SOLEs. He’s currently studying maths, further maths, physics and Spanish and his questions certainly had this group of 14-year-olds scratching their heads.

The scientific challenges he devised were based on A level questions normally tackled by students four years older.

“They found it quite difficult as it was quite a bizarre experience, unlike anything they normally do in a SOLE,” says Katy Milne, Director of Arts and Creativity. “They were given the Big Questions to explore SOLE-style in groups but had to answer it on their own as if they were taking an exam.”

It was all part of Sugata’s plan to illustrate how the examination system could be changed to better suit the needs of students and their future employers. He argues that the current exams do little other than test their ability to retain facts, which fails to prepare them adequately for today’s workplaces.

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Visiting journalist Joseph Lee from the TES, a weekly UK publication aimed primarily at school teachers in the UK, sat in on the Greenfield SOLE. He wrote a feature for the TES earlier this month about Sugata’s research which showed that eight-year-olds could answer exam questions seven years ahead of their age group if they worked together using the Internet.

Pupils from nearby Byerley Park Primary School have also been taking part in SOLEs in Greenfield’s Room 13 several times a term since January. Katy has noticed that regular sessions with these 10-year-olds have already resulted in some interesting developments.

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Greenfield Arts | Inventions | Maths | Physics | Quantum Mechanics | Quantum Particle | Spanish | TED Prize | TES | Victorians

got_sole_feature So you think you've got SOLE? Sugata Mitra explains the science behind it

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So you think you've got SOLE? Sugata Mitra explains the science behind it


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  Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne



Sugata recently appeared on BBC World Service’s The Forum programme to talk about SOLEs and his idea for school exams in the future. We thought you might like to hear some of what was discussed on this blog.

“It’s important to understand the sense in which I use the word ‘self organising system’,” says Sugata. “It’s not organisation of the self. I find increasingly that people mix it up with self-regulated or self-directed learning and that’s not what I’m talking about.

“A self organising system is basically a concept that comes out of maths and physics which is that if you allow a system to be chaotic then,

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Sugata recently appeared on BBC World Service’s The Forum programme to talk about SOLEs and his idea for school exams in the future. We thought you might like to hear some of what was discussed on this blog.

“It’s important to understand the sense in which I use the word ‘self organising system’,” says Sugata. “It’s not organisation of the self. I find increasingly that people mix it up with self-regulated or self-directed learning and that’s not what I’m talking about.

“A self organising system is basically a concept that comes out of maths and physics which is that if you allow a system to be chaotic then, under certain circumstances, you get spontaneous order.

“I think I’ve seen that happen with children quite accidentally; initially I had not a clue that was what was happening. Yet over the last 15 years, in instance after instance, I’ve seen groups of children who simply don’t know any English confronted with the internet in English and making sense of what they see.”

Sugata also talked to BBC host Bridget Kendall about how hole-in-the-wall developed into School in the Cloud in a way that would not have been possible before the Internet, and how it has changed the way children learn.

“When a group reads together they somehow read at much higher levels of comprehension than an individual child,” he explains. “This was not something I’d seen before. The limitations of reading in print means you can’t easily read the same book at the same time in a group, but you can on screen.

“We’ve seen instant amplification of comprehension – as soon as one stumbles, another one steps in to help, creating this spontaneous order.”

Sugata says that this instantaneous feedback from peers,

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