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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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Social Innovation


  Author - Sarah Cossom



How many forms of social innovation can you find in your own back yard?

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How many forms of social innovation can you find in your own back yard?

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Innovation | Responsibility | Social Science | Social Studies | Sociology

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Robots: When they do jobs we don't like


  Author - Sarah Cossom



When robots will be able to do all jobs we do not like, what will be our way to live and work?

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When robots will be able to do all jobs we do not like, what will be our way to live and work?

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Employment | Jobs | Life | Robots | Social Science | Social Studies | Society | Technology | The Future | Work

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Prisons without Walls


  Author - Sarah Cossom



What if prisons had no walls?

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What if prisons had no walls?

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Law | Law and Order | Prison | Social Science | Social Studies

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Learning from Other Cultures


  Author - Sarah Cossom



How can learning about other cultures help our society?

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How can learning about other cultures help our society?

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Culture | Education | Learning | Science | Social Science | Sociology

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Drought


  Author - Sarah Cossom



What accomodations do societies make during periods of drought?

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What accomodations do societies make during periods of drought?

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Climate | Drought | Environment | Social Science | Society | Sociology | Weather

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Geographic Regions


  Author - Sarah Cossom



How does the geographic region of where you live affect you?

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How does the geographic region of where you live affect you?

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Geography | Science | Social Science | Social Studies

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Living to 500 Years Old


  Author - Sarah Cossom



How would society change if we could live to 500 years old?

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How would society change if we could live to 500 years old?

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Biology | Life | Philosophy | Social Science | Social Studies | Society

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Manners


  Author - Sarah Cossom



Why do we have manners?

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Why do we have manners?

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Civilisations | Communication | Human Behaviour | Social Science

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How communication changed our lives


  Author - Sarah Cossom



How did each big advancement in communication change our lives?

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How did each big advancement in communication change our lives?

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Communication | Social Science | Technology

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Mayan Civilisation


  Author - Sarah Cossom



What would life be like if you were part of the ancient Mayan Civilization?

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What would life be like if you were part of the ancient Mayan Civilization?

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Civilisations | Mayan | Social Science | Social Studies

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Leaders


  Author - Sarah Cossom



Do we need leaders? Why?

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Do we need leaders? Why?

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History | Leadership | Social Science

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SOLE NYC

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SOLE NYC

It takes a village to raise a SOLE


  Author - Sarah Cossom

  Partner(s) - SOLE NYC

  Location: New York City



SOLE NYC in Harlem has got its work cut out. Simply introducing the concept of self organised learning is a challenge in most schools, but at John B. Russwurm PS 197M they are also using it to engage particularly hard-to-reach students.

“I didn’t want to do this in a school where everyone was doing ok – I wanted to do it here because I knew it could make a real difference,” says Natalia Arredondo, who is the driving force behind SOLE NYC and is overseeing the research into reading comprehension, social skills and how young students navigate Big Questions.

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SOLE NYC in Harlem has got its work cut out. Simply introducing the concept of self organised learning is a challenge in most schools, but at John B. Russwurm PS 197M they are also using it to engage particularly hard-to-reach students.

“I didn’t want to do this in a school where everyone was doing ok – I wanted to do it here because I knew it could make a real difference,” says Natalia Arredondo, who is the driving force behind SOLE NYC and is overseeing the research into reading comprehension, social skills and how young students navigate Big Questions.

Professor Sugata Mitra officially opened SOLE NYC on 14 October 2015 as the first dedicated American SOLE research lab. It joins five other labs in India and two in the UK that have all been created as part of his 2013 TED Prize wish to build a School in the Cloud.

New York’s schools are the most segregated in the whole of the USA, with students divided not only by race, but also by socio-economic status. SOLE NYC is in a high poverty and low income area, where most families live on well under $25,000 a year.

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Most of PS 197M’s students come from less well-off African American families, along with those from Hispanic and Asian backgrounds. “Some kids have difficult home lives,” explains Natalia. “This can have a knock-on effect on behavioural issues and make it difficult for them to engage in class.”

Natalia sees her role as SOLE lab co-ordinator as also part counsellor, trying to talk to the students to see what’s going on and offer a bit of stability in their lives.

This SOLE lab, which is being funded through Newcastle University’s SOLE Central,

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Human Behaviour | Learning | Social Science