Global SOLE Event: Freedom City 2017

Become part of our Biggest Ever Big Question on Martin Luther King Day 2017 (16th January 2017)

On Monday 16th January, children in schools, community centres and other organisations are invited to answer a special Big Question posed by Professor Sugata Mitra to commemorate Martin Luther King Day, as part of Freedom City 2017. Along with people all over the world, you will have the opportunity to engage with Dr King’s ideas and form your own response to the Big Question – exploring the themes of connectivity and King’s legacy within an increasingly global society. Continue reading

Happy 3rd Birthday to the first TED lab!

Happy 3rd birthday George Stephenson TED Lab! Time has flown by since the first SOLE research lab opened all those years ago.

We catch up with them in this great video (the lab appears at 2:39mins in, but before and after that there’s the bonus of Sugata Mitra and the Granny Cloud’s Jackie Barrow.) It’s a clip from Pierre Chassa’s 2016 documentary School of the Future, kindly reproduced with permission from Update Productions.

Something’s changed…

If you’re new to School in the Cloud then you won’t need to read this post, but if you’ve landed and gone ‘Whoa! This looks different…’ then don’t panic! We’ve had a bit of a makeover but hopefully you’ll still find everything you need to support your SOLE journey.

You might notice there are a few things we’ve had to drop, such as the option to launch your SOLE session from the site. Feedback from users suggested that although the countdown was useful, as was the ability to put the Big Question up on the screen, it wasn’t essential. We also found children were happiest using Google to search externally.

The Granny Cloud will also have a new website soon, dedicated to this amazing group of volunteer e-mediators, but in the meantime, if you want to apply to be a Granny, please do visit their page on this site.

One of the aims of School in the Cloud is to not only support and inspire the educational community, but also to put you in touch with each other, so please do sign up to Join Our Community (your old login will no longer work – sorry!). We’re working on creating another community online forum where registered community members can connect with each other. There are already many classrooms linking up across continents to run SOLEs together and we’d love to help facilitate more. Feel free to reach out to the community via social media for now.

We hope you enjoy visiting our new site – there are literally 100s of Big Questions and dozens of inspirational blogs to choose from, along with helpful ‘how to’ guides to make your SOLE run as smoothly as possible (but obviously still with a fair amount of ‘learning at the edge of chaos’ for good measure!)

The Granny Cloud

Apply to Be a Granny

The Granny Cloud consists of 100+ dedicated volunteers from around the world who Skype into remote locations to chat with children.

By encouraging rather than giving outright instruction, they guide students on their SOLE adventures. Don’t be fooled by the name – you don’t need to be an actual granny to be a part of the Granny Cloud. Grannies currently range in age from 24 to 78, and are both male and female. What they all share is a universal “grandmother approach” to education. By providing unconditional encouragement, Grannies create an environment where children can thrive.

If you would like to find out more about The Granny Cloud, please visit the Granny Cloud website.


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