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Adriana Santamaria P

Organisation: SOLE Colombia

Adriana is a communication designer, visual thinker and entrepreneur that believes in empowering people to take ideas into social actions. By approaching every opportunity as a design challenge she has structured roadmaps that integrate users,

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Amy-Leigh Hope

Amy-Leigh Hope

Organisation: George Stephenson High School

Amy-Leigh Hope is Curriculum Leader for Design Technology and Art at George Stephenson High School in Killingworth, Newcastle. Amy has been teaching for sixteen years,

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Brett Millott

Brett Millott

Organisation: SOLE Australia Network

Brett is a primary school principal in Melbourne, Australia. With his colleague Paul Kenna, they have collaborated in SOLE action research in their schools since 2010,

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Christos Sotiropoulos

Christos Sotiropoulos

Organisation: Sotiropoulos English Language School

Christos has been teaching English since 1993 in a small village 30 km from Chania in Crete, Greece. He started with 30 students in a private school and now teaches English to about 100 students from K-3 to K-12.

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Emma Crawley

Organisation: St. Aidan’s Church of England Primary School

Emma is a primary school teacher from the North East of England. She began using SOLE in the classroom as early as 2009 when she and Sugata Mitra first met.

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Felipe Spath

Organisation: SOLE Colombia

Felipe works in production and logistics with SOLE Colombia. He is an anthropologist with vast experience in the corporate world leading companies in the food sector in Colombia,

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Helen Moyer

Helen Moyer

Organisation: Willaston Primary School, Isle of Man

Helen has been using SOLE in her school on the Isle of Man to build on the Learning to Learn language that is embedded across the school.

Read more  
Hope Fuss

Hope Fuss

Organisation: Rockland Woods Elementary School

Hope’s interest in SOLE was sparked through her doctoral work when a professor showed Sugata Mitra’s TED talk as part of an assignment.

Read more  
Jane Yates

Jane Yates

Organisation: Armathwaite Community Primary School

I stumbled across the concept of a SOLE at Greenfields Community School in County Durham while I was running a Philosophy for Children(P4C) course for local teachers. 

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Javier Bronchalo

Javier Bronchalo

Organisation: SOLE Spain

Javier Bronchalo is Project Coordinator at Knowledge Constructors and SOLE Spain. He is passionate about education with more than 18 years experience. He is enthusiastic about the idea of the learner as a social constructor of knowledge: the idea that learners achieve more through the active acquisition of information in groups,

Read more  
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Jenn Casey

Organisation: SOLE for Georgia Homeschoolers

Jenn is a homeschooling mom of three kids, ages 8, 11 and 14. Their homeschooling approach has changed over the years, and they now consider themselves “unschoolers”

Read more  
Joe Jamison

Joe Jamison

Organisation: Pencils of Promise

Joe is the Pedagogy Innovation Specialist at Pencils of Promise, an innovative “for purpose” nonprofit organisation providing quality education in the developing world. He has over 16 years of experience in education,

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Juan Pablo Calderón

Organisation: SOLE Colombia

Juan works with the SOLE Colombia community and technology. He is an educator, activist, hacker and maker. He is co-founder of Bogohack, a cutting-edge 3D printing open source hardware company.

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Lehla Eldridge

Organisation: www.unschoolingthekids.com

Lehla is a home educator who regularly made use of SOLE projects when her children were being homeschooled. They are now ‘unschooling’ and their lives are one big SOLE!

Read more  
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Mabel Quiroga

Organisation: SOLE Argentina

Mabel is an English teacher and education specialist. She has worked with Dr. Mitra and his team in different minimally invasive education and SOLE projects for more than ten years.

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Mariano Lopata

Organisation: SOLE Argentina

Mariano is a psychologist and scientific research methodology specialist. He is also a university teacher and SOLE practitioner and researcher. As a founding member of SOLE Argentina he has participated,

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Natalia Arredondo

Natalia Arredondo

Organisation: SOLE NYC

Natalia Arredondo is currently undertaking her PhD studies in SOLE. While collecting data for her project, Natalia opened the first SOLE laboratory in America. She is currently the coordinator of SOLE NYC in Harlem,

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Nic Arbs

Nic Arb

Nic loves technology, computing, Android, electronic mapping, and GPS. She is a member of the Granny Cloud network.

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Oscar O'Farrill

Organisation: SOLE México

Oscar is a psychologist who has been experimenting with SOLE since 2013. Initially based in a community centre in Tres Marías, Morelos, SOLE has also been implemented by Oscar in different scenarios such as public and private schools for elementary and secondary students,

Read more  
Paul Kenna

Paul Kenna

Organisation: SOLE Australia Network

Paul is the Principal of Belle Vue Park Primary School in Melbourne, Australia. With his colleague Brett Millot, he has collaborated in SOLE action research in his school since 2010,

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Poonam Thakur

Organisation: SOLE Dallas Montessori Education

Poonam is a certified Montessori teacher and experimenting with homeschooling approach over the years.

Poonam believes that the advantages of the SOLE process for the kids as self-learning and work collaboratively in groups,

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Rick Panis

Rick Pasin

Organisation: My Education Room

Having spent over eighteen years as an instructor, department head and director of operations and academics in post-secondary institutions Rick saw first-hand the powerful influence of self-organized/flipped classroom learning environments.

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Ritu Sehji

Ritu Sehji

Organisation: Westlake Boys High School

Ritu is currently the Head of Food Technology at Westlake Boys High School. She is an author, a recipient of the Endeavour Teacher Fellowship award managed by Royal Society of New Zealand and has recently finished study at The MindLab following a Next Generation scholarship she received in 2015.

Read more  
Rondeen McLean

Rondeen McLean

Organisation: The Literary Genius Foundation

Over the course of her thirteen-year career in the United States, Rondeen McLean never forgot her roots in Jamaica and often thought of returning.

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Salahuddin Khawaja

Organisation: Khud

Salah spent 15+ years in the financial sector in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Initially 11+ years as a management consultant with Deloitte. He then moved to J.P.

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Sanjay Fernandes

Organisation: SOLE Colombia

Sanjay is the Director of SOLE Colombia. He is an economist, interaction designer, educator and electronic musician. He majored in economics with a minor in arts at the Andes University to later become an art professor in the Education Master’s program of the same university.

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Sarah Leonard

Sarah is an experienced teacher who has been successfully using the SOLE approach across the 7-11 age range. Sarah has taught in a variety of settings from inner city London to a town primary school.

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Sebastián Cuervo

Organisation: SOLE Colombia

Sebastián describes himself as an Internet Sociotechnologist. He is an Earlham College Human Development and Social Relations scholar, currently working as a digital culture and community maker consultant.

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Sophie Lewis

Organisation: Greenfield Arts

I have been the Arts and Community Centre Coordinator for Greenfield Arts for one year now and in that time I have seen a vast selection of SOLE sessions,

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Yolanda Vergara Sarmiento

Yolanda is a technology teacher at San Jose de Monterrico School. She discovered her vocation for teaching as a student, when she was teaching technology classes at a primary school.

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Adriana Santamaria P

Colombia


Organisation: SOLE Colombia

Adriana is a communication designer, visual thinker and entrepreneur that believes in empowering people to take ideas into social actions. By approaching every opportunity as a design challenge she has structured roadmaps that integrate users, objects and environments to social driven and organizational purposes for clients like: UNICEF, UNDP, Google Colombia, TEDx, TED-Ed, Colombia’s Ministry of Education and Ministry of IT, and Bogotá’s Chamber of Commerce, among others.

Organisation: SOLE Colombia

Adriana is a communication designer, visual thinker and entrepreneur that believes in empowering people to take ideas into social actions. By approaching every opportunity as a design challenge she has structured roadmaps that integrate users, objects and environments to social driven and organizational purposes for clients like: UNICEF, UNDP, Google Colombia, TEDx, TED-Ed, Colombia’s Ministry of Education and Ministry of IT, and Bogotá’s Chamber of Commerce, among others.

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Amy-Leigh Hope

United Kingdom


Organisation: George Stephenson High School

Amy-Leigh Hope is Curriculum Leader for Design Technology and Art at George Stephenson High School in Killingworth, Newcastle. Amy has been teaching for sixteen years, of which six have been at this local high school.

Amy’s interest in SOLE started five years ago after a whole school assembly on the ‘Hole in the Wall Project’ and the work of Sugata Mitra. Following this, and after reading about Sugata’s work, Amy started trying out SOLE in her own classroom and sharing her results with Sugata and Newcastle University.

Organisation: George Stephenson High School

Amy-Leigh Hope is Curriculum Leader for Design Technology and Art at George Stephenson High School in Killingworth, Newcastle. Amy has been teaching for sixteen years, of which six have been at this local high school.

Amy’s interest in SOLE started five years ago after a whole school assembly on the ‘Hole in the Wall Project’ and the work of Sugata Mitra. Following this, and after reading about Sugata’s work, Amy started trying out SOLE in her own classroom and sharing her results with Sugata and Newcastle University.

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Brett Millott

Australia


Organisation: SOLE Australia Network

Brett is a primary school principal in Melbourne, Australia. With his colleague Paul Kenna, they have collaborated in SOLE action research in their schools since 2010, working closely with Professor Sugata Mitra and associates from the University of Newcastle, UK.

Brett is the Principal of Aberfeldie Primary School, which can be best described as a middle Australia school. The school is multi-cultural with no group being greatly over represented than any other group.

Organisation: SOLE Australia Network

Brett is a primary school principal in Melbourne, Australia. With his colleague Paul Kenna, they have collaborated in SOLE action research in their schools since 2010, working closely with Professor Sugata Mitra and associates from the University of Newcastle, UK.

Brett is the Principal of Aberfeldie Primary School, which can be best described as a middle Australia school. The school is multi-cultural with no group being greatly over represented than any other group.

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Christos Sotiropoulos

Greece


Organisation: Sotiropoulos English Language School

Christos has been teaching English since 1993 in a small village 30 km from Chania in Crete, Greece. He started with 30 students in a private school and now teaches English to about 100 students from K-3 to K-12. Christos has always tried to involve his students in international projects so as to open a window to the world for them. An opportunity to answer the “Freedom City 2017 Big Question” by Sugata Mitra on Martin Luther King Day is what made the SOLE project finally kick-off in the small village at the root of the White Mountains.

Organisation: Sotiropoulos English Language School

Christos has been teaching English since 1993 in a small village 30 km from Chania in Crete, Greece. He started with 30 students in a private school and now teaches English to about 100 students from K-3 to K-12. Christos has always tried to involve his students in international projects so as to open a window to the world for them. An opportunity to answer the “Freedom City 2017 Big Question” by Sugata Mitra on Martin Luther King Day is what made the SOLE project finally kick-off in the small village at the root of the White Mountains.

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Emma Crawley

United Kingdom


Organisation: St. Aidan’s Church of England Primary School

Emma is a primary school teacher from the North East of England. She began using SOLE in the classroom as early as 2009 when she and Sugata Mitra first met. They began by setting GCSE and A Level questions to a class of nine year olds and were amazed by the results. These experiments were reported in the Journal of Education and Human Development.

As a result of these activities, the idea of SOLE was developed in Emma’s classroom and they began to spread the word to teachers in other schools.

Organisation: St. Aidan’s Church of England Primary School

Emma is a primary school teacher from the North East of England. She began using SOLE in the classroom as early as 2009 when she and Sugata Mitra first met. They began by setting GCSE and A Level questions to a class of nine year olds and were amazed by the results. These experiments were reported in the Journal of Education and Human Development.

As a result of these activities, the idea of SOLE was developed in Emma’s classroom and they began to spread the word to teachers in other schools.

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Felipe Spath

Colombia


Organisation: SOLE Colombia

Felipe works in production and logistics with SOLE Colombia. He is an anthropologist with vast experience in the corporate world leading companies in the food sector in Colombia, Ecuador and the United States of America. After several years living in rural communities in Asia and gathering knowledge from traditional teachers he returned to Colombia and created La Juanita Finca verde. This platform of rural transformation combines knowledge and millenary traditions with technologies and innovative developments. La Juanita Finca Verde has become a model for rural social innovation by creating balanced relationships in terms of environment,

Organisation: SOLE Colombia

Felipe works in production and logistics with SOLE Colombia. He is an anthropologist with vast experience in the corporate world leading companies in the food sector in Colombia, Ecuador and the United States of America. After several years living in rural communities in Asia and gathering knowledge from traditional teachers he returned to Colombia and created La Juanita Finca verde. This platform of rural transformation combines knowledge and millenary traditions with technologies and innovative developments. La Juanita Finca Verde has become a model for rural social innovation by creating balanced relationships in terms of environment, culture and society.

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Colombia

Helen Moyer

Isle of Man


Organisation: Willaston Primary School, Isle of Man

Helen has been using SOLE in her school on the Isle of Man to build on the Learning to Learn language that is embedded across the school. This journey has taken over 4 years but now means that children can talk about their learning habits confidently to help them move their learning on. So, building on this language, Helen was searching for a method for children to experience deeper learning that would be both personal and inviting, something that SOLE enables.

Organisation: Willaston Primary School, Isle of Man

Helen has been using SOLE in her school on the Isle of Man to build on the Learning to Learn language that is embedded across the school. This journey has taken over 4 years but now means that children can talk about their learning habits confidently to help them move their learning on. So, building on this language, Helen was searching for a method for children to experience deeper learning that would be both personal and inviting, something that SOLE enables.

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Hope Fuss

United States


Organisation: Rockland Woods Elementary School

Hope’s interest in SOLE was sparked through her doctoral work when a professor showed Sugata Mitra’s TED talk as part of an assignment. Hope has been an educator for 18 years. She taught middle school science for eight years before going into educational administration. She brought the SOLE concept into her vision as a way to break down the barriers of age=grade in traditional schooling. She implemented a SOLE time every day in her elementary school for all third, fourth, and fifth grade students at the end of the school day. She is passionate about creating a new model of schooling that works for students in the digital age and believes that SOLEs are authentic learning experiences that should be a part of the plan!

Organisation: Rockland Woods Elementary School

Hope’s interest in SOLE was sparked through her doctoral work when a professor showed Sugata Mitra’s TED talk as part of an assignment. Hope has been an educator for 18 years. She taught middle school science for eight years before going into educational administration. She brought the SOLE concept into her vision as a way to break down the barriers of age=grade in traditional schooling. She implemented a SOLE time every day in her elementary school for all third, fourth, and fifth grade students at the end of the school day. She is passionate about creating a new model of schooling that works for students in the digital age and believes that SOLEs are authentic learning experiences that should be a part of the plan!

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United States

Jane Yates

United Kingdom


Organisation: Armathwaite Community Primary School

I stumbled across the concept of a SOLE at Greenfields Community School in County Durham while I was running a Philosophy for Children(P4C) course for local teachers.  Curious by the ‘School in the Cloud’ design of the classroom, where the training was held, I immediately googled everything I could on my return home that evening. As someone with a strong belief in the potential for questions to be at the heart of learning, I was hooked. Since then, I have been trying out the use of SOLE in my own classroom with Year 5 and 6 children.

Organisation: Armathwaite Community Primary School

I stumbled across the concept of a SOLE at Greenfields Community School in County Durham while I was running a Philosophy for Children(P4C) course for local teachers.  Curious by the ‘School in the Cloud’ design of the classroom, where the training was held, I immediately googled everything I could on my return home that evening. As someone with a strong belief in the potential for questions to be at the heart of learning, I was hooked. Since then, I have been trying out the use of SOLE in my own classroom with Year 5 and 6 children.

Read more

United Kingdom

Javier Bronchalo

Spain


Organisation: SOLE Spain

Javier Bronchalo is Project Coordinator at Knowledge Constructors and SOLE Spain. He is passionate about education with more than 18 years experience. He is enthusiastic about the idea of the learner as a social constructor of knowledge: the idea that learners achieve more through the active acquisition of information in groups, through peer support, inner motivation, self-directed learning and through participating in a community based on equality and mutual respect.

Organisation: SOLE Spain

Javier Bronchalo is Project Coordinator at Knowledge Constructors and SOLE Spain. He is passionate about education with more than 18 years experience. He is enthusiastic about the idea of the learner as a social constructor of knowledge: the idea that learners achieve more through the active acquisition of information in groups, through peer support, inner motivation, self-directed learning and through participating in a community based on equality and mutual respect.

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Spain

Jenn Casey

United States


Organisation: SOLE for Georgia Homeschoolers

Jenn is a homeschooling mom of three kids, ages 8, 11 and 14. Their homeschooling approach has changed over the years, and they now consider themselves “unschoolers”

Jenn discovered SOLE via the 2013 TED Talk by Sugata Mitra and was inspired to bring SOLE to her local homeschool co-op. She facilitated her first SOLE in August 2013 and hasn’t stopped since.

Organisation: SOLE for Georgia Homeschoolers

Jenn is a homeschooling mom of three kids, ages 8, 11 and 14. Their homeschooling approach has changed over the years, and they now consider themselves “unschoolers”

Jenn discovered SOLE via the 2013 TED Talk by Sugata Mitra and was inspired to bring SOLE to her local homeschool co-op. She facilitated her first SOLE in August 2013 and hasn’t stopped since.

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United States

Joe Jamison

United States


Organisation: Pencils of Promise

Joe is the Pedagogy Innovation Specialist at Pencils of Promise, an innovative “for purpose” nonprofit organisation providing quality education in the developing world. He has over 16 years of experience in education, focused on implementing highly effective institutional practices to improve student learning and academic performance.

Organisation: Pencils of Promise

Joe is the Pedagogy Innovation Specialist at Pencils of Promise, an innovative “for purpose” nonprofit organisation providing quality education in the developing world. He has over 16 years of experience in education, focused on implementing highly effective institutional practices to improve student learning and academic performance.

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United States

Juan Pablo Calderón

Colombia


Organisation: SOLE Colombia

Juan works with the SOLE Colombia community and technology. He is an educator, activist, hacker and maker. He is co-founder of Bogohack, a cutting-edge 3D printing open source hardware company.

He is the founder of Yo Pagué un Soborno, an initiative that studies corruption through anonymous reports. Organizer of Kids Hack Day Bogotá, a movement to empower children with technological creativity. He is a member of the H(app)athon committee where he studies happiness. He developed a research project working on subjects such as happiness and corruption at the National Consulting Services Center. He has been an organizer of several TEDx events in Colombia including TEDxCeiba TEDxBogotá and TEDxGuatavita

Organisation: SOLE Colombia

Juan works with the SOLE Colombia community and technology. He is an educator, activist, hacker and maker. He is co-founder of Bogohack, a cutting-edge 3D printing open source hardware company.

He is the founder of Yo Pagué un Soborno, an initiative that studies corruption through anonymous reports. Organizer of Kids Hack Day Bogotá, a movement to empower children with technological creativity. He is a member of the H(app)athon committee where he studies happiness. He developed a research project working on subjects such as happiness and corruption at the National Consulting Services Center. He has been an organizer of several TEDx events in Colombia including TEDxCeiba TEDxBogotá and TEDxGuatavita

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Colombia

Lehla Eldridge

Spain


Organisation: www.unschoolingthekids.com

Lehla is a home educator who regularly made use of SOLE projects when her children were being homeschooled. They are now ‘unschooling’ and their lives are one big SOLE!

Organisation: www.unschoolingthekids.com

Lehla is a home educator who regularly made use of SOLE projects when her children were being homeschooled. They are now ‘unschooling’ and their lives are one big SOLE!

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Spain

Mabel Quiroga

Argentina


Organisation: SOLE Argentina

Mabel is an English teacher and education specialist. She has worked with Dr. Mitra and his team in different minimally invasive education and SOLE projects for more than ten years. Back in 2009 she helped set up the SOLE – SOME project and conducted a number of Skype Sessions across several School in the Cloud Labs in India. In 2013 she founded SOLE Argentina and has since then been working on SOLE-related projects: One-year pilot program in a government school in the city of Buenos Aires and training workshops for teachers around the country.

Organisation: SOLE Argentina

Mabel is an English teacher and education specialist. She has worked with Dr. Mitra and his team in different minimally invasive education and SOLE projects for more than ten years. Back in 2009 she helped set up the SOLE – SOME project and conducted a number of Skype Sessions across several School in the Cloud Labs in India. In 2013 she founded SOLE Argentina and has since then been working on SOLE-related projects: One-year pilot program in a government school in the city of Buenos Aires and training workshops for teachers around the country.

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Argentina

Mariano Lopata

Argentina


Organisation: SOLE Argentina

Mariano is a psychologist and scientific research methodology specialist. He is also a university teacher and SOLE practitioner and researcher. As a founding member of SOLE Argentina he has participated, organised and facilitated SOLE Sessions at primary, secondary and university level and liaised with organisations and community leaders to explore different SOLE dynamics.

His research interests center on the motivational and aspirational dimensions that SOLE participation brings about in students.

Organisation: SOLE Argentina

Mariano is a psychologist and scientific research methodology specialist. He is also a university teacher and SOLE practitioner and researcher. As a founding member of SOLE Argentina he has participated, organised and facilitated SOLE Sessions at primary, secondary and university level and liaised with organisations and community leaders to explore different SOLE dynamics.

His research interests center on the motivational and aspirational dimensions that SOLE participation brings about in students.

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Argentina

Natalia Arredondo

United States


Organisation: SOLE NYC

Natalia Arredondo is currently undertaking her PhD studies in SOLE. While collecting data for her project, Natalia opened the first SOLE laboratory in America. She is currently the coordinator of SOLE NYC in Harlem, New York City.

Organisation: SOLE NYC

Natalia Arredondo is currently undertaking her PhD studies in SOLE. While collecting data for her project, Natalia opened the first SOLE laboratory in America. She is currently the coordinator of SOLE NYC in Harlem, New York City.

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United States

Nic Arb

United Kingdom


Nic loves technology, computing, Android, electronic mapping, and GPS. She is a member of the Granny Cloud network.

Nic loves technology, computing, Android, electronic mapping, and GPS. She is a member of the Granny Cloud network.

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United Kingdom

Oscar O'Farrill

Mexico


Organisation: SOLE México

Oscar is a psychologist who has been experimenting with SOLE since 2013. Initially based in a community centre in Tres Marías, Morelos, SOLE has also been implemented by Oscar in different scenarios such as public and private schools for elementary and secondary students, and in community centres across Mexico. So far, Oscar has been involved in more than 600 SOLE sessions with more than 800 children. He is currently researching SOLE through the Universidad Iberoamericana, supervised by Dr. Cimmena Chao, with a focus on the impact of SOLE on 300 First and Second Grade High School Students.

Organisation: SOLE México

Oscar is a psychologist who has been experimenting with SOLE since 2013. Initially based in a community centre in Tres Marías, Morelos, SOLE has also been implemented by Oscar in different scenarios such as public and private schools for elementary and secondary students, and in community centres across Mexico. So far, Oscar has been involved in more than 600 SOLE sessions with more than 800 children. He is currently researching SOLE through the Universidad Iberoamericana, supervised by Dr. Cimmena Chao, with a focus on the impact of SOLE on 300 First and Second Grade High School Students.

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Mexico

Paul Kenna

Australia


Organisation: SOLE Australia Network

Paul is the Principal of Belle Vue Park Primary School in Melbourne, Australia. With his colleague Brett Millot, he has collaborated in SOLE action research in his school since 2010, working closing with Professor Sugata Mitra and Newcastle University (UK).

Belle Vue Park Primary school serves a multi-cultural community in the Northern Melbourne suburb of Glenroy where for many families English is their second language.

Organisation: SOLE Australia Network

Paul is the Principal of Belle Vue Park Primary School in Melbourne, Australia. With his colleague Brett Millot, he has collaborated in SOLE action research in his school since 2010, working closing with Professor Sugata Mitra and Newcastle University (UK).

Belle Vue Park Primary school serves a multi-cultural community in the Northern Melbourne suburb of Glenroy where for many families English is their second language.

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Australia

Poonam Thakur

United States


Organisation: SOLE Dallas Montessori Education

Poonam is a certified Montessori teacher and experimenting with homeschooling approach over the years.

Poonam believes that the advantages of the SOLE process for the kids as self-learning and work collaboratively in groups, allowing kids time and space to innovate with big questions or follow avenues of interest to them, and helps develop the critical evaluation skills which are so necessary when using the internet to do research.

Organisation: SOLE Dallas Montessori Education

Poonam is a certified Montessori teacher and experimenting with homeschooling approach over the years.

Poonam believes that the advantages of the SOLE process for the kids as self-learning and work collaboratively in groups, allowing kids time and space to innovate with big questions or follow avenues of interest to them, and helps develop the critical evaluation skills which are so necessary when using the internet to do research.

Read more

United States

Rick Pasin

Canada


Organisation: My Education Room

Having spent over eighteen years as an instructor, department head and director of operations and academics in post-secondary institutions Rick saw first-hand the powerful influence of self-organized/flipped classroom learning environments. The concept can work at the post-secondary level too!  As the founder of myeducationroom.com Rick was inspired by Sugata Mitra’s Ted Talk to create an environment whereby certified K-12 teachers, students and grannies can now open online SOLE groups worldwide.

Organisation: My Education Room

Having spent over eighteen years as an instructor, department head and director of operations and academics in post-secondary institutions Rick saw first-hand the powerful influence of self-organized/flipped classroom learning environments. The concept can work at the post-secondary level too!  As the founder of myeducationroom.com Rick was inspired by Sugata Mitra’s Ted Talk to create an environment whereby certified K-12 teachers, students and grannies can now open online SOLE groups worldwide.

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Canada

Ritu Sehji

New Zealand


Organisation: Westlake Boys High School

Ritu is currently the Head of Food Technology at Westlake Boys High School. She is an author, a recipient of the Endeavour Teacher Fellowship award managed by Royal Society of New Zealand and has recently finished study at The MindLab following a Next Generation scholarship she received in 2015. Ritu teaches more than just food technology at an all-boys school and incorporates an integrated cross curricular approach to projects. She is passionate about changing perceptions in the field of technolgoy education through innovative contexts.

Organisation: Westlake Boys High School

Ritu is currently the Head of Food Technology at Westlake Boys High School. She is an author, a recipient of the Endeavour Teacher Fellowship award managed by Royal Society of New Zealand and has recently finished study at The MindLab following a Next Generation scholarship she received in 2015. Ritu teaches more than just food technology at an all-boys school and incorporates an integrated cross curricular approach to projects. She is passionate about changing perceptions in the field of technolgoy education through innovative contexts.

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New Zealand

Rondeen McLean

Jamaica


Organisation: The Literary Genius Foundation

Over the course of her thirteen-year career in the United States, Rondeen McLean never forgot her roots in Jamaica and often thought of returning. As her skill set, global awareness, and professional experience increased, she began to seek ways to use her abilities to combat shortcomings in the Jamaican educational system. In 2009, when events finally offered her a chance to move back to Jamaica, Ms. McLean cemented her goals for the Literary Genius Foundation. 

Organisation: The Literary Genius Foundation

Over the course of her thirteen-year career in the United States, Rondeen McLean never forgot her roots in Jamaica and often thought of returning. As her skill set, global awareness, and professional experience increased, she began to seek ways to use her abilities to combat shortcomings in the Jamaican educational system. In 2009, when events finally offered her a chance to move back to Jamaica, Ms. McLean cemented her goals for the Literary Genius Foundation. 

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Jamaica

Salahuddin Khawaja

Pakistan


Organisation: Khud

Salah spent 15+ years in the financial sector in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Initially 11+ years as a management consultant with Deloitte. He then moved to J.P. Morgan and Bank of America where he spent 5 years in the Investment Bank running transformation related projects. Wanting to give back and recognizing the magnitude of the education crises he founded Khud. Inspired by Dr Sugata Mitra and his work, he believes that education technology coupled with self-learning is the 21st century solution to tackle the education crisis.

Organisation: Khud

Salah spent 15+ years in the financial sector in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Initially 11+ years as a management consultant with Deloitte. He then moved to J.P. Morgan and Bank of America where he spent 5 years in the Investment Bank running transformation related projects. Wanting to give back and recognizing the magnitude of the education crises he founded Khud. Inspired by Dr Sugata Mitra and his work, he believes that education technology coupled with self-learning is the 21st century solution to tackle the education crisis.

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Sanjay Fernandes

Colombia


Organisation: SOLE Colombia

Sanjay is the Director of SOLE Colombia. He is an economist, interaction designer, educator and electronic musician. He majored in economics with a minor in arts at the Andes University to later become an art professor in the Education Master’s program of the same university. He has been a consultant and researcher for the Secretariat of Culture, Recreation and Sports in subjects of cultural sustainability, and an adviser for the Executive Management Department of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogotá.

Organisation: SOLE Colombia

Sanjay is the Director of SOLE Colombia. He is an economist, interaction designer, educator and electronic musician. He majored in economics with a minor in arts at the Andes University to later become an art professor in the Education Master’s program of the same university. He has been a consultant and researcher for the Secretariat of Culture, Recreation and Sports in subjects of cultural sustainability, and an adviser for the Executive Management Department of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogotá.

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Colombia

Sarah Leonard

United Kingdom


Sarah is an experienced teacher who has been successfully using the SOLE approach across the 7-11 age range. Sarah has taught in a variety of settings from inner city London to a town primary school. Sarah is also a Peer Support Teacher, supporting teachers across parts of North Yorkshire to enhance their teaching, and regularly demonstrates lessons and offers support and guidance.

Sarah believes that each child is entitled to a rich, creative, fun and innovative education and SOLE ticks all these boxes and more. Sarah believes that the SOLE approach enables children to work together to learn and make incredible connections.

Sarah is an experienced teacher who has been successfully using the SOLE approach across the 7-11 age range. Sarah has taught in a variety of settings from inner city London to a town primary school. Sarah is also a Peer Support Teacher, supporting teachers across parts of North Yorkshire to enhance their teaching, and regularly demonstrates lessons and offers support and guidance.

Sarah believes that each child is entitled to a rich, creative, fun and innovative education and SOLE ticks all these boxes and more. Sarah believes that the SOLE approach enables children to work together to learn and make incredible connections. The children in her class are the greatest advocates who look forward to each SOLE learning session. Sarah loves to teach at the front of the class, but equally loves to sit back in awe during a SOLE session and see, feel and hear the incredible learning. The children in her class learn using a variety of techniques but SOLE has enhanced her classroom in every way possible. “Let’s SOLE it!” is a daily sentence in her room.

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United Kingdom

Sebastián Cuervo

Colombia


Organisation: SOLE Colombia

Sebastián describes himself as an Internet Sociotechnologist. He is an Earlham College Human Development and Social Relations scholar, currently working as a digital culture and community maker consultant. Sebastián’s research focuses on the space between individuals and their systems both cultural and social, how individuals understand themselves in relation to physical institutions like governments or significant others and social constructions such as gender or social status. Furthermore, this exploration of meaning and identity emerging from the self within society is constantly shifting in the digital era, and such area of study is what he seeks to understand.

Organisation: SOLE Colombia

Sebastián describes himself as an Internet Sociotechnologist. He is an Earlham College Human Development and Social Relations scholar, currently working as a digital culture and community maker consultant. Sebastián’s research focuses on the space between individuals and their systems both cultural and social, how individuals understand themselves in relation to physical institutions like governments or significant others and social constructions such as gender or social status. Furthermore, this exploration of meaning and identity emerging from the self within society is constantly shifting in the digital era, and such area of study is what he seeks to understand. Sebastián lives in that liminal space in which ICTs meet with our own paradigms, values and truths.

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Colombia

Sophie Lewis

United Kingdom


Organisation: Greenfield Arts

I have been the Arts and Community Centre Coordinator for Greenfield Arts for one year now and in that time I have seen a vast selection of SOLE sessions, some I have overseen, others I have led myself. SOLE and enquiry-based learning were a huge part of my interest in the work of Greenfield Arts, as I believe it is vital to developing the way we learn. This is something I am very passionate about.

Greenfield Arts is host to one of the seven original School in the Cloud Labs.

Organisation: Greenfield Arts

I have been the Arts and Community Centre Coordinator for Greenfield Arts for one year now and in that time I have seen a vast selection of SOLE sessions, some I have overseen, others I have led myself. SOLE and enquiry-based learning were a huge part of my interest in the work of Greenfield Arts, as I believe it is vital to developing the way we learn. This is something I am very passionate about.

Greenfield Arts is host to one of the seven original School in the Cloud Labs.

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United Kingdom

Yolanda Vergara Sarmiento

Perú


Yolanda is a technology teacher at San Jose de Monterrico School. She discovered her vocation for teaching as a student, when she was teaching technology classes at a primary school. Her passion has led to her 24 year career as an educator. This has allowed her to investigate and implement diverse educational tools in the classroom.

Yolanda is a technology teacher at San Jose de Monterrico School. She discovered her vocation for teaching as a student, when she was teaching technology classes at a primary school. Her passion has led to her 24 year career as an educator. This has allowed her to investigate and implement diverse educational tools in the classroom.

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Perú