That is the question Professor Sugata Mitra asked at the beginning of his TED talk, “Build a School in the Cloud”, a little over a year ago in February 2013.
We here at Greenfield in Newton Aycliffe UK, alongside 6 other areas chosen by Professor Mitra to be ‘School in the Cloud’ TED supported areas (Killingworth UK, Phaltan India, Gocharan India, Korakati India, Chandrakona India and Kalkaji India) have all embarked on an exciting journey together to explore that question.
Exactly a year after Sugata posed that question and following lots of planning, building, blood, sweat and tears Room 13 ‘School in the Cloud’ space was launched. It was Thursday 13th February 2014 to be precise. Almost 3 months ago now and we have used that time, which has been bloomin’ busy, to test the space and support staff, students and the wider community to become more familiar with SOLEs (self organised learning environments) and a different way of working.
We are now in a strong position to begin to understand how working in a different way and how having a space that promotes curiosity and learning, but is nothing like a classroom, is affecting learning in our Greenfield Community and beyond!
There have been over 110 hours of SOLE activity since we launched Room13 and over 330 people using the space for SOLE!
That’s not too shabby for under 3 months of operation…but what does any of that mean?
There are lots of questions we want to ask, lots of things we want to find out but for now we are ready to start capturing more detail about what affect this is having upon learning (and teaching!)
The next three things we’re going to try are:
1. Recording some professional conversations with staff and students
2. Analysing the data we have been collecting each half term and link this to leadership monitoring, data and mentoring opportunities
3. Analysing existing school data and evaluate the impact the work of SOLE is having on those who have had exposure on a number of occasions
The future is exciting and full of questions…