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How New Technology is Changing the Face of Education (Part 1) Published Mon, Mar 4th, 2013 Elizabeth Carney, Senior Columnist In a New Delhi slum, a strange object suddenly appears… Carved into a wall, encased in concrete and protected by plexiglass, it’s something that the curious and excited gaggle of children surrounding it has never seen before. Yet to you and me, it’s one of the most common, everyday items. A computer. The children, who know no English and haven’t received any formal school education, quickly begin playing with the machine and, within days, they’re learning English, browsing the internet and teaching each other what they discover. This experiment, dubbed “The Hole in the Wall,” occurred back in 1999 and was the brainchild of Professor Sugata Mitra, Chief Scientist at NIIT. It was repeated in villages and slums across India – and each time, it yielded results that were “too good to be true.” The program’s success spawned a major venture called Hole in the Wall Education Limited (HiWEL) in 2001, which has since impacted hundreds of thousands of children across India and Africa. On a wider scale, Professor Mitra’s experiment triggered a new, innovative learning concept known as minimally invasive education (MIE), which shows that children will collaborate to learn and learn to collaborate… even in the most challenging environments. And as technology has advanced substantially since the original Hole in the Wall experiment 14 years ago, we’re seeing collaborative learning spread across the education world. Here are some of the companies leading the way… From “Batch Processing” to Collaboration The education sector is in the middle of a paradigm shift – from a one-size-fits-all “factory approach” to more tailored learning. The question is: Why now? ~ Population Dynamics: Although the world’s population continues to rise, the fertility rate,

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