Thursday, February 19, 2009

Hole in the Wall

I was watching Discovery/NatGeo a long long time ago when I saw this documentary on an experiment that NIIT did. They made a hole in their wall next to the slums in Mumbai and inserted a touch screen monitor. They told the slum-dwellers that it's for their children and they can use it.
Within a weeks time, many children knew how to use the cmputer, browse the internet and called the mouse a suii or a needle and their favourite site was of Disney.

I ran into the this again through Slumdog Millionaire which was apparently inspired by this experiment.

This is called Minimally Invasive Education where no one tells you to study :)

Check this for more information on the project. The project was also published as a paper in a journal

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