Professor Sugata Mitra - Professor of Educational Technology, Newcastle University

Sugata Mitra is Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, in the United Kingdom. He has been credited with more than 25 inventions in the area of cognitive science and educational technology. 

One of his best known works is the  ‘Hole in the Wall’ experiments started in 1999 which demonstrated that groups of children, irrespective of who or where they are, can learn to use computers and the Internet on their own using public computers in open spaces such as roads and playgrounds.

In 2006, he invented Self Organised Learning Environments, now in use throughout the world. In 2009, he created the Granny Cloud, of teachers who interact with children over the Internet. In 2013, he was awarded the first $1 million TED prize, to put his educational ideas together to create seven laboratories called ‘Schools in the Cloud’ which study learning as emergent phenomena in an educational self-organising system.

This page last updated: Friday 2 December 2016