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Children and the Internet: experiments with minimally invasive education in India

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Sugata Mitra


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Urban children all over the world seem to acquire computing skills without adult intervention. Indeed this form of self-instruction has produced hackersÑchildren who can penetrate high tech security systems. Is this kind of learning dependent only on the availability of technology? We provided slum children in New Delhi with Internet access in their settlement. The paper describes the results obtained in the first month of unsupervised and unguided access. It is observed that children seem to understand and use the technology fluently. Language and formal education do not seem to make any significant difference.

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Author(s): Mitra S, Rana V

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Educational Technology

Year: 2001

Volume: 32

Issue: 2

Pages: 221-232

Date deposited: 07/09/2010

ISSN (print): 0007-1013

ISSN (electronic): 1467-8535

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/1467-8535.00192


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