Core of Education's Rod Berger Travels to U.K. to Meet with World Education Leaders

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Berger visits local Newcastle high school and talks with Amy-Leigh Dickinson about the first ever "School In The Cloud."

School in the Cloud

I think the School in the Cloud concept is a great way to think about using global resources to teach on a local level.

Dr. Rod Berger of the Core of Education was recently invited to Newcastle, England, to tour the world's first School in the Cloud at George Stephenson High School. Headteacher (Principal) Ian Wilkinson gave Dr. Berger a tour of the campus as a whole, as well as several classroom visits. Berger likened GSHS to a school he could have attended growing up in the U.S. Midwest. Later, Berger was able to sit down and talk with Wilkinson about his fresh but realistic approach to education and teaching, and the role technology plays in education at his school.

The School in the Cloud is the vision of TED's 2013 Prize winner Sugata Mitra. The School in the Cloud is based on the “Self-Organized Learning Environment” (SOLE) concept devised by Mitra. This new concept combines the resources of the Internet with the natural curiosity of children. The students work on ideas that interest them, and help each other learn along the way.

Mitra's award-winning TED talk has had over 1.8 million veiws. Among those viewers was Amy-Leigh Dickinson, who was so impressed that she reach out to Mitra. This started a friendship that eventually led to the first School in the Cloud being opened at GSHS. Berger saw first-hand how the children interacted with technology and each other in this unique learning environment. Berger later sat down with Dickinson to discuss the School in the Cloud at length.

"I was impressed with the work they are doing with these bright young students," says Berger. "I think the School in the Cloud concept is a great way to think about using global resources to teach on a local level."

The second School in the Cloud is slated to open in February, 2014, in India.

About Core of Education
The Core of Education is an op-ed blog and podcast interview series hosted by Rod Berger, PsyD, and underwritten by RANDA Solutions. The Core focuses on vital issues to educators and policy-makers, as Dr. Berger interviews key education thought-leaders from across the nation and around the world. Core podcasts work to provide a platform for open, honest discussion and debate on education challenges and triumphs. Berger, interviews international policy makers, ed entrepreneurs, state commissioners, district admins, and teachers and strives to insure everyone involved has a platform to learn, and that’s what’s at the "core of education."

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