Imagine a school without walls, textbooks or teachers …

What happens when you give children across the world access to the Internet and big questions to answer?

They learn. What’s better? They teach each other.

This is what Sugata Mitra discovered when he put a computer terminal into a hole in a wall in a slum in India nearly 15 years ago.

Now he’s opening five School in the Cloud labs in the United Kingdom and India and launching the accompanying digital platform, made possible by Microsoft, which enables anyone anywhere to host cloud-based learning.

Mitra won the 2013 TED Prize, from the nonprofit devoted to cultivating ideas about Technology, Education and Design. He’s speaking Thursday at the TED conference in Vancouver, B.C.

The School in the Cloud is a unique Microsoft effort, not only because of its ground-breaking philosophy, but also because of its reach — the project touches nearly every corner of the company.

Learn why tapping into a child’s natural curiosity is the best way to inspire lifelong learning.

Aimee Riordan
Microsoft News Center Staff