Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, United Kingdom. Visiting Professor of MIT Media Lab, United States of America.
He has a PhD in Physics (the Theoretical Solid State Physics of Organic Semiconductors) confered by the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He is credited with significant inventions in the area of Cognitive science and Education technology and he is most well-known from his experiment “Hole in the Wall”. In 1999, Mitra and his colleagues dug a hole in a wall bordering an urban slum in New Delhi, installed an Internet-connected PC, and left it there (with a hidden camera filming the area). What they saw was kids from the slum playing around with the computer and in the process learning how to use it and how to go online, and then teaching each other. In the absence of supervision or formal teaching, children can teach themselves and each other, motivated by curiosity and peer interest.
He was conferred the Dewang Mehta Award for Innovation in Information Technology in the year 2005. In 2011, an Honorary Doctorate was provied to him by the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands. In September 2012 Mitra won the Leonardo European Corporate Learning Award in the “Crossing Border” category. He is also the winner of the 2013 TED Prize.
Kids can teach themselves
The child-driven education
Build a school in the cloud
MARKUS F. PESCHL
Markus´ focus of research is on the question of knowledge creation and innovation in various contexts: in natural and artificial cognitive systems, in science, in organizations, in educational settings, as well as in the context of knowledge technologies and their embedding in social systems. He follows a radically interdisciplinary approach integrating concepts from the natural sciences (cognitive science & neuroscience), philosophy (of science), from the humanities, organizational/innovation studies, as well as from (knowledge) technology.
Currently he is working in the field of radical innovation where he developed the concepts of Emergent Innovation and Enabling Spaces.
M. Peschl has published 6 books and more than 130 papers in international journals and collections. For further information see:
Full Professor in the Area of didactics and educational organization at the University of Seville. Head of the IDEA research group evaluated as a group of excellence. He has been responsible for teaching University of the Andalusian Agency for evaluation and accreditation (AGAE) until February 2013. Director of the Master in E‐learning: technologies for learning via the internet.
He coodinate the PhD program in education of the University of Seville.