SOLE Central

Join In

Join In

There are many ways for you to become part of our global experiment


Find out how you can:

SOLEs are being set up all over the world. In some countries, they have become an everyday way of life for students.

We have links with schools in the US, Australia, India, Argentina, Columbia, Cambodia and Mexico.

If you are running SOLEs and haven't contacted us, please do. We love to hear about different experiences in different countries.

Register on The School in the Cloud website and get involved.

Build A SOLE

Right now, across the globe, children are taking part in self-organised learning environments (SOLEs).

They spark an innate sense of curiosity and bring them together to find answers.

This approach is not for the faint-hearted. There’s a reason why it is often referred to as ‘learning on the edge of chaos’ (Professor Sugata Mitra).

It takes a lot of self-discipline as an educator to sit back and let learning happen. But the results can be amazing.

In essence, all you need is:

  • an open mind
  • a computer
  • an Internet connection

If you’ve been inspired to set up your own SOLE, visit The School in the Cloud website and also the EuroSOLE project site to find out more and download free resources to help you. 

Skype Grannies

Granny Cloud refers to e-mediators across the world who enable this project to work. Many people think you have to be an actual granny to take part, but this is far from true.

We have both male and female volunteers of all ages in the Granny Cloud. What they all share is a universal ‘grandmother approach’, which complements self-organised learning environments.

They provide unconditional encouragement and are appreciative of the children’s efforts. Skype Grannies help to create an environment where children can thrive.

Granny Cloud

The Granny Cloud was formed to provide educational support for children in remote, disadvantaged areas in India.

What began as a storytelling activity grew to include:

  • puzzles
  • quizzes
  • sharing pictures
  • free flowing conversation
  • craft activities 

The aim was for children to be more confident and fluent in English, helping their studies. The role has kept evolving.

Today, it is an integral part of The School in the Cloud project. Skype Grannies help provide ‘big questions’ to stimulate a child’s natural curiosity.

Granny facts

As of September 2014 there are 75 active Skype Grannies. More than a third have been with the project for more than two years.

The highest numbers come from the UK and Europe, followed by the USA and Canada. There are also Grannies in South America, Australia, New Zealand, India, Egypt and Dubai.

Many have a connection to India, with at least a third having already visited the country. Most Grannies have either worked, or are currently working, in education.

Find out about what it's like to be a Granny from:

If you’re open, patient, flexible, have a sense of humour and are willing to persevere through trying Internet connections, apply now.

Our 'Grannies' support learning in SOLEs.

School SOLEs

Schools all over the world are setting up self-organised learning environments (SOLEs).

George Stephenson High School and Room 13 at Greenfield Arts are two TED Prize labs in North East England.

If you’d like to set up a SOLE in your school, or to find out how to link with other SOLE schools, visit The School in the Cloud.

Business Opportunities

We are looking for businesses that share our vision and want to become part of this global experiment.

For more information and to register your interest, contact