There are many ways for you to become part of our global experiment
Find out how you can:
- build your own SOLE
- become a Skype Granny
- set up a SOLE in your school
- support a SOLE (business opportunities)
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
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.
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:
- 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.
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:
- TED blog about what it’s like to be a male Granny
- Liz Fewings talks about her role as a Granny
- Jackie Barrow talks about her role as a Granny
If you’re open, patient, flexible, have a sense of humour and are willing to persevere through trying Internet connections, apply now.
Schools all over the world are setting up self-organised learning environments (SOLEs).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org