The idea of SOLE, or a Self-Organized Learning Environment, began as the brainchild of Sugata Mitra, a professor from Newcastle University in England. In 2013, Mitra was the first-ever recipient of the $1 million TED prize for his ideas about how to improve education. Mitra is a proponent of student-centered learning and his SOLE model was developed as a way for teachers and schools to better understand and implement his philosophy. While SOLE lessons are traditionally geared toward younger students, teachers at our high school have found tremendous value when incorporating them into their daily lessons at times during the school year. Here is a movie I made about how teachers at our school have embraced the concept of SOLE, what they have learned from implementing these lessons, and why they think SOLE lessons work.
Click here for the SOLE Toolkit for everything you need to get started developing your own Self-Organized Learning Environment at your school.
On April 25, 2015 I presented at Ednado about SOLE. Here’s my short slide show.
Here is Mitra’s 2013 TED Talk that inspired schools throughout the world to go SOLE.