Knowing Me, Knowing Ed-U: Sugata Mitra

Many people who are well known for their work in education have such interesting backgrounds and stories to tell, although many of us don’t get to hear them. The aim of this new podcast series is to learn a bit more about these people, and to allow them to share their stories.

We sit down for a chat over a cup of tea, a glass of wine or a beer to find out a bit more about them – what  were they like at school? What did they do after school? How did they come to work in education?

Whatever we discuss, every podcast episode ends with the same question: If you were in charge of the education system for a day, what one policy or structural change would you make?


In this first episode, we chat with Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University. Well known for his hole in the wall experiment and winning the $1 million TED prize, Sugata talks about growing up, and his work before and after hole in the wall. We cover music, maths, mind altering chemicals and much more:

Chapter 1 – Growing up and life at school (0:00 to 21:30)
Chapter 2 – Further education and early achievements (21:30 to 55:56)
Chapter 3 – Hole in the wall and recent work (55:56 to end)
Look out for Sugata’s book “The School in the Cloud” to be published by Corwin publishers, Los Angeles, early 2018. Watch his TED talk: Build a school in the cloud.


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