A documentary directed by award-winning director Jerry Rothwell which charts Professor Sugata Mitra’s efforts to establish his School in the Cloud in India and the UK will be given its world premiere at CPH:DOX festival in Copenhagen. Rothwell's film is a portrait of an idealist at work, and of an idea that can potentially create positive change for millions of children.
Filmed over three years in the UK and India, it follows Sugata Mitra, Professor in Educational Technology, at Newcastle University, after winning the $1m Ted prize in 2013. In particular, it focuses on the ‘school in the swamp’ in remote Korakati, in the Sunderbans of Bengal; and George Stephenson High School, in Killingworth, North Tyneside, where the first School in the Cloud lab opened.
The School in the Cloud asks youngsters big, child-focused questions. Working in groups, they find their own answers using the Internet, supported by educators of all kinds – from Skype Grannies to parents and educators - who give them the freedom to explore their curiosity.
The film premieres in the Bremen Teatre on Tuesday, 20 March, and Jerry and Sugata will be taking part in a question and answer session afterwards.
School in the Cloud was produced by Met Films and partly funded by the Sundance Institute in association with TED.
School in the Cloud will go on cinematic release in the UK later this year.
Source - Newcastle University UK Website & CPH:DOX
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