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Dr. Sugata Mitra returns to Cal U
Start Date: 10/17/2012Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 10/17/2012End Time: 9:00 PM

Event Description:
A world-renowned expert on educational technology will return to Cal U on Wednesday.

Dr. Sugata Mitra , a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, will meet with faculty and students throughout the day, and then deliver a public lecture at 7 p.m. in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

A regular participant at TED conferences and symposiums on global education, Mitra is recognized worldwide for research projects that explore the impact of technology on teaching and learning.

“We are pleased that Dr. Mitra will share his knowledge and global perspective with our campus community once again,” said Acting President Geraldine M. Jones. “We expect to discuss in greater depth the various ways that technology is reshaping education.”

Dr. Joseph Zisk, of the Cal U Teaching and Learning Center, will organize conversations with Mitra in each of Cal U’s four Colleges. The dean for each College will join faculty members and students in a dialogue about areas of particular interest.

Last fall Mitra discussed his ideas about “minimally invasive learning” at Mission Day. He also described his groundbreaking “hole in the wall” experiments, which demonstrated the power of curiosity to stimulate self-instruction and peer-shared knowledge.

He and his research partners placed an Internet-connected computer behind a hole in a wall in urban slums and rural villages in Third World nations. A hidden camera showed children playing with the device, although they never had been taught to use a computer. Soon they were looking up information online and teaching each other what they had learned.

In keeping with the theme of the day, Cal U anticipates streaming Mitra’s lecture online and arranging an interactive videoconference with a local school district.

Mitra’s evening lecture is free and open to the public; the entire campus community is urged to attend. Cal U also has sent a special invitation to K-12 teachers in the region.

Dr. Sugata Mitra will discuss technology’s impact on education at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre. Admission is free. Visitor parking is available on campus.
Location Information:
Main Campus  (View Map)
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419

Main Campus - Steele Hall  (View Map)
816 Third Street
California, PA

Main Campus - Steele Hall  (View Map)
816 Third Street
California, PA
Room: Steele Hall--Mainstage Theatre
photo of Dr. Sugata Mitra

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