Sugata Mitra, an education professor at Newcastle University first shot to prominence when he embedded some computer screens and keyboards into the walls of villages in remote areas of India. Without any instructions or support the young people in the villages taught themselves how to use the machines. They quickly communicated with the world, learning how to find and distribute information and to build social networks of support.
Mitra’s work is significant n showing that the paradigms that traditionally drove education, that it was a one way flow of information from the teacher to the student, is becoming increasingly redundant due to the pervasive nature of technology.
This article from the Guardian shows how he is refining his work: The ‘granny cloud’: the network of volunteers helping poorer children learn | The Guardian