Grannies are people who use Skype to enable self-organized learning in Sugata's 7 SOLE Labs.
They are young and old, men and women, and from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Find out more about how to organise your first session.Your main role as a Granny is to provide positive encouragement – remember; you’re there to mediate the session, providing praise and support to enable the children to work as a community and take the lead in their learning; helping them to explore and develop their natural curiosity.The goals for the children include: Depending on the children you’re working with the focus of your sessions will vary.For instance, in SOLEs where literacy levels are poor, conversation may be the main focus.In other locations you'll be asking Big Questions and inspiring curiosity.
All children, no matter what their situation, need a friendly and supportive adult to interact with who can be their sounding board.You can help them question different ideas and beliefs, access different viewpoints and enable them to think through their ideas.Each SOLE will be different and they operate in many different locations – rural, semi-rural, urban and urban slums.Not all SOLEs are situated within schools; some are based in community centres and some in private homes. They may be loud, or hot or internet connections may be poor.Talking to a Granny on Skype allows children the opportunity to be curious, friendly, imaginative and enthusiastic.However, you may find that in some cases they take a little while to warm up to you and they may be shy, wary or lacking in confidence at first.