The granny cloud

U.K.-based grandmothers volunteer to help teach children in India


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About the project Edit

Cloud Grannies are adults, young or old, male or female, who use Skype and other technology to bring learning to children, often in disadvantaged locations around the world. The term "Granny" was coined by the media and reflects the nurturing nature of the role. Cloud Grannies are not necessarily teachers and the sessions they conduct with the children are not lessons. Instead, they read stories to the children, pose big questions and talk about things relevant to them. They encourage, praise, guide and became a "virtual granny" to the children and they learn from the children too. There are about 100 Cloud Grannies involved in the scheme which is growing all the time.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

The Granny Cloud project connects adults with children in various locations around the world. High computer literacy is not a prerequisite. Many cultural differences exist but that's part of the fun and the learning. International and intergenerational communication seems to work!

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The Cloud Grannies benefit by learning more about cultures and by having fun with children.
The children benefit similarly, and the interactions additionally bring almost-incidental language learning.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

The project currently (2016) connects Cloud Grannies to children in Colombia, Cambodia, Greenland, Mexico, India and England, Jamaica and New York... and they are currently exploring the potential of connecting with Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and Greece.

It purely voluntary but has great potential to expand all round the world.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

Prof Sugata Mitra noticed that children did best when an adult was present offering advice and encouragement over their shoulders. He realized that there was no one as encouraging as a granny and so The Granny Cloud idea was born

What is the business model of this project? Edit

The Granny Cloud is an organisation of volunteers.

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