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What If There Were 30 Teachers For Every Student? Sophia Aims To Find Out

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Think what would happen if there were thirty teachers for every student.

A new innovative platform, Sophia is a social media platform solely on education for everyone who wants to learn and share what they have learned. Sophia hopes to radically transform how we learn and teach.

The website went live in March 2011 and within the first two days of its launch people from nearly 70 different countries logged on to the website. Since, then it has been growing. As of Dec. 30. 2011, Sophia had  5,000 academic tutorials and counting on a variety of subjects.

Watch this introductory video about Sophia.

According to their website:

Sophia is a social teaching and learning platform that taps the teacher in all of us and enhances the learning process by providing access to a wealth of knowledge, help, instruction, standards-aligned content, and expertise available to learners everywhere.

Sophia is founded by Don Smithmier, a former Vice President at Capella University. Smithmier wants to make the best use of collective intelligence in a hope to make education better and effective.

Watch Smithmier talk about Sophia: Founder Chats Tech, Learning:

Sophia can be used by teachers, parents and students alike. Like virtually every other social media out there, Sophia relies on its users for its content.

For example, teachers can create private groups where they would invite selected people, share and engage in their content. Or, teachers can use Sophia “learning packets as homework to replace the daily lecture, leaving in-class time for working through problems, questions and answers.”

Students can use Sophia multimedia learning tools to do their homework or learn traditional content efficiently. Likewise, parents can use Sophia to re-learn and help their children with homework.

What do you think? Post your comments below?


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