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TEDxBeaconStreet – TED Prize Connections

Each year TED grants an annual prize of one million dollars to an exceptional individual, giving them a chance to conceive and launch a high-impact project. The 2013 prize was awarded this week to Dr. Sugata Mitra who will use the prize to launch a global initiative for self-directed learning.

Live from the annual TED Conference in Long Beach, CA, Mitra revealed his project:

“My wish is to help design the future of learning by supporting children all over the world to tap into their innate sense of wonder and work together. Help me build the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can embark on intellectual adventures by engaging and connecting with information and mentoring online. I also invite you, wherever you are, to create your own miniature child-driven learning environments and share your discoveries.”

TEDxBeaconStreet founder John Werner watched Mitra’s acceptance from the audience and was not surprised to see Esther Wojcicki, who spoke so passionately at TEDxBeaconStreet about collaborative, student-driven learning, get up at the conference and make a pledge to support Mitra’s work at her highly successful self-organized learning journalism program at Palo Alto High School.

And perhaps no one is more proud of Esther’s important work, than her son-in-law Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google who previewed Google Glass on the TED stage this week.

John Werner captured Sergey here delivering his support for Esther and for TEDxBeaconStreet!

Esther’s work and her talk tie into this year’s TED Prize vision perfectly and we’re hugely enthusiastic about the good work in education that will come from these passionate educators.

Watch Esther’s TEDxBeaconStreet talk: Creating Classrooms the Work: