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It’s a New World… and Grannies have a Headstart!

There’s so much conversation on different platforms, virtual or otherwise about where we are headed in terms of education – children’s education. Teachers and parents find themselves thrust into unfamiliar situations as they struggle with the challenges of reaching educational goals. The children, while at ease with much of the new technology at hand [and […]

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Recognizing Privilege

The Granny Cloud has typically functioned in disadvantaged, underprivileged locations. And yet, every so often, we ‘forget’ what it is to be at a disadvantage. What it means to be vulnerable… The current Covid-19 global pandemic and the subsequent [temporary] closure of the Granny Cloud centres throw these questions up again. For those who seek […]

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Granny Cloud in times of the Corona virus

Now here’s a really BIG QUESTION! The Granny Cloud was/is based on the premise that there are many children [all over the world!] that need the interaction with warm, friendly facilitators [Grannies] to enable them to broaden their horizons, to consider alternative perspectives, to question information they access, to arrive at rational – logical conclusions, […]

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Series – Critical Granny Qualities: # 4 – Openness

It has been weighing on my mind for a long time now. This quality of ‘being open‘ and what it means in the context of The Granny Cloud. Among the meanings ascribed to the word ‘open’ are those that indicate acceptance (seeking out of new experiences – even adventure), of not being limited, of being […]

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A Deliberate Search for Varied Perspectives

Friday – 13th December 2019   Every so often something gets written, or someone posts an experience, or reports on a Granny session which talks of children searching for ‘answers’ to questions BIG and small in SOLEs as well as Granny sessions. The scope, even focus, of the questions varies depending on many things. The […]

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The “CLOUD” aka The Granny Cloud…

Note: This was originally posted on my personal blog [Environments for Children] in June, 2011 when The Granny Cloud was finding its feet as an independent, self-supported entity. I am sharing this with minor edits to bring it up to date as a way of responding to a question we often got [and still get […]

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The Development of Search Skills

Note: This description, related to the process by which search skills tend to develop in children from language backgrounds other than English, is based on observations over the course of the past 10-12 years in varied Granny Cloud centres & SOLE labs in India. It has been prepared primarily for the eMediators [Grannies] of The […]

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What is ‘Self Organised’ about The Granny Cloud?

People have all kinds of questions about The Granny Cloud and given that it grew out of the early experiences during the SOLE project in Hyderabad, it is quite natural that many of the questions are about self organised learning environments and how The Granny Cloud fits in with that approach.   https://www.academia.edu/3063029/The_use_of_self_organizing_systems_of_learning_for_improving_the_quality_of_schooling_for_children_in_remote_areas Critics in particular, […]

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The Granny Cloud – An evolving initiative

The Granny Cloud arouses a lot of interest from lay people, academics and media alike. This one simple idea holds tremendous appeal even where SOLE sessions are feasible. It combines the romance of the exotic, the adventure of the unknown/uncertain, and the warmth of lasting connections spread across generations, cultures and locations/nations. It’s a story […]

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Series – Critical Granny Qualities #3 – High Frustration Tolerance

Picture this… You are a new Granny and you have, with great eagerness, booked a session with some children in location ‘xyz’. (You are not quite sure what their profile is because the information on the booking page was minimal). From what you have read you are assuming that they won’t have much English fluency […]

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