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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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Series: Critical Granny Qualities # 2 – Spontaneous? Impulsive? The need for reflection

I have taken a while to get around to writing this note. I wanted to take the time for some further reflection as I observed events, posts and messages (some directly to me) in professional as well as personal contexts. I wanted to be sure of how I wanted to say, what I wanted to […]

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Series: Critical Granny Qualities # 1 – Are you a good listener?

There are days when it seems like another life time (40 + years ago), but I trained to be a counselling psychologist. I even went on to train several ‘batches’ of students in the use of counselling skills especially in the context of early child development. That training came in very handy in many different […]

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The Granny Cloud is FOR the CHILDREN – not the way around!

Every so often, I get a phone call or email from folks who are intrigued by the term ‘Granny Cloud’ and run with the assumption that it is some sort of community for ‘elderly’ folks attempting to make the ‘golden years’ a little more meaningful and enjoyable. And truth be told – a sense of […]

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What we are and how we do what we do…. A time for clarifications

In recent months, a variety of issues and concerns surrounding The Granny Cloud and how it functions have come to a head. Many of these are concerns we have had to address several times over the years. But it is a dynamic situation and the people involved change (or their circumstances do), the context in […]

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How ‘tech savvy’ do I need to be?

Now that’s a discussion just waiting to happen! Within The Granny Cloud, we have several support groups, and communities on Facebook and elsewhere. These are places where Grannies share ideas and experiences; exhilarate in the joy of a connection, and commiserate with each other when they and the children wait endlessly for that connection to […]

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Protected: Puppets in Granny Sessions

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Protected: Story Telling & Story Reading – A bit of both! Still Useful…

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