Blogs

Yours, mine… And ours?

  It is a theme we come back to time and time again. It has popped up in many of the Granny Cloud Tales. It pops up in the course of many of the activities that are the bulk of the Granny sessions. It peeps through the questions that are asked even as Grannies and […]

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9 years on – The Granny Cloud at the Crossroads

  We have learned a lot in the past 9 years. There is still a lot to learn. Not that it is any special kind of milestone, yet the date (16th May 2018), and the passing of another year marks the opportunity to take stock and consider where we are headed. The Granny Cloud has […]

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The Flip Side

Picture this. Young men and women who speak and typically understand only their mother tongue. They have jobs as Centre coordinators for “labs” ( if you can call them that!) – some in villages, some in urban slums; where children come after school to play on the few computers (sometimes just a single laptop) that […]

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Ask yourself – Think you have what it takes to be a Granny?

Every so often, we have the unpleasant task of saying “No”. ‘No’ to someone who would like to be a Granny. Given how short of Grannies we are and how many we really need, this is particularly hard. Yet, the bottom line is that not everyone is cut out to be a Granny. Just good […]

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Behind each “success” – a million tiny steps and a great deal of struggle

I was conversing with my brother not too long ago and, quite naturally, the children and the Grannies of The Granny Cloud crept into it. He has been following the tales https://grannycloudtales.wordpress.com/  and enjoying them. Hopefully that is coming from more than just being a fond brother! In fact, he is the one that got me […]

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Want a SOLE session with a Granny? Try the Regional Language Granny Clouds…

Imagine that you are a 10 year old and quite intrigued with the idea of ‘space’ or ‘children’s rights’ or ‘fossils’. You and your friends are using a combination of English and your own native language (with some additional help – or not! from Google Translate) to try and understand the information that is thrown […]

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ALL kinds of sessions…

There are Granny Sessions. There are SOLE sessions. There are even SOLE sessions with Grannies over Skype. And don’t forget ‘Mini SOLE Sessions.   One of the common misconceptions that new (or prospective Grannies) have is that connecting with the children in some remote or disadvantaged location is a breeze. And if what they have […]

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Age and gender – No bar!

Many years ago, a newly approved eMediator posted on his Facebook page – “Today I became a Granny”. And indeed he did! Because age (so long as it is above 21) and gender is no bar to being a member of the Granny Cloud team. And Grannies come in all shapes and sizes too! With […]

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Time to move on…. There are other children out there…

One of my favourite bits about being a key member of the Granny Cloud team is the opportunity I get to interact, not just with the children and coordinators at all the locations, but the one-on-one chats I have with Grannies spread across the world. As we edge towards a decade of existence and long-term […]

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One size does not fit all!

When the SOMEs (Self Organised Mediation Environments) were first setup in 2008-2009 (Yes, that is the academic term for The Granny Cloud, and it is what we began with), it was in the context of the first observations of the children and the schools that were part of the OGEF project. http://solesandsomes.wikispaces.com/Research Even though all the […]

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