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Indian students digging the granny cloud

What happens if you leave computers in the slums of New Delhi, India? Renegade Sugata Mitra was curious, so he tried it. The stuff of legend: Children taught themselves not just computer literacy, but English – totally untutored, driven by curiosity. Mitra took it to the next level with the “Granny Cloud,” an army of retired, female schoolteachers in the UK who Skyped with kids in Columbia and India to support learning English. A $1 million TED prize helped. The secret sauce? That special kind of non-pushy, non-judgmental encouragement only a grandmother can give. (Million-dollar question: Who needs yours today?)