Two educators, two very different visions, one question: How can tech help us rethink education in the developing world? Part 1.

Take two education activists with very different theories — and give them a chance to work together on a goal they both care about. That’s the thinking in the video above, the kick-off of Microsoft’s new Work Wonders project, which pairs up unlikely collaborators to spark new ideas.

They’re a bit of an odd couple. Mitra, who created the School in the Cloud to enable kids to explore questions that matter to them on their own, believes that traditional schools are becoming more and more outdated. Meanwhile Braun, founder of Pencils of Promise, which aims to rally communities in the developing world to build schools, believes that traditional classrooms are the answer to enabling opportunity.

Above, watch the first in a series of mini-documentaries following this collaboration as it has unfolded over the past three months. This episode shows Mitra and Braun meeting for the first time and thinking about how the other’s talents could help strengthen their own vision.

Stay tuned. And in the meantime, watch Mitra’s TED Talk, all about the surprising things that can happen when you give children access to a computer and time to explore.

Baptiste Chapelle