I've been asked to help facilitate an event at the end of March with educational and government representatives on the topic of using the new technologies of the Web specifically to help low-income and minority students--and in particular to open greater opportunities for higher education to them. If all goes as we're planning right now, I'll be broadcasting the event live as a part of the interview series here and for anyone with an interest in this topic.
My job for that day will be to lay out the vision and possibilities for this angle on Web 2.0, as I've told them that I don't have any particular expertise directly here, but want to be a part of helping to bring the dialog forth.
I'm interested in what ideas you, dear network members, have on this topic, and if there is anyone you think I should particularly look to for thought leadership here. I'm also interested in involving some students in the discussion.
Steve, this links in directly with the work we did at the Student Summit of the Flat Classroom Conference recently and with our plans for future development of Flat Classrooms. Our aim is to encourage action and creative solutions for social and global issues by using Web 2.0 in the actual process as well as in the solution. We are putting together student-designed/envisioned projects over the next 12 months as spin-offs from the conference that address global needs. To do this we are including the students in the organisation and management of the projects, students who are basd all around the world. In particular we have also been discussing how we can include low-income, geographically dispersed groups and include them in this conversation via Web 2.0. We are looking at links with the OLPC initiative and we hope to be able to add value by providing ideas for pedagogy, once again based on connectivity, communication, collaboration and creation, that will shift education into a more meaningful realm.
Let's talk more!
Would love to follow up on this. I'll try and keep track of what you are doing, and if you have any interest in having the students participate in the discussion here or elsewhere, let me know a good way to facilitate that. Thanks!
I'm Graham Glass, the founder of edu20, a free online site for teaching and learning (http://www.edu20.org). We've got quite a bit of experience in how web 2.0 approaches are being used for education since we have over 34,000 members now. Many of our teachers and students are in low-income areas of the world and use our system extensively.
Please let me know if I can be of assistance in this discussion.
1. Check out Elliot Masie (http://www.masie.com). He's one of the gurus in the space, but a bit 'right of center' (more on the corporate learning side than the academic side).
2. Look at what's being done in the area of standard operating environments (SOEs), where the Windows products are stripped down to minimum feature set, and most of the interesting bits are cloud computing apps. This trend promotes ease-of-use, reliability, disaster recovery and reduced support costs.
3. Look at the relationship of content, portals and communities. For example, it is well known that presentation recording (eg- podcasts and lecture capture) promote use of learning management systems, and in turn help build online communities to support wikis and other shared spaces.
I don't know Elliot--do you know him well enough to make an introduction? I am fascinated by the hardware side, having overseen a project for a Firefox "kiosk" we made available after the Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (see http://www.publicwebstations.com). I'm also very interested in the ways that time-shifting technologies might have an impact here. Thanks.