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.
University of Chicago Urban Education Institute with support from the Gates Foundation has developed a social networking and e-learning platform called 6to16 for college readiness that pairs students from inner city schools with a team of e-mentors. Students have a mentor team comprised of teachers, community members, family, high school and college students, and career professionals. As students complete the curriculum and progress from middle to high school and on to college, their College Support Team is leveraged to support them by reviewing essays, providing advice, etc. I'd be happy to share more about the project in the March event if it's of interest to your community. For more information go to: 6to16
Think I may have discovered this a tad late, but as Alice Mercer said, this is right where my work lies here in Auckland New Zealand. I lead a project in our district with K-12 students (low income and minority to use your terminology!) where we are doing just what you are talking about here. We have a researcher working alongside the project over 3 years and her interim findings after the first year have just been presented to us. I hope I can locate where you post the outcomes of this event as they will be very pertinent to our work.
I'm attending the conference in person where Steve is presenting & Brian Reich of echoditto is responding. Thought provoking. I have a vision of first generation college youth sharing their powerful stories digitally. I know some of these stories & I've seen the galvanizing effect sharing those stories has on peers. Imagine the power of a whole new unwaveringly college bound social network. I work with Storybuilders
& Citizen Schools . Any thoughts on how to kickstart creating, producing, sharing these digital stories?
Thanks for hosting the webnar today and for inviting me to be part of it. Sorry that the technology connections broke down a bit during the presentations. However, this forum and the webnar just illustrates how people from different places can connect, and be mobilized to act together at a certain time and in a defined manner. If we can build on this people from many places will be offering their time, talent, and even dollars, to help many other people in many other places apply the ideas that can be learned from this world wide community, leading to more and better ways to help disadvantaged kids, and all other kids, to brighter futures.
For those interested in non-school connections that can reach kids in neighborhoods around inner city schools, I encourage you to use the Tutor/Mentor Connection library as a resource.
I teach Spanish to Native Speakers in a suburban school in New York comprised of 38% hispanic population. I am trying to use Web 2.0 tools with them, but I have realized that some don't have computers at home. They have not said this to me, but I can tell because they have not posted anything on their wiki pages (which we created in class and I have brought them to the computer lab on several occasions. In order for them to create an account they must have an e-mail addres and they have not been able to create accounts. They hide by saying that the Wiki is not working. I am just wondering if in our quest to use more technology in the classroom, we are segregating our kids between those who have and those who don't. I will be approching these students and somehow get it out of them. Then, I will plan for them to use the school computers to respond to my posts. Does anyone have any other ideas?