Saturday, February 14, 2009

Web 2.0 for Education Outreach to Low-Income and Minority Students

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 direct expertise here, but want to be a part of helping to bring the dialog forth.

I'm interested in what ideas you, dear readers, 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. The discussion forum for this topic is at my Future of Education network:

Thank you for any help.


  1. Hi Steve

    It is a topic I am passionate about since I teach in a school with 'target audience' (see to back my claim).

    I have recently found some fascinating reports, including well researched publications and papers, by Notschool,net project. I believe Prof S. Heppel has been involved with them as well. You will likely find some very interesting material on their website as an example what can be done.


    Tomaz Lasic

  2. @Tomaz: Thanks so much for the follow-up. I will check it out.

  3. Steve, doing some catch up on my RSS feeds...

    the National Association for College Admission Counseling has recently put together a online guide to college counseling that is free and available to anyone w/ an internet connection:
    Guiding the Way"

    I help to coordinate a wiki that is a collaborative effort amongst college counselors:

    College Lists Wiki

    I'll try to email you as well...

  4. Hi Steve,

    This is a great topic! I have particular interest in this as I speak to students, teachers and parents about how to integrate the Internet into the classroom.

    Regarding bringing the Web into low-income classrooms – my Web site,, offers narrated Web guides pointing users to the most credible and comprehensive sites on many topics in both Spanish and English. Our site is completely free, and our educational guides were created by teachers and Web experts.

    While the user generated sites that have made up the Web 2.0 movement have given us more information than ever before, we need to be able to verify this information as well. One of the key elements in getting students engaged in Web 2.0 technologies is teaching them how to judge the quality and credibility of the information they find online.

    Here is a link to our educational guides:

    Hope this helps and we would love to hear your thoughts.


    Kate Davey

  5. Anonymous12:22 AM

    nice site.I often used to refer it..


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