That's the goal. You can see more of these diagrams and concept maps at http://www.tutormentorconnection.org
The first challenge is getting one or two people to look at these and "begin thinking". The second is to encourage these first few people to reach out to their networks so that more people are invited to look at the diagrams and begin their own thinking and learning. Ultimately this will lead to a large enough group of people that we can begin to talk of ways to implement ideas from the diagrams in places around the country where kids need more help in order to succeed in school, and in life.
Connie on the T/MC web site I have links to many organizations that use technology to engage kids. I feel that if school leaders can create some sort of web quests strategy to teach some youth to learn what's in the web site, these youth can take on leader roles of engaging other students, faculty, and even community members. That takes practice, but as kids learn this habit, they can apply it the rest of their lives.
Thanks Mark, I think this forum has lots of potential and hope to connect with a few people who will work together to identify educators who lead innovative service learning programs, where students use technology to educate the larger community where they live about ways adults, businesses, elected leaders, etc. can do more to help kids have equal learning opportunities. My blog is just one way I express these ideas.
While I host an extensive resource library at http://www.tutormentorconnection.org I participate in spaces like this to try to draw people together who share the same concerns. If they will meet here some will go to the web site for more information.
I've set up a http://tutormentorconnection.ning.com page. If you meet people who are already volunteers, leaders, board members, business partners or foundations who fund these types of programs, please encourage them to join me there.
If you've set up a space for a related purpose, I can refer folks to you. If we can teach others to take this role, maybe our friends will really be people who want to help us accomplish something.
Re: Hi Kevin, thanks for introducing yourself on my page. How successful have you been in drawing others to work with you?
Hey! I have met a few people but what is great is that the people are meet seem to be exactly the ones that I need to. It's cool finding other people who do or believe the same things I do!
Thanks for your introductions. I'm not sure how Classroom 2.0 or Ning are working. Can you tell me how having so many "friends" is helping you in your professional and/or volunteer work?
I host an information library at http://www.tutormentorconnection.org and I'd love to have friends from all over the world using this information in discussion on social network sites like this so that more disadvantaged kids can be part of non-school learning and mentoring programs that help them prepare for jobs and careers.
Are any of you having success at drawing friends into such thinking and actions?
Check the video my daughter made on my site. She is very bright and very dyslexic. Her frustration with traditional schooling was a real eye opener for me about how schools can't/won't meet the needs of students who don't learn well in a text-based system.