Equity Thru Community Technology Centers And Other Models
Sometimes people say money will not help improve schools; we wonder then, why wealthier folks are usually better educated than poorer folks.
Internet access can help level the playing field.
The Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet) is a community-based economic development organization serving the 32 counties of Appalachia Ohio.
The mission of ACEnet is to build the capacity of Appalachian communities to network, work together, and innovate to create a dynamic, sustainable regional economy with opportunities for all.
Mountain Area Information Network-Western North Carolina-computer recycling for the disabled
CTCNet is a superb example of self-empowerment.
CTCNet Chicago brings together agencies and communities that provide opportunities whereby people of all ages, who typically lack access and understanding of the relevance of computers and related technologies, can learn to use these technologies in an environment that encourages exploration and discovery. Through this experience, disadvantaged individuals will be able to develop self-confidence, personal and work skills, and to become creators as well as consumers of technology.
The Digital Clubhouse was established first in Silicon Valley and has just spawned a new site in New York City. Its mission is to close the equity gap not only between have- and have-no access to computers but also to encourage the building of cross-generational learning communities. Within these new communities the young teach the old-a sign of the times. Specifically, the focus is upon creating a real living lab for 21st century work in networked, multimedia design.
The Digital Clubhouse is underwritten by a group of corporations and the atmosphere is loft-casual. The developers hope other clubhouses will spring up; they are tracking its progress to generate a replicable model.
The Columbia Basin Public Information Network provides community technology centers for low-income citizens and the disabled.
The US DOEducation has consolidated teaching and learning programs across 35 agencies at the federal level into one partnership (FREE). The goal is to realize Internet-based communities and thereby develop new resources and collaborative teams.
The resources span history, the human genome project and the FBI. Teams can earn up to $50,000 for a proposal which begins to generate collaboration from this top level directory.
LEAP trains New Haven college and public high school students to work with younger children, providing a literacy based curriculum as well as classes in the arts, computer science, swimming, athletics, camping, cooking and team building.
LEAP has been recognized as a national model.
The Education Alliance at Brown University is a reform support organization committed to advancing equitable educational opportunities that prepare all student populations to succeed in the 21st century.
Their mission is to enhance learning for culturally and linguistically diverse students. They build partnerships with communities and educational organizations, and design and deliver expert services around data collection and analysis, professional learning, and research and evaluation.
Intel in collaboration with the Boston Museum of Science and MIT's Media Lab is sponsoring the establishment of 100 Computer Clubhouses all around the world to reach underserved students. Its activities have been designed for after-school programs. Besides science, sections offer information about future careers in science and encourage students to chart their own family trees.
Other Areas To Check Out...
• Code.org & Computer Science Education Week
• EdTech Leaders Online
• Evaluating the Quality of Information on the Internet
• Getting Started And Happy Endings
• National, State and Regional Networks (sample)
• Remote-Sensing Investigations
• Research Resources for Teachers and Librarians
• Support Networks
• Technology in Learning