Proof that Web 2 is for All Schools: Listen to

The Wow2 show last week was amazing with Nicole Pinkard, CEO ,
Chief Technology Officer – Center for Urban School Improvement in Chicago.

For those particularly interested in what happens when Web 2.0 tools are used with inner city students or who think that these tools are only being used in “rich” private schools, think again. All schools everywhere are using these tools with great results.

The students who use the tools will be the leaders of tomorrow or at least have a headstart.

Will your students lead BECAUSE of you or DESPITE you? Ask that question.

Of interest to me was the statistic she shared at the end (I copied this from the Chat Transcript):

“OK, so I'm writing this down for the chat — she says that at the beginning of the 6th grade year only 4% (100-96%) had literacy skills equal to those of those in silicon valley. At the end of the 6th grade year 75% of the 6th graders had literacy skills EXCEEEDING those of the students in silicon valley. The study will be widely reported in the next 2-3 months.”

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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