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Save our Summer: the SOS Project 2009
Coming July 6, case 2009

The SOS Classroom

With summer school canceled in LAUSD and elsewhere for K-8 students, dosage parents, teachers and students are banding together to Save Our Summer School by using Web 2.0 technology to get resources to the kids who need them most.

Problem: Despite all the talk of the crumbling U.S. educational system, LAUSD has canceled summer school (completely for elementary and Middle school), after years of scaling it back from 6 weeks to 4 weeks. Not only does this create an additional burden on families, this decision will also mean even more students who are not performing at grade level, presenting an even greater strain on our public schools.

Solution:

Use Web 2.0 tools to collect, organize, and redistribute free online educational resources for the students and families to use.

Background: This is the age of Web 2.0. The era of crowdsourcing. A time when Wikipedias are built by the world wide web users (and a few hundred dedicated volunteer editors). At the same time, the Internet is overflowing with educational content. However, this content is like the supply closet in the overcrowded school: disorganized, inaccessible, impossible to navigate effectively. What if we could navigate. Better yet, what if we could begin to tag resources for the appropriate learning level and present those to students, teachers and families in one location. Better still, what if we could do this without creating another bureaucracy, but instead draw upon the democracy of the Internet.

Proposal:

* Crowdsource the tagging of resources
* Host on Free online aggregation site
* Offer some tools for dialogue.

To play:

  • Find a resource and tag it: sosclassroom
  • send the resource to sosclassroom[at]gmail.com
  • tweet us @sosclassroom or #sosclassroom

Note: This proposal is not meant to replace summer school or to justify its removal. These are not credit-baring activities. This project is meant to provide easily accessible and well-organized curriculum to students, parents, and teachers to help ease some of the hardship of the cancellation of this program.

Who we are: An interested group of educators and students. The core members of the SOS Project team are working in a service learning project in a USC upper division writing course that emphasizes networked writing technology. But we are also the crowdsourced, networked volunteer educators. We are parents, teachers, and students trying to Save Our Summers.

Roll Out Beta Version: July 6

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