Education space for students needed

In Clovis Unified, we are in the beginning stages of developing an online charter school.  We have decided to build this school from the ground up.  We are hoping to incorporate the needs and characteristics of the Gen Y / Net Generation as shared by Jason Dorsey and Don Tapscott.   Dorsey points out the importance of technology, while Tapscott in his latest book, Grown Up Digital, says there are 8 norms that should be followed: 

freedom, customize and personalize, scrutinize, integrity and openness, entertainment and play, collaborate, need for speed, innovate.

How do we create an education space that incorporates all of these norms?

Alice over at the math blog suggests that we need to create / find a space – a cross between MySpace and Facebook and Flickr and YouTube – something we would call “”.   I wonder if Ning would serve this purpose?  Any other thoughts out there?


2 Responses to “Education space for students needed”

  1. 1 Tom Nixon December 19, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    While I do not have suggestions for space, I am intrigued that you are building the program from the ground up. I have done a reasonable amount of research on online high schools (as well as having a website for online high schools) and I think you are exactly right to head in that direction. While some programs are really quite good, others mostly dump what they were doing in the traditional classroom on to the Internet. Not a good idea!

  2. 2 cccoer January 24, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    I suggest that you consider using Epsilen with its Portfolio model for Personal Learning Environments. See

    The California Community College System Office is in the process of piloting Epsilen for community colleges. You may want to ask them for details on how to negotiate the Enterprise institutional license pricing. I believe that it’s $5 per student account.

    See this slideshow about Epsilen and ePortfolios in California’s Community Colleges –

    Also, see an upcoming webinare about Epsilen:

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