Check out Brainpop.com a website for students, parents, and educators that seems to getting a good bit of attention. I saw a clip about it on TV this morning. It's a neat site that aims to enrich students' knowledge around content to which they may be only superficially exposed in the classroom. If we mean to create some type of web-based educational product, here's one that has a clear audience, mission, flavor, etc.
Check out Teen Voices Magazine, a feminist magazine started by a Boston organization (Wellesley alums). They mentor the girls and assist them in all contributions (everything is written by teens), host conferences, offer incentives, and foster dialogue, dissent, critique, all kinds of awesome educational and empowering stuff. Has a very clear vision and realizes it beautifully, I think. It's nothin' fancy, but might serve as inspiration if not a model for EdLab.
Those in attendance at this week's seminar might recall Rebecca Tatum's affiliation with New Leaders for New Schools, an organization that selects, trains, and spends years mentoring educators to be innovative and effective public school principles. I worked with one of their founders last year and learned a great deal from her. Perhaps we'd like to look into inviting a representative for a future seminar.