Sleepy Hollow and the Flat New World

I glanced at my blackberry this morning and noticed a quick note from Tom Mormile, our high school’s multimedia teacher. It read, “What country ranked #2 last week, in number of visits to” The answer: China!

Hmm, perhaps it’s time I re-read some of Friedman’s book.

Later in the day I reviewed the data for the website, and the results were impressive. This is not a website that one browses and then moves from quickly to explore other sites. It is also one that has very little text, but employs the latest technologies to creatively exploit the potential of this new medium. Details regarding the sites vision and mission can be found at the “About Us” section.

So who exactly is viewing our student work? In the past 7 days, there have been 627 separate visits from within the United States, resulting in 11,915 hits! Clearly when someone in the U.S. visits the site, they spend time with us and view many of the sections. There were also 122 different visits from China, with a total of 1,940 hits. Not bad, considering the language barrier!

Since the site went live in January 2007, there have been more than 16,000 separate visits to the site, and more than 423,000 hits! These numbers are impressive, and we realize, as educators, that our students at Sleepy Hollow High School are part of a global community. It is a source of pride to know that creative talents are being recognized. If the world is indeed becoming flat, then these students are well on their way to being ready to compete in a bold new economy. If you haven’t checked out the site yet, you’re in for a treat!

Click here and view the complete “World Countries” statistics as a PDF document!

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