The Foundation is proud to announce the latest installment of our documentary series, Voices from the Field. These new videos showcase students, administrators and researchers from the East Austin College Prep Academy (EACPA) reflecting on their experience learning STEM concepts through the Globaloria program. “We are using Globaloria as a way to enhance all core skills," explains Dr. Sanchez, Founder and CEO of Southwest Key. “Our vision in coming to this community was to transform it…and Globaloria is a basic foundation of what our curriculum is." Take a look at what other students and leaders from EACPA have to say:
Watch all of EACPA's Voices from the Field videos here.
From late April to early May, Dr. Idit Harel Caperton, Foundation President, and five of our Research Partners attended the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA) in Denver, Colorado. The theme of the meeting this year was Understanding Complex Ecologies in a Changing World, and our array of research studies represented new perspectives on how to design, understand and evaluate learning experiences to engage today’s students and educators in the complex ecologies of Web2.0 networked learning environments. Papers were well received by the diverse audiences attending our presentations on learning and gaming and the impact of virtual environments on students and teachers. Discussions with scholars from our fields of study generated new ideas for the upcoming pilot year towards refining Globaloria in West Virginia and Texas. Globaloria research theory and results were featured in seven diverse studies:
Back in NYC, Idit, who contributed as a co-author on number of these featured papers, reflected, “We were proud to present Globaloria as a multi-faceted subject of research to our peers and collaborators at AERA. As the Globaloria learning model is forging new paths in Constructionist learning theory and practice, each of our research partners demonstrated how they have been digging into the huge amounts of Globaloria data we are generating from different perspectives.”
Alessandro La Porta joined the Foundation team in March 2010. A recent graduate of Harvard University’s Computer Science program, Alessandro works to expand the Globaloria platform and curriculum as well as support the Foundation’s work nationwide. “I believe that the will and capacity to learn and collaborate to solve problems are the most important skills for young people to master in the 21st century," reflected Alessandro, “I am excited to have the opportunity to join a foundation working toward the ideals I value most.”