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Dear Partners and Friends,

April was a month of growth. From the premiere of new mini-documentaries, to our researchers' largest contribution at AERA yet, all with a new Foundation Team member on board, the World Wide Workshop keeps forging strongly onwards! Your support energizes us to reach even higher.
Happy Spring, Idit


  1. New STEM-Focused Documentaries of Globaloria in Austin, TX
  2. Seven Studies about Globaloria Featured at this year’s AERA
  3. Introducing Alessandro La Porta, New Assistant Programs Coordinator in Cambridge, MA

1. New STEM-Focused Documentaries of Globaloria in Austin, TX

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:

Dr. Sanchez discusses East Austin's community transformation through Globaloria education

EACPA student, Chris, reflects on computational thinking with game design curriculum

Superintendent Dr. Cantu reflects on the power of "active learning" with Globaloria
Watch all of EACPA's Voices from the Field videos here.

2. Seven Studies about Globaloria Featured at this year’s AERA

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:

  1. Dr. Pam Whitehouse (WVU, WV) presented two papers about Globaloria’s impact on innovation in educator professional development design and teacher learning;
  2. Dr. Rebecca Reynolds (Rutgers, NJ) presented two papers about Globaloria’s impact on students’ engagement and motivation and their experiential learning with the programmable Globaloria platform;
  3. Dr. Sean Duncan (U Miami, OH) studied two approaches to Constructionist learning environments comparing ‘Constructionism in the Wild’ on vs. ‘Constructionism in School’ on;
  4. Dr. Alex Games (MSU, MI) presented his research on the impact of Gamestar Mechanics on understanding complexity and computational thinking, which he then compared to his current research-in-progress of Globaloria students’ computational thinking;
  5. Dr. Betty Hayes (ASU, AZ) and Dr. Idit Harel Caperton presented their theory of expanded game media literacy in three contexts/models: game playing, game modding, and game programming and called for the integration of the three learning modes for fuller game media literacy development and learning.

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.”

Idit with researchers Prof. Uri Willensky (Northwestern) and Prof. Richard Noss (University of London)

With Prof. Ricki Goldman (NYU)

With Prof. Pamela Whitehouse (WVU) and her graduate researchers Elizabeth Spinelli and Rachael Horst

Prof. Jonathon Richter (U. Oregon), and Prof. Sean Duncan (U. Miami OH)

AERA 2010 provided a critical communication outlet for our Globaloria research partners to share, learn, discuss and connect with other outstanding scholars in our fields. The foundation continues to partner with research scientists from various universities and we look forward to developing more fascinating comparative studies and findings in the years to come (contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Prof. Rebecca Reynolds (Rutgers U) at her AERA session

Prof. Sean Duncan at his AERA session

3. Introducing Alessandro La Porta, New Assistant Programs Coordinator in Cambridge, MA

Alessandro La Porta

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.”



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