1. Research Finds Globaloria Students Test Higher in Key Subject Areas
  2. Globaloria Partners with US Senator Jay Rockefeller to Advance STEM Skills
  3. Globaloria Advances Civic Literacy Across the Digital Divide

1. Research Finds Globaloria Students Test Higher in Key Subject Areas


Watch WVDE leadership discuss innovative STEM learning with Globaloria

A new third-party research report by Edvantia shows that Globaloria students are out-performing their peers in two core-curriculum subjects: science and social studies. Edvantia compared Globaloria-WV middle-school and high-school students on their 2009 WESTEST2 scores with those of non-Globaloria students in four core subject areas (math, reading, language arts, science and social studies). They found that Globaloria students performed significantly better than those in the control groups in science and social studies, even after accounting for previous performance. "We are pleased with these initial trends and will replicate this study again this year," remarked the Foundation's Director of Programs, Shannon Sullivan. "These results show just how powerful the Globaloria curricular experience is for students in many aspects of their learning and cognitive development--especially in those target areas national education leaders seek to improve." For more research results, please visit www.WorldWideWorkshop.org/Reports.

2. Globaloria Partners with US Senator Jay Rockefeller to Advance STEM Skills

On March 3rd, US Senator Jay Rockefeller (WV-D) became the Honorary Chair of the 1st Annual Globaloria-WV STEM Games Competition. “Senator Rockefeller has a longstanding commitment for innovation in technology and education, and a deep understanding for what broadband learning applications like Globaloria can do for transforming students and teachers in his state,” commented Idit Harel Caperton. “This is why we and the WVDE are so thrilled to be partnering with him on this effort to enhance STEM learning and teaching and workforce development throughout the state.” The www.MySTEMGames.org competition is open to all Globaloria-WV students whose games are designed to teach Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. A panel of distinguished judges, including STEM practitioners, policy makers, and game design experts will select the winning game, whose team of student developers will present to the leadership at the White House Office of Science Technology Policy and be featured on several websites nationwide.


Sen. Jay Rockefeller (center), Gaston Caperton Former WV-Gov and Foundation Advisory Board member, Idit Caperton Foundation President, David Lowenstein WV-State Director (right) and Monica Beane WVDE Asst. Dir. of Instruction (left)

3. Globaloria Advances Civic Literacy Across the Digital Divide

Education officials, pundits, and policy makers across the nation are grappling with the challenge of bringing civic literacy for the 21st-century to US classrooms. The Foundation’s new report, Mending the Digital and Knowledge Divides in Civics: The Globaloria Approach to Civics Education in the 21st Century, provides an in-depth look at how applying Globaloria to civics education is a powerful model for solving this national challenge. “This Civics2.0 project demonstrates that when you expose students to the same technology tools and social media experiences they will experience as civic participants they become inspired and engaged,” explains State Director David Lowenstein. “This is one of our most energizing initiatives.” The Globaloria Civics Program, funded by the Knight Foundation, is currently operating in five schools across the state as a sub-pilot within the statewide Globaloria-WV network.


www.MyCivicEngagement.com Civics Track community website

South Harrison HS game "The Political Race" in-development

Caleb discusses learning civics in the "Voices from the Field" series
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