1. Bringing Cutting Edge Advances to the Core: WVDE Partnership
  2. Demonstrating Scalability: Exponential Growth within WV Schools Planned for 2009-2010
  3. Infusing Innovation into Education: Idit Opens 5th Annual Design, Art and Technology Symposium
  4. Hacking Education: Exploring the Intersection of Web2.0 and the Education Business

1. Bringing Cutting Edge Advances to the Core: WVDE Partnership


State Superintendent of Schools,
Dr. Steven L. Paine

Since launching Globaloria West Virginia in 2007 with Governor Joe Manchin and First Lady Gayle Manchin, it has been our shared vision to grow the program into a West Virginia Department of Education statewide initiative. This vision moved closer to reality on March 9th, when State Superintendant of Schools, Dr. Steven L. Paine, agreed to join the Globaloria-WV Advisory Board and to become a Globaloria-WV funder for 2009 and 2010. "Globaloria fits perfectly with Dr. Paine’s 21st-century education vision," said Dr. Idit Harel Caperton, "He is committed to transforming the public school system with technology; he is aiming to provide all children with the skills they need to excel in a fiercely competitive global knowledge economy… and that is exactly what we are doing!"

2. Demonstrating Scalability: Exponential Growth within WV Schools Planned for 2009-2010

What sets Globaloria apart from other innovative technology programs is the fact that it is a scalable model for achieving statewide education transformation. In 2009-2010, the program will once again triple in size, reaching 22 schools and 1000 students across the state. The growth strategy is to expand within schools, so multiple teachers are leading classes in different disciplines and at different grade levels. "This approach allows us to build a strong intra- and inter-school community and achieve high rates of educator retention from year-to-year," said Program Director Shannon Sullivan, "It also creates the possibility of a multi-year 'Globaloria practicum' experience and encourages greater integration into the formal school curriculum. These are all major goals for our third year of implementation in West Virginia."


Spring Valley High School will increase participation by 50 percent

Globaloria will be integrated into the Biology curriculum at Capital HS

3. Infusing Innovation into Education: Idit Opens 5th Annual Design, Art and Technology Symposium


Idit delivering the keynote speech at the 5th Annual Design, Art and Technology Symposium

On March 5th, Foundation President Idit Caperton traveled to the Center for Design Innovation in North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad to be the introductory keynote speaker for the 5th Annual Design, Art and Technology Symposium (DATS). Her talk inspired participants to discover the power of designing educational technologies (such as the OLPC Laptop or the Globaloria Program) to enhance the ways children learn, think, and create. "For our students to really be prepared for success, we must re-visit powerful ideas about learning and teaching and infuse the system with technological learning environments designed with creativity, construction, collaboration, imagination, discovery and entrepreneurship. This is true 21st-century learning," commented Idit. Each year, DATS brings together educators, students and professionals to explore how design – a fundamental component of all creative endeavors – can contribute to the development of North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad’s 12 counties and their universities, colleges, and the entire K-12 education system.

 

4. Hacking Education: Exploring the Intersection of Web2.0 and the Education Business


Idit speaking at the Hacking Education Conference

On March 6th, Union Square Capital, a leading venture capital firm in NYC, invited technologists, education leaders, and entrepreneurs to talk about "hacking education" for a day. Twenty pages of Tweets from in-person and virtual participants were generated during the event.

Key thoughts that were shared include:

 

  • Web2.0 transfers control from institutions to individuals; In the future, the student (and parents) will take control of all education choices -- schools, teachers, classes, even curriculum.
  • Alternative education (homeschooling, charter schools, online schools, on-demand learning) is on the rise nationwide and worldwide. We are just at the start of that trend.
  • Students increasingly find themselves teaching. Peer production is moving from just producing content for others, to producing fuller learning experiences.
  • Technologies and Web-based approaches can reduce the marginal cost of an incremental student. We imagine that it will go to zero at some point.
  • The current education system was built to train the industrial worker. It is being re-imagined for the Information Age. It will look very different by the time our children's children are in school. There are models for this already (Globaloria).
  • 'Disruptive' learning approaches like open courseware, lesson sharing, social networks, and lightweight public publishing tools, will work inside the existing education system.
  • Teachers are more important than ever, but they will have to adapt, and re-learn how to work both inside and outside the educational system.
  • Traditional accreditation (diplomas and degrees) will become less important as student work becomes more transparent, and available to be sampled and measured online.
  • Testing and assessment will be formulated by the community of learners (you learn, teach, and evaluate others, all at the same time).
  • Spaces for learning (schools and libraries) will be re-evaluated and re-imagined.
  • 'Learning' is bottom up and 'School' is top down. We are moving towards more learning and less education in the future.

A group of leading thinkers, educators, and entrepreneurs engaging in discussion at "Hacking Education"

 

 
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