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!"
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."
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.
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: