1. AMD Foundation Approves a 2nd Year of Funding to Double Participants at Globaloria-EACPA
  2. Introducing Laura Minnigerode, New Research Manager
  3. Idit Rethinks Education at a University of Texas Presentation about Globaloria

1. AMD Foundation Approves a 2nd Year of Funding to Double Participants at Globaloria-EACPA

The Foundation team is proud to announce that it has received a second grant from the AMD Foundation to continue and expand its Globaloria pilot at the East Austin College Prep Academy. The ongoing support of AMD’s Changing the Game will enable EACPA to double the number of students in the program next year. The EACPA pilot is modeling the first charter school to apply game design and programming as a fully-integrated school-wide course, fostering creativity and computational thinking often absent in low-income Hispanic communities such as East Austin. “The triad partnership of a technology corporation like AMD, an educational organization like Southwest Key and an entrepreneurial non-profit like the World Wide Workshop Foundation has established a new model for innovation with the potential to bring about real change in education across the nation” said Amber Oliver, Foundation Director of Partnerships and Operations.


EACPA students enhance literacy abilities with blogging

Starting at 6th grade, EACPA students learn to collaborate in teams

EACPA students harness STEM skills through game design and programming

 

2. Introducing Laura Minnigerode, New Research Manager


Globaloria Researcher, Laura Minnigerode
Long-term success of innovative programs requires thorough evaluation and research. As the Globaloria Research Manager, Laura Minnigerode is responsible for studying the implementation of Globaloria at the East Austin College Prep Academy (EACPA). She manages several other research partners and interns and documents the impact of the program on young bilingual students and their educators. “It’s both exciting and challenging to capture the impact of this program in a new charter school on these students - for life” commented Laura. “But it is so critical if our our research is to demonstrate the potential of this program to expand to other charter schools in economically under-privileged areas throughout Texas and the United States.” Laura is an experienced educational researcher with a strong background in children’s media and software. She holds a BA in Telecommunication from Indiana University in Bloomington, California teaching credentials in multiple subject areas, and an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

 

3. Idit Rethinks Education at a University of Texas Presentation about Globaloria

World Wide Workshop Foundation President, Idit Harel Caperton, spoke at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information on March 9th about the efficacy of Globaloria in nurturing self-directed, computational learning in youth. At her talk, entitled "Rethinking Education: Cultivating Computational Creativity and Inventiveness among Students, Educators, and School Leaders with Globaloria," Idit explained how the Globaloria platform takes a cross-disciplinary approach to intertwining content and STEM learning, and how it leverages Constructionist learning theory and research to help students prosper in a technology-infused global economy. Foundation partners in Texas, Ward Tisdale of AMD and Dr. Nellie Cantu of Southwest Key joined Idit on the podium to discuss the integration of Globaloria into the core curriculum at the East Austin College Prep Academy, and how it changes the game of education. Watch Idit's full presentation here.


Idit with Ward Tisdale, AMD, Director Global Community Affairs

Dr. Nellie Cantu of Southwest Key and Acting Principal of EACPA

Idit with Prof. Lecia Barker of UT and NCWIT
 
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