Dear Partners and Friends,
After a summer of expansion, Globaloria educators plunged into deep learning waters, and things are going swimmingly at the start of another fun and challenging year of Globaloria. We figured out how to infuse rigid school systems with innovation! It’s with pride that I share with you -- our partners, supporters and friends -- some news from the World Wide Workshop Foundation for the month of September.
Happy New Year filled with LOTS of happy learnings!
p.s. see past updates at our Newsletter Archive
On September 9th and 10th, The World Wide Workshop hosted our First Annual Globaloria Research Symposium at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Mass. Seven research partners from leading universities presented their research on the impact of Globaloria on educators' and students' learning. Over the past three years, we have established an innovative method of “research 2.0” with a diverse group of independent researchers. They work in the same Globaloria context and share source data to individually address a set of diverse questions and theoretical objectives. This was our first face-to-face working symposium for sharing results, cases, evaluating methods, and assessment of implementation accomplishments to date. The symposium was also an opportunity to plan for and enhance our research projects this coming year. Professors Chris Dede and Terry Tivnan from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Professor Yasmin Kafai from the University of Pennsylvania, and Online Learning Evangelist Ray Rose served as expert reviewers and critics, and shared knowledge from their own distinguished work in this area.
2. A 2nd Year of Partnership with the Knight Foundation to Foster a Deeper Understanding of 21st-century Civics and News Literacy Through Educational Games
The World Wide Workshop Foundation is delighted to be a grant recipient for the second consecutive year from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. We partnered with the Knight in 2009 to demonstrate the potential of the Globaloria Platform and participatory program to effectuate educational transformation on a large scale by executing on the Knight Commission’s Report recommendations related to education. “The time has come for new thinking and aggressive action to ensure the information opportunities of America’s people,” stated the report entitled Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age concerning the information health of American communities, and the information vitality of its democracy. The new grant will enable a further expansion of the Globaloria innovation across classrooms in West Virginia, as well as foster a deeper understanding of 21st-century civics and news literacy through a research-proven and technology-driven gaming curriculum. “Civic and news media literacy is crucial for children to become engaged citizens," said Dr. Idit Harel Caperton, Founder and President of the World Wide Workshop Foundation. "In our rapidly-changing media landscape, learning tools like blogs, wikis, and videogames have strong communicative power, providing increasingly-relevant platforms to expand our knowledge and raise awareness around important issues affecting our nation. Globaloria shows that when students learn to actively participate in computational learning networks and be the engineers and 'writers,' and not just 'readers' of games and information about civics and news, they develop effective practices and critical mind needed to both consume and create digital media intelligently, central skills for active participation in today's democracy.”
3. Introducing: Stuart Sim, Technology Director
We welcome Stuart Sim as the Foundation's new Director of Technology. Stuart’s extensive experience as a designer, architect and manager of development of the some of the largest software platforms in the education sector and media sectors makes him well prepared to manage the rapid growth of the World Wide Workshop Foundation’s platforms and programs. Stuart spent eight years with Sun Microsystems where he lead the education systems architecture group specializing in distance learning and support systems. Stuart has a Masters degree from Bristol University in Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing Systems. In addition to his technical background, Stuart is well versed in the education world, with special expertise in social learning platforms. “The World Wide Workshop Foundation is an ideal synthesis of my skills and interests in technology and education,” exclaimed Stuart. “As a
4. Introducing: Yvonne Martinez, Assistant Programs Coordinator
The Foundation Team is proud to welcome Yvonne Martinez as the new Assistant Programs Coordinator. Yvonne is a recent graduate of Bard College, where she studied Studio Arts. Her interest in sculpture and digital media makes the structural and artistic capacities of programming languages like Flash a natural outlet for her skills and interests. “I’m excited to leverage my skills and interests in Flash and education to enhance the Globaloria curriculum and help teachers and students reach new heights in educational game creation,” said Yvonne.