Dear Partners and Friends, This month we share Globaloria stories on empowering 80 educators and administrators from 5 states to engage 2000+ youth with STEM learning. We also celebrate the creative energy of the Globaloria-Jazz Summer Workshop in Harlem, and data-sharing in conferences in West Virginia and Hong Kong. In honor of our 35th issue, please answer a few questions to help our newsletter be as interesting as possible. Thank you! Idit

 

1. The Globaloria Network 2011-12 at a Glance
2. Globaloria-Jazz Hackathon and Demo Day
3. Growing Globaloria Research from Good to Great
4. Raising Local and Global Awareness about Globaloria
5. Newsletter Feedback Survey
6. Globaloria 101: Take the eSeminar on September 22

1. The Globaloria Network 2011-12 at a Glance

At we start the 2011-12 school year, Globaloria once again grows exponentially, reaching over 2000 youth in 58 schools and community centers led by more than 70 educators and facilitators and 60 school and community leaders in five states. This marks a more than 20-fold growth from the 87 students and 13 educators who launched Globaloria in just seven schools in West Virginia only five years ago. This year, we focus on ushering Globaloria to a statewide integration in West Virginia, and schoolwide use of Globaloria at EACPA in Texas. We are building new usage models in Silicon Valley, California, in Hillsborough County, Florida, and at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, New York. These active demonstrations across the nation are replicable and scalable models for empowering and equipping youth with digital literacies and STEM knowledge.


July Globaloria Educators' Academy

Hillsborough County Globaloria school learning platform

Globaloria at EACPA students

2. Globaloria-Jazz Hackathon and Demo Day

On August 12, Globaloria-Jazz Summer Workshop participants, 11-18 years old, presented their game demo, "All That Jazz," at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. The afternoon was filled with creative energy and live music by Jon Batiste, Globaloria-Jazz facilitator, and his band. "All that Jazz" teaches players about jazz musicians, styles and various instruments. Players move through nine levels trying to save jazz music from evil robots. “It was amazing to watch this team, and work with kids who would have never come together otherwise. They engaged in a collaborative and meaningful experience about jazz through playing music and learning how to design a web game," commented Yvonne Martinez, Production and Program Coordinator at the Workshop. “I had great fun helping them put their game pieces together!” See photos from Demo Day!


NJMH Executive Director Loren Schoenberg kicks off Demo Day

The Jon Batiste Band jazzed up the presentation

Screen shot from All That Jazz

Globaloria-Jazz participants

3. Growing Globaloria Research from Good to Great

Research and evaluation are a core priority of the World Wide Workshop. As such, this spring, we recruited a team of learning and cognitive scientists, led by Cameron Fadjo, Dr. John Black, and Dr. Susan Lowes of the Institute for Learning Technologies at Columbia University's Teachers College. They worked to conduct a meta-analysis of Globaloria research to date, contextualize Globaloria within the current playing field, and offer criticism and suggest directions for improvement. “Globaloria is a complex object of study. Our organization believes in transparency, open data-sharing, and self-reflection to achieve the level of excellence and impact we strive for,” commented Idit. “The ILT review provides a critical lens into the Globaloria researchers’ methods, driving their research to greater success.” To join our research network, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

4. Raising Local and Global Awareness about Globaloria


Deb Super presenting Globaloria at the WV Tech Conference

This month Deborah Super, Director of Operations and Partnerships, and Monica Beane, Assistant Director, Office of Research, WV Department of Education (WVDE) and Globaloria-WVDE liaison, presented Globaloria to WV educators and technology directors from across the state at the West Virginia Tech Conference. “It’s clear from enthusiastic responses by WV educators that Globaloria meets an urgent need for STEM and 21st century skills in the WV education system,” commented Deborah Super. “This year Globaloria will reach 50 schools across the state, a great success, but satisfying only a fraction of the demand.”

At the same time, in Hong Kong, Globaloria research partner Dr. Rebecca Reynolds of Rutgers University, presented at the Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference (CSCL 2011). The conference is committed to sharing practices that can bring changes to education systems by informing education policy. At a full-day workshop for CSCL researchers, Dr. Reynolds and Dr. Sean Goggins of Drexel University presented their research on student collaborative activity that occurs through team work as they use the Globaloria Network’s learning environment. “Globaloria is one of the leading programs integrating intensive wiki uses into its curriculum fostering student inquiry, resource sharing, project management and presentation of work. It was exciting to present our data which was well received by the digital media and learning community,” commented Dr. Reynolds.

5. In Honor of our 35th Issue, Please, Give Us Your Feedback!

This newsletter is our way of documenting and sharing key initiatives and advances each month. We want to make it as interesting as possible to our readers – our partners, funders, and friends. Please give us 5 minutes and your honest feedback on these 5 questions. Thanks!

6. Globaloria 101: Take the eSeminar on September 22

In less than 45 minutes, you can learn with Shannon Sullivan, Vice President of Programs and Production, what Globaloria is and how it works in schools. Please pass this along to anyone interested in a dynamic Globaloria overview. Register here for the event (hosted by Adobe).