Ed Tech Leaders from Around the Globe Gather in Brazil to Launch HP Catalyst Academy

hp catalyst logoThis week ISTE and the New Media Consortium (NMC) announced a global collaboration—the HP Catalyst Academy—designed to accelerate STEMx education, transform teaching practices and continue to close the global skills gap.

The HP Catalyst Academy extends the work of the HP Catalyst Initiative—featured often in this blog—which was launched in 2010 to support innovations in STEMx teaching and learning. To date, HP has given 56 organizations in 15 countries grants to explore how educators can combine emerging technologies and great teaching to create powerful STEMx learning experiences for more than 130,000 students around the globe.

Hours before the official launch of the HP Catalyst Academy, the 15 Academy fellows gathered here in São Paulo, Brazil to refine their mini-courses, delve more deeply into the way that the Academy will work and, best of all, learn about the ways that their collective offerings will accelerate global STEMx education.

With support from representatives from ISTE, New Media Consortium and HP, this august group of educators formed its own learning community on the first day. They discussed the ways that their mini-courses could help educators transform instruction to address a broader definition of STEM education—with the “X” representing disciplines such as computer science, nanoscience and biotech as well as critical skills such as collaboration, creativity, communication, problem solving, inquiry, computational thinking and global fluency.

They learned more about the digital badge program, which will allow educators who participate in the HP Catalyst Academy to share their accomplishments with their colleagues as well as current and future employers. They also talked about innovative ways to assess participants’ progress in the mini-courses to ensure the credibility of the curricula and map to the badging process.

Visit www.catalyst-academy.org to learn more about the online mini-courses that will launch in June.  Compelling topics range from game design for learning and helping students change their world through app design to project-based learning with real-world problems and strategies for formative assessment through e-portfolios. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about many of the mini-courses in poster sessions at ISTE 2013. Watch this blog and the conference schedule for more details.

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