There is an old saying that says "a child shall lead them." Well in our case, it is not "a child" but approximately 1,000 teens and young adults in Globaloria classes across the state of West Virginia. These young people are leading their peers and indeed our nation in harnessing Web 2.0 tools and mastering the 21st Century skills they need to compete and collaborate in a global marketplace and make our world a better place.
Globaloria educators have taken on the critically important role of guiding their students' learning, and clearing a path for their students to lead. These dedicated teachers and the visionary principals, superintendents, and state officials who support them are utilizing Globaloria and it's learning-by-doing approach to prepare their students for academic success, workforce readiness, and civic participation.
The revolution in learning that is going on within Globaloria classrooms throughout West Virginia has not only attracted national foundations and corporate sponsors, but it's also drawn the attention of key leaders in the federal government. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the White House National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), the US Department of Education's Office of Innovation, the FCC's National Broadband Taskforce, and the National Ed Tech Plan Working Group are all extremely interested in Globaloria and the work that each and every one of you are doing in your blogs and on your wiki pages.
National government leaders are interested in highlighting Globaloria as an innovative case study for how to effectively utilize broadband and our web-based game design curriculum to increase children's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills and contemporary learning abilities, and improve standardized test scores. There is also tremendous interest in showcasing Globaloria as an exemplary scalable model for state-wide and nation-wide education reform and transformation.
It is often said that children make up 20% of our population, but they represent 100% of our future. Thanks to the courageous students, educators, and supporters of Globaloria, the future of our nation, the survival of our planet, and the hope for a better tomorrow is looking brighter and much more promising.