Awards Season at East Austin College Prep

June 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

How better to end a year of hard work in school than with awards, a showcase, and of course, free snacks?  Last week, lucky students at East Austin College Prep got to do just that!

On Thursday, June 2nd, East Austin College Prep held their second annual Globey Awards Ceremony.  The ceremony recognized the student winners of various awards related to their achievement in the Globaloria program such as “Best Blogger,” “Best Wiki Master,” “Best Game,” and “Best Programmer.”

Globaloria is an innovative program created by the World Wide Workshop and is supported at East Austin College Prep by Southwest Key Programs and the AMD Foundation.   Globaloria provides a social network for learning through an online program that teaches students to create their own computer games, wikis, and blogs.  Students learn the basics and applications of these digital innovations by experiencing their creation first hand, or in other words, learning by doing.

In the 2010-2011 school year, 200 sixth and seventh graders at East Austin College Prep took daily Globaloria lessons to create web games that focused on a wide variety of topics.  From math and science concepts to tackling social issues such as poverty, homelessness, obesity, climate change, and recycling, the Globaloria game program allowed students to find a creative way to teach themselves and others.  Play some of the 2011 Globey-winning games!

Through the Globaloria curriculum, students learn to research, design, program, and present their ideas digitally.  As the world becomes increasingly more digitized, students at East Austin College Prep are getting a head start on their peers by learning how to successfully create programs and interact on the web.  The skills they learn here will prepare them for high school, college, and their careers beyond.

– Kelle Kampa
Communications Intern

Entry filed under: East Austin Children's Promise, EAustin College Prep Academy, Education.

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