Global STEMx Education Will Accelerate With Launch of New HP Catalyst Academy, Developed in Collaboration with ISTE and New Media Consortium

4/15/2013 12:00:00 AM

Academy Fellows to Provide Free, High Quality, Online Learning Experiences to Educators around the Globe

São Paulo, BRAZIL – April 15, 2013 – Today an unprecedented global collaboration designed to accelerate STEMx* education was announced by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) and the New Media Consortium (NMC). The 2013 HP Catalyst Summit in São Paulo, attended by more than 120 educators and policy leaders from 15 countries, marks the launch of 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, which was launched in 2010 to support innovations in STEMx teaching and learning. To date, 56 organizations in 15 countries have received grants from HP to explore how emerging technologies and great teaching can be combined to create powerful STEMx learning experiences for more than 130,000 students around the globe.

Beginning in June 2013, the HP Catalyst Academy will offer its first set of online mini-courses, covering a wide range of topics such as digital fabrication, computational thinking, remote labs, game design and social media. The mini-course leaders, known as HP Catalyst Fellows, are working with HP’s education partners, ISTE and the NMC, to develop these innovative online professional learning experiences. Through a grant process, HP Catalyst identified this group of established STEMx trailblazers who have experience and excellent track records in developing and launching large-scale projects that positively impact thousands of teachers and students.

"The mini-courses offered by the HP Catalyst Academy will expand the reach of our collaboration with HP and the NMC exponentially to reach even more educators around the globe," said Brian Lewis, CEO, ISTE."The possibilities are boundless. For example, a secondary math teacher in South Africa can participate with numerous other educators from around the world in a mini-course offered by an Academy Fellow in Ireland. This takes the acceleration of STEMx education to a whole new level."

"We live in a global economy that increasingly demands a highly skilled workforce of critical thinkers and problem-solvers," said Jeannette Weisschuh, director, Office of Global Social Innovation, HP. "Through the Academy, we are extending the best practices learned by educators at HP Catalyst Initiative sites to their colleagues around the world."

“The NMC is excited to be part of the HP Catalyst Academy and work closely with HP and ISTE,” said Dr. Larry Johnson, NMC CEO. “The professional development opportunities are designed to be completely practical and forward-thinking. They really have the capacity to transform STEMx teaching and learning as we know it.”

The professional learning that the Academy's first 15 Fellows will offer to educators around the globe support the development of a wide-range of STEMx skills. For example, Fellow Debbie Forster and her team from Apps for Good will introduce educators to their approach to teaching young people about the world by expecting them to change it. Participants will learn how to work with students to develop mobile applications that solve real world problems by being matched online with professional designers, developers and entrepreneurs. Ultimately, HP Catalyst Academy learners will discover a new way of teaching IT, applying a student-driven, problem-solving learning approach and following lean start-up and agile software development principles.

The 15 inaugural HP Catalyst Academy Fellows are:

  • Samantha Becker, NMC, Austin, Texas
  • Alex Chisholm, Learning Games Network, Inc., Cambridge, Mass.
  • Dr. Phillip Davis, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Debbie Forster, CDI Apps for Good, London, United Kingdom
  • Michael Furdyk, Taking It Global, Toronto, Ontario
  • Ananda Gunawardena, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Betty Hurley-Dasgupta, SUNY Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
  • Neil Roy Ingram, University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Kemi Jona, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
  • Frank V. Kowalski and Susan E. Kowalski, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colo.
  • Sherry Lassiter, The Fab Foundation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Tonia Lovejoy, Reach the World, New York, N.Y.
  • Anthony Maddox, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • Mano Talaiver, Institute for Teaching Through Technology & Innovative Practices, Longwood University, Farmville, Va.
  • Krista Wright, Polar Bears International, Bozeman, Mont.

To explore the HP Catalyst Academy's professional learning opportunities, visit www.catalyst-academy.org. Applications for the second cohort of HP Academy Fellows are now being accepted. For more information, go to www.hp.com/go/hpcatalyst.

Note for Editors: For years we have referred to STEM education -- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math -- but in today's flat world the definition must be much broader. It must include disciplines like computer science, nanoscience and, biotech as well as critical skills such as collaboration, creativity, communication, problem solving, inquiry, computational thinking and global fluency. Thus, to expand the definition to encompass the wide range of skills and knowledge requisite for success in the high-tech world of work and global citizenship, the HP Catalyst Initiative has created the acronym, STEMx.

About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through the innovative and effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. Home to ISTE’s annual conference and exposition and the widely adopted NETS, ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide. For more information, visit iste.org.

About the New Media Consortium

The New Media Consortium (NMC) is an international not-for-profit consortium of learning-focused organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies. For 20 years, the NMC and its members have dedicated themselves to exploring and developing potential applications of emerging technologies for learning, research, and creative inquiry. For more information on the NMC, visit www.nmc.org.

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