At ThinkTank a few days back, I had the opportunity to sit-in on the Education Research Initiative (ERI) Board of Advisors meeting. It was a great opportunity to hear about many of the wonderful projects underway. Through ERI, a partnership with Intel and Microsoft, Lenovo seeks to gain insight into technology’s impact on the learning environment. Utilizing quantitative and qualitative research, the initiative seeks to measure the effect of technology on the learning experience from grade one through college. In its initial year, ERI established core research programs at four global educational institutes:
- The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Center for Faculty Excellence in Chapel Hill, NC How can research faculty members be trained to become more effective instructors without sacrificing research?
- The Student Global Leadership Institute (SGLI) at the Punahou School in Honolulu, HI Does multinational collaboration lead to improved outcomes for high school students and teachers?
- The Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership in North Melbourne, Australian How effective is administrative leadership development for teachers?
- The Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, CA Are technology-based after school programs effective academically and socially?
In addition to these sites, ERI is also sponsoring research of input methods for students with dyslexia, cloud computing and higher education, synchronous vs. asynchronous online lectures, and others. While in future posts, I want to explore some of the other initiatives, today I will focus on SGLI, as the second year of this program is just underway on the campus of the Punahou School. Having grown from eight schools representing two countries to fifteen schools from five countries, this program gathers students from around the world to participate in a project-based, collaborative study of global leadership in the context of social change and sustainability. During the initial year, the students focused on economic and environmental issues of water, and the content theme for this year is energy.
As part of the program, all of the students meet in Hawai'i at the Wo International Center. Here the students participate in a two-week curriculum which features workshops on leadership, presentations by experts in the field of sustainable energy, and cultural exchange. After this period of face-to-face collaboration and learning, each of the teams will return to their schools and communities, where they will implement projects developed during their time at Punahou. The students will continue to collaborate and share online using social networking tools, including updates via guest-blogger posts on Lenovo Education. In my last year of teaching Calculus at Cary Academy, I had the great fortune to teach a student who had been a part of the inaugural class of SGLI. In conversations about her experiences, it was clear that this institute had a profound impact on her and that she developed a real sense of community around the work she did with the other student leaders from across the globe.
|Cary Academy*||United States|
|Lakeside School||United States|
|Noble and Greenough School||United States|
|Phillips Exeter Academy*||United States|
|St. Paul’s School||United States|
|Sidwell Friends School*||United States|
|Punahou School*||United States|
|Beijing Huiwen High School*||China|
|High School Affiliated to Fudan University*||China|
|High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China*||China|
|The Second High School Attached to Beijing Normal University*||China|
|International Christian University High School||Japan|
|Gakushuin Girls’ Junior and Senior High School||Japan|
|* - Schools which participated in SGLI 2010|