Generation YES, the leader in student-led technology learning, and Oba, a global cloud-based learning platform provider of the University of Oregon, announced a partnership that will teach students to lead online learning efforts in their schools. Together, Generation YES and Oba will deliver a free interactive project-based online curriculum to train Student Technology Leaders (STLs) from grades 4-12 to lead and support technology efforts in their schools.
Dr. Dennis Harper, founder and CEO of Generation YES, believes in empowering students through technology and creating opportunities for kids to be responsible. "Technology and online learning are essential in today's school environment," Harper says. "Yet teachers often don't have time to learn how to use new tools and integrate them to improve student learning. Our proven model guides students through a structured program that teaches them not just how online learning works, but how to help teachers and peers get onboard."
Luckily, Harper is not the only one who believes that students should take charge of their learning. Dr. Yong Zhao, the University of Oregon's first Presidential Chair for Academic Extension and an internationally known scholar, author, and speaker, believes that "education should always start from the child. When children are willing to take risks and responsibility to manage their learning and their lives as their own enterprises and develop a global perspective, they will live a fulfilling and happy life."
Zhao is Oba's founder and visionary; he and his staff have developed ObaWorld, an engaging and secure, social platform in the cloud in which global learners are encouraged to innovate, collaborate, and build community by sharing their ideas and talents. Generation YES and Oba's partnership provides Generation YES member schools with access to ObaWorld at no cost, and vice versa, for up to 30 users per school.
While Generation YES provides the training curriculum and support resources for student Oba Ambassadors, ObaWorld serves as the platform on which STLs create and showcase their projects as well as collaborate with their peers. "I look forward to seeing what students can do on ObaWorld and the directions in which they take their projects," Harper says. "It will be exciting to see students provide leadership in using technology in their own schools." Generation YES and Oba have announced this exciting opportunity to their members and anticipate 40% of their member schools will benefit from this free offer within the first month.
Empowering students and teachers to use technology to improve education in their own school is the mission of Generation YES. With its school-friendly online tools and innovative project-based curriculum, Generation YES builds a collaborative learning community that enables student leaders in grades 4-12 to work alongside their teachers as technology integration collaborators. Generation YES (www.genyes.org) is a nonprofit organization with nearly 15 years of research experience and proven scientific results showing that when schools trust and collaborate with their students to integrate technology then academic success follows.
Oba seeks to develop students into future leaders, transform schools, and revolutionize global education. Oba's premier educational platform, ObaWorld (www.obaworld.net), provides an open and safe environment in which learners from around the world are encouraged to innovate, collaborate, and build community by sharing their ideas and talents. ObaWorld is specifically designed for K12 institutions and includes online course management, social networking, portfolio management, virtual classroom meeting spaces, and more.