Mission America: The Road to Revolution (working title) is an adventure game (the first in a proposed series of ten) that immerses middle school-aged students and game players in historical events and personalities in colonial Boston during the years leading up to the American Revolution. The game is one seven prototype projects funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s $20 million the American History and Civics Initiative, which seeks to develop multi-platform interactives that will engage youth in deepening their knowledge of history and civics.
EDC is conducting a two-year pilot study to address critical methodological challenges inherent in doing longitudinal research linking informal science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experiences and school achievement: first, addressing selection bias through careful selection of a comparison group that is comparable to the intervention group, and second, developing a qualitative design that both complements and extends the quantitative data collected.
Eyes on Bullying is a national, multimedia bullying prevention program designed to provide parents and caregivers with user-friendly and effective ways to learn the essential principles of bullying prevention. The multimedia program, initially developed for IBM employees, includes a 42-page Toolkit with key information, resources, and six skill-building activities for caregivers and parents to use with children.
TEACH-VIP is a comprehensive violence and injury prevention and control curriculum, developed by the World Health Organization and a global network of experts, covering a wide range of topics, designed to be delivered as face-to-face training. To make this curriculum more widely available, EDC created an instructional design approach for conversion of the face-to-face exercises and materials into an electronic, self-paced format with interactive lessons for the World Wide Web and CD-ROM.
HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HPLIFE) is partnering with EDC to train students, entrepreneurs, and small business owners to apply IT and business skills so they can establish and grow a business, build successful companies, and create jobs. EDC supports program participants with training and a variety of resources. Features of the program’s e-learning website are highlighted in this video.
Nearly 1,000 Boston Public School students from 15 schools are part of a multimedia project called Adobe Youth Voices which lets youths tackle issues important to them, such as quitting smoking and healthy eating. Boston is one of several cities from around the globe involved in the program, which EDC helps implement for the Adobe Foundation.
A free electronic tool that quickly and accurately measures the reading progress of young children is now available for use by teachers in the developing world. An adaptation of USAID’s paper-based Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA), eEGRA was created by EDC and runs in Microsoft’s Excel spreadsheet software.
Public Television Channel THIRTEEN (WNET/NY) is launching Flight to Freedom, its second free interactive history game in its “Mission US” series. An EDC study of the first game in the series found “measurable gains in students’ historical knowledge and skills,” and found positive feedback from teachers.
EDC co-sponsored a special report on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in USA Today that appeared over New Year’s weekend. The report, prepared by Media Planet, was distributed in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and Cleveland, reaching more than three million readers.
Shari Kessel Schneider discusses the methodology of EDC’s research concerning the sending of explicit text messages (“sexting”) by teens who took part in the MetroWest (MA) Adolescent Health Survey. The biannual survey is funded by the MetroWest Health Foundation.