I have founded Apollo’s Vision Computer Clubs four years ago. I got the inspiration from an article: “Entry Point to Twenty First Century Learning – A Call for Action at the Local and Global Level”, written by Seymour Papert and David Cavallo, of the Future of Learning Group at the M.I.T. Media Lab. As I witnessed a grim reality of educational decline, in particular in the state I live in— California, Dr. Papert and David Cavallo’s article provided a glimpse of hope and an encouragement for action. In their own words: “This call for action is written for activists and thinkers who have had, or dream of having, the privilege of being able to build visions of what learning could become in a globally connected world rich in ubiquitous digital technologies.” This call is based on the recognition that education will undergo a radical change as a result of the proliferation of technology in every aspect of our life. In wake of these new demanding needs, they call for the creation of a “Learning Hub”—an “out of the box” pilot of an innovative learning environment, headed by a group of “local activists” that can research, develop, and guide others to achieve successful models of learning.
The creation of Apollo’s Vision is the result of this call. I wanted to create an after-school club, modeling the original clubhouse created by M.I.T. in 1993. Due to financial difficulties to open an actual place, Apollo’s Vision’s focus has shifted to offering technological expertise for schools that have recognized the need to prepare their students for the requirements of the twenty first century. For the last four years, I have worked with Napa Street Elementary School at Northridge, California and helped them create a successful program that covered: Robotics, Game Design, Simulations, and Multimedia. The programs have had enormous success among students, who come from an economically-disadvantaged community. In addition to these programs, I helped create a successful Gifted and Talented (GATE) program, utilizing the most advanced technology tools in a project-based learning program.
The three links on the right pane provide additional information about Apollo’s Vision. A PowerPoint presentation describes the organization, its goals and mission. The second link takes you to the Apollo’s Vision website and the third link is a feature about model technology integration in after-school, created by the YouthLearn initiative at Education Development Center (EDC).
Click on Apollo's Vision Computer Clubs website for additional information
Click on the YouthLerarn Feature covering Apollo's Vision as a Model of Technology Integration in AfterSchools