The AIM Buddy Project team recently presented at the annual Association for Moral Education (AME) Conference held in December at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA. The conference theme was:
- “Civic Engagement: A Cultural Revolution?: The expanding definitions of ‘civic’ participation, their intersections with ethics, and the implications for education.”
The AME conference focused on highlighting the challenges and innovations in civic engagement in formal education, including the significance of new media.
The AIM media presentation was conducted by a three-person panel representing the AIM Buddy Project partnership—WGBH Educational Foundation (Cyrisse Jaffee, Editorial Project Manager and Gentry Menzel, Senior Digital Producer) and Institute of Applied Research in Youth Development (IARYD) at Tufts University (Lacey Hilliard, Research Professor).
The AIM team presented the design, implementation, and evaluation of the AIM materials while promoting the role of technology and interactive media as a powerful tool in helping support children’s character development, moral thinking, and social and emotional well-being.
- Gentry Menzel introduced the five interactive comics and game and the AIM program’s multi-phase development process. A focus was placed on specific components in the interactives that were developed to promote active engagement and thoughtful discussions from students.
- Cyrisse Jaffee described the AIM Buddy Project’s collaborative learning format as a central component to the AIM program and benefits this format can have on individual students, peer-relationships, and whole-school climate.
- And introduced the iterative development of the various program resources including the comprehensive Educator’s Guide, and Teacher Planning Videos.
- Lacey Hilliard, Research Professor (IARYD): reviewed the multi-tiered research methods, conditions, and instruments used in conducting the year-long research study and presented preliminary findings from the research analysis.
Stay tuned for more information on the preliminary research findings and for information on the January 18, 2017 launch of the AIM Buddy Project!