The Totally Wired: How Technology is Changing Kids and Learning public forum, featured panelists Henry Jenkins, Katie Salen & Howard Gardner, was held Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 5:30-7:00 pm EST, at the Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Hosted by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to celebrate the publication of the MacArthur Series on Digital Media and Learning. The panel was introduced by Jonathan Fanton, MacArthur President, and moderated by Connie Yowell, MacArthur's Director of Education.


This event was streamed live into the virtual world of Second Life on the main grid at the University of Southern California's Annenberg sim and within the teen grid on the Global Kids island. Below you can watch the video from the live event (we apologize in advance for a few microphone glitches):

[conf] Teen Chat from 12.12.07 MacArthur Stream 

The Totally Wired: How Technology is Changing Kids and Learning public forum featured panelists Henry Jenkins, Katie Salen & Howard Gardner, was held Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 5:30-7:00 pm EST, at the Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Below is the abridged transcript from the teens who were watching on the Global Kids Estate. While watching the stream they discussed the topics as they were raised, such as:
- Web sites blocked at schools
- The concept of being a digital native
- The relevance of testing

Jonathan Fanton, the President of the MacArthur Foundation, announced yesterday their creation of the MacArthur Award for International Justice, as well as its first recipient: Kofi Annan. The new award provides Annan with $100,000 for his own work and invites him to suggest an additional $500,000 in support for an eligible non-profit organization working on international justice issues.

The award ceremony will take place in March and will be simulcast on the Web and in Second Life by Global Kids, in partnership with the University of Southern California, as part of MacArthur's year exploring the role of philanthropy within virtual worlds.

From: "The Case for an International System of Justice," Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the National Press Club, Washington, December 10, 2007

[Conf] Totally Wired: How Technology is Changing Kids and Learning 

Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 5:30-7:00 pm EST

Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

A PUBLIC FORUM on how digital media is changing how young people learn and play, featuring:

Henry Jenkins, Professor, MIT, and author of Convergence Culture, will talk about his latest work on media literacy and skills young people need for the 21st Century.

Katie Salen, Professor, Parsons the New School for Design, and game designer, will discuss the new public school based on design and games she is opening in New York City.

Howard Gardner, Professor, Harvard University, and author of Five Minds for the Future, will talk about the ethical implications of growing up online.

A reception will follow:
Upstairs on the Square, 91 Winthrop Street, Cambridge, MA 02135

Transcript of USC presentation 

Transcript of USC presentation

[18:03] Tori Annenberg: Hi Everyone
[18:03] Tori Annenberg: Welcome
[18:03] Tori Annenberg: If you have not done so already, please play your video
[18:04] Tara5 Oh: just a sec let me see if i have enough CPU to do it while logged in
[18:04] Tara5 Oh: they are quite large files
[18:04] Tori Annenberg: This event is hosted by Common Sense Media, the MacArthur Foundation, Global Kids, and USC Annenberg School.
[18:05] Titian Littlething: sound is terrible?
[18:06] Tori Annenberg: This event will be a streamed panel. Please feel free to chat along side the panel presentations.
[18:06] Tara5 Oh: nice!
[18:06] Titian Littlething: is anyone able to understand this?
[18:07] PsyBorg Leonov: what ?
[18:07] Tori Annenberg: We will not be streaming this back to the live audience, however we will make this conversation available after the event and hope to have an equally engaging conversation here in SL.

[Conf] Coverage of the "What Are Kids Learning in Virtual Worlds?" conference 

November 14th, at 6:00 p.m. PST, Barry Joseph will be presenting as part of What Are Kids Learning in Virtual Worlds? conference being held at the University of Southern California.

The LIVE SIMULCAST of this event can be viewed on the Web here.

Additionally, this event is being live simulcast into Second Life at Annenberg Island and Teen Second Life on Global Kids Serious Gaming sim.

We will post additional information and coverage of the event below as it comes in.

Here is a videolog taken over the course the day by Barry Joseph, in which he asks everyone he meets: "When you hear the phrase virtual worlds, what comes to mind?"

[Conf] Virtual Worlds Education Watch Here 

What Are Kids Learning In Virtual Worlds?

Wednesday, November 14th, 6:00 p.m. PST
Davidson Conference Center, University of Southern California
3415 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California

Watch the live stream here:

This stream will be active during the event only.

[conf] Barry speaks today to the Non-Profit Commons 

I was invited today to share our work at GK in virtual worlds with the folks attending the regular meetings at the Nonprofit Commons. It was a nice opportunity to speak with others about all we are doing.

[VVP] VVP's Premier Party Video Now Showing!! 

The Virtual Video Project screening of "A Child's War" took place this September at the Museum of Moving Image. Watch the whole presentation below as teens and staff speak about their experience creating Machinima on Second Life. We are so proud of the teens!!! Many thanks again for the Museum of Moving Image for making this possible.

[conf] Bringing Virtual Reality to the field of Media Literacy 

This weekend I (Rafi Santo, that is. This blog has many authors... smile.gif) had the honor of presenting at MIT for a conference titled Teaching and Learning in a Media Saturated World, a gathering aimed at bringing together k-12 educators who care about media literacy. Along with fellow talented GKer Amira Fouad, I was given an opportunity to speak about education in virtual environments, and specifically how these environments, when utilized correctly, are natural vehicles for the acquisition of new media literacies by teens. Thankfully, my presentation immediately followed the keynote of Henry Jenkins [mp3], so the audience of about 30 was well primed in regards to the conceptual framework of new media literacies. I've posted the video of our presentation, titled "Virtual Worlds, Real Skills", below.

Just to warn, it runs for about a half an hour.