[conf] What Are Kids Learning in Virtual Worlds? 

Global Kids will be taking part in an upcoming MacArthur sponsored event entitled "what are Kids Learning in Virtual Worlds?" The event is open for anyone to attend and details are below. See you there!

What are kids learning in Virtual Worlds? The Wonders and the Worries

Club Penguin, Whyville, The Sims, Second Life.
You've heard these names, what do they mean for kids?
Hear from a panel of experts as they discuss:

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

  • What are kids really doing in virtual worlds?
  • How are they learning?
  • What does this mean for parents and educators?

November 14th, 2007
5:30 p.m. Registration
6:00-7:00 p.m. Panel Discussion
7:00-8:00 p.m. Reception and Tour of Virtual Worlds

On October 27th, 2007, Rafi Santo and Amira Fouad of Global Kids' Online Leadership Program will be presenting at the conference Teaching and Learning in a Media Saturated Culture. The conference is co-presented by MIT's Comparative Media Studies Program and Home, Inc., and will feature noted speakers such as Henry Jenkins, who heads the CMS program and writes about the conference here.

Global Kids will be presenting a seminar titled Virtual Worlds, Real Skills, which will discuss the ways that GK's Online Leadership Program integrates new media literacies that are increasingly important in allowing young people to not only thrive in a 21st century job market but to also be fully engaged in the civic and artistic aspects of our emerging participatory culture.

Looking forward to post about how it goes!

[blog] The Second City gets a dose of Second Life 

An article from the site New City Chicago covering the recent Second Life Community Convention, along with giving a brief history of SL and talking about some of the SLCC panels and speakers, spent time focusing on what they thought were some of the ways Second Life is being used as an educational platform which included Global Kids work within the Teen grid.

"Groups like Kids, who recently received a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, are using Teen Second Life to increase adolescent awareness of social-justice organizations and the way teens around the world live."

To read the full article, click here.

[conf] Microsoft's Research Group's Social Computing Symposium 

We were invited to attend the Microsoft Corporation's Research Group's Social Computing Symposium in Redmond, an invite-only event with around 80 or so folks from the for-profit, academic, and online world. There is an amazing collection of people here who have accomplished tremendous things in the online world over the past 20 years. It was great to meet a number of fellow MacArthur grantees whom I only know from MacArthur's Spotlight blog and exciting (intimidating?) to meet so many heroes from the field. For example, at lunch I had someone who made my favorite EPCOT rides on one side and on the other the fellow who created the Beast, the first ARP game back in 2000 that, more than anything else, indoctrinated me to the world of social computing.

Of most interest were the presentations - a combination of academic studies, web 2.0 product demos or reviews, and musings about the present and future of social computing. Presentations were short and, at the end of each day, we voted for those we most want to give back-to-back five minute "lightening round" presentations created on the spot. Very effective process.

From August 24-26, 2007, in Chicago, Global Kids coordinated the Non-profit and Philanthropy Thread at the Third Annual Second Life Community Convention.

This serves to collect all of our posts, photos, videos, audio, and more in one location. We will be adding to it over time, so please watch this space.

Teens listening to the SLCC Social Track on GK Island


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  • View all Global Kids' related photos and sets on Flickr
  • All Flickr photos with the thread tag: slcc07gk.
  • All Flickr photos posted to the the Second Life Community Convention pool
  • [sl/teen] My impressions on Interdependence Day V 

    Interdependence day - Mexico City

    Yesterday, I was given the opportunity to attend the first day of Interdependence Day V, a conference that’s taken place every year alter Sept. 11, 2001. This year, it’s taking place in Mexico City, which is where I live. =D

    Why Interdependence Day? After the Sept. 11 happenings (in the US), a lot of people have focused on discussing terrorism, war and loss. This conference proposes to think about the consequences of it all on interdependence: the dependence of individuals, groups and countries of each other.

    The reason why I was there yesterday is Second Life. There was a panel on the role of virtual worlds in this interdependence being streamed into the MG, and with participants both in-world and offline. It was very nice to see people that I’ve never spoken to but had actually heard of, like Mark Wallace (even if I didn’t recognize him right away). The presentations were brilliant. Sadly, a lot of the people in the audience, not getting to know the principles and practices in SL, were quick to openly classify virtual media as a set of banalities where all that 100% of the people care about is fashion and pornography.

    [conf] Barry presents to NSF LIFE Science of Learning Center 

    Barry presented OLP's work in Second Life to the NSF LIFE Science of Learning Center, in the College of Education, University of Washington.

    Barry presents to NSF LIFE Science of Learning Center

    [slcc] My SLCC Experience! 

    Hello everyone! As some of you may know, I was lucky enough to attend the Second Life Community Convention in Chicago this year with Global Kids. During my 3 day stay, I attended various panel discussions and even moderated a teen panel on Saturday about the CRC Machinima Camp that was held in Second Life. It was an absolute blast!

    A little while after I had arrived and checked into my room at the Chicago Hilton, Tabitha gave me a ring on my cell and gave me her room number - where we were set to practice for the panel the next day. By this time, Brooke Barmy and I had already met up in the lobby and had gone to explore the pub in the hotel, where we were reunited with my friend Saeya Nyanda (an adult resident), who I had met previously at SL Views in March. It was so nice to see her again! She introduced us to a few of her friends seated at the table with her - Haver Cole, Menno Ophelia, and Canimal Zephyr who were all very pleasant and welcoming. Afterward, we proceeded to go register and grab our swag. On the way, I met the lovely moo Money aka Machinima Guru for the first time as well as Aesop Thatch, who transferred to the Main Grid earlier this year. It was so nice to see their real life avatars up close!

    [slcc] Meghan's reflection from Chicago 

    This past weekend I traveled, along with GK staff and 3 of our fabulous youth leaders, Angela, Nafiza and Grace, to the third annual Second Life Community Convention (SLCC 2007) held in Chicago. We arrived Friday afternoon after a surprisingly easy flight! The unfortunate souls traveling in to town the night before were delayed for hours due to awful Chicago weather. Thankfully, the weather returned to normal for the weekend, and we had a glorious time.

    Friday night I attended the machinima social, followed by the volunteer meet’n’greet. These events were a wonderful combination of meeting up with old friends, and some intense social networking! As a former Linden employee, it was so great to finally see many of my old coworkers again and tell them more about the projects I’m working on here at Global Kids. I was also able to meet many of the people I’ve been working with through Global Kids, such as my roomie Cathy Arraguin and Youth Venture’s Adam Aberman! It’s so nice to be able to put a face with a name biggrin.gif

    [slcc] Tabitha's reflection from Chicago 

    From August 24 – 26th, 2007, GK staff traveled to Chicago along with Nafiza, Angela and Grace, three exceptional youth leaders from different after-school programs, to share their experience in Teen Second Life on the all-teen machinima panelists. What an amazing experience it was for us! It was my first time to Chicago. The beautiful architecture and the clean wide streets of Chicago made me felt right at home.

    Throughout the weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting folks from Linden Lab, representatives from other non-profit organizations doing youth work in Teen Second Life, and teens in Teen Second Life whom I’ve always enjoyed talking and working with but never had the opportunity to meet in-person.