[conf] Global Kids a Gold Sponsor of first ever 24-Conference in Second Life 

Global Kids are a Gold Sponsor of the very first, 24-hour, Second Life International Best Practices in Education Conference. The conference will be held on May 25, 2007 in venues all over the Second Life, with exciting presentations, vendors and exhibitors exploring the possibilities for teaching, learning, and research in Second Life.

We will be on site and also have in-world copies of our UNICEF Summer Camp Comic Book to give away.

Details about the conference can be found here.

Make sure to look for us there!

[conf] NYLC posts photos of GK at the Conference 

Flickr photos have been posted of GK'ers Tabitha Tsai and Nafiza Akter at the National Service-Learning Conference in which they were part of a Youthwork in a Digital Age Workshop.

Youthwork in a Digital Age Workshop

The conference was also broadcast into Second Life. Thanks Ben and Tabitha!

Ben Batstone-Cunningham and Tabitha Tsai

View the rest of the photos here.

[Teen/VVP] National Service-Learning Conference 

Well, I was lucky to get the opportunity to travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico with Tabitha for the 18th annual National Service-Learning Conference. The conference was literally packed with people from all over the United States...and apparently there was supposed to be people from different countries as well, but I did not see any of them (or meet them). Or rather, the conference was not as diverse as I expected it to be. I guess, that is a little bit of a lie since I already knew the racial demographics of New Mexico. Nonetheless, everyone was very nice--much nicer than the typical New Yorker. In some way, I could consider myself to be more hostile than most of the people there. It was a little strange because...naturally I found it a little fishy when a stranger acted too nice (I blame New York), so when I was put in that situation I felt a little out of my element. Overall, it was a nice experience and it was great traveling with Tabitha.

[Teens] Filming the Global Kids Conference 

Friday was an interesting day. People went to the global conference but what I got to do was film the event!

So much fun handling that...beautiful...expensive...very expensive camera. It was amazing, the camera had depth of field focus and all sorts of beautiful features not available to me on my little camcorder. The Depth of field was what really amazed me its the one thing camcorders lack that I want so bad.

But now about the conference. It was a really exciting event. The performances were so powerful. My personal favorite was Queen God Is and what she said. I thought it was very passionate and powerful.

It was a joy to be there and aid in the filming of the event. Nice job GK!laughing.gif

The 18th Annual NYLC Service-Learning Conference, New Mexico 

This blog entry is a directory to content as we post it for the 18th Annual NYLC Service-Learning Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from March 28 - 30, 2007.

Those unable to attend the 18th Annual National Service-Learning Conference in Albuquerque can attend it LIVE in Second Life!

Residents of Second Life will be able to attend conference plenary sessions in real time at the Global Kids Island in Teen Second Life and at the NMC Teaching sim in Second Life’s community for adults.

"Speakers include Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and United Nations Messengers of Peace; Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympian and founder of the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation; Verna Cornelia Price, founder of the Girls in Action program; J. Robert Flores, Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; Kerri Strug, Special Advisor to the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and Olympian; and David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. More speakers will be announced as they are confirmed."

For more information on the 18th Annual NYLC Service-Learning Conference, please visit their website by clicking here.

[sl] Global Kids annual youth conference in Second Life<br> 

The final event of our two week festivities celebrating the start of GK's second year in TSL was a day long youth conference, streamed live from New York City.

The Global Kids annual conference is always one of the highlights of the year - an all-day affair led by Global Kids youth leaders for over 600 teens. The topic this year was global environmental concerns.

We streamed the event into both Global Kids Island and, with the help of the NMC, to educators on the main grid as well. This was our first time handling every aspect of a live video feed into TSL on our own, and it went really smooth. We even had one of our youth leaders from the machinima program, Idan, run the camera all day. We were very pleased.

Below are some photos and the schedule for the day.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Registration and Breakfast

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Morning Plenary

[sl] UNICEF covers Global Kids Annual Conference 

UNICEF posted to their site a great write up on the Global Kids conference and various workshops held. Read the full text below or view it here.

At Global Kids Conference, high school students debate environmental issues


© UNICEF USA/2007/Gallegos

A participant at the 2007 Global Kids Annual Conference in New York takes notes during a workshop on water.

By Rachel Bonham Carter

NEW YORK, USA, 26 March 2007 – Six hundred teenagers gathered in New York on Friday to debate environmental issues at the 2007 Global Kids Annual Conference entitled, ‘Do you know where your environment is?’ While experts from UNICEF and other organizations helped to guide discussions, the event was entirely youth-organized and youth-led. 

[vvp/teens] Jack and Nafiza's presentation 

Thursday's class involved a practice presentation for Jack and Nafiza. This Friday will be the Global Kids youth conference and at this conference Nafiza and Jack will be hosting a workshop. As we all know these kinds of things are really nerve racking so I think a little practice wouldn’t hurt. Luckily that was exactly what Jack and Nafiza got to do on Thursday. Their presentation was very good, they both had presence which is really important. Their presentation was well done, the only thing I think needs improvement is the explanation of the directions. I notice most of us at one point or another were confused on what it was we were supposed to be doing and why. Besides that the overall presentation was good. Nice job guys! laughing.gif

[VVP/Teens] Jack and Nafiza's presentation 

Last class Jack and Nafiza practiced their presentation that they were going to present on Friday at the GK youth conference. Their presentation was very good. It went rather smoothly, I think it was because they knew us well and we were all close. I hope it goes well when they are presenting in front of strangers XD. I also really liked the way that their presentation had so many hands on activity. The only thing wrong with the presentation I believe was that their instructions for the activities need a bit more detail because a lot of people were lost or confused during the activities. Other than that it was pretty good =D

Guests from NYLC and Learn and Serve America 

Jim Kielsmeier, Founder and CEO of National Youth Leadership Council, along with Amy Cohen, Director of Learn & Serve America at the Corporation for National and Community Service, and Bradford Lewis, Program Officer for Learn & Serve America at the Corporation for National and Community Service, talked with residents for the first time in Teen Second Life on a live audio panel on Wednesday, March 21, 2007.

The 90 minutes panel featured a discussion on "Service-learning in America, what does it mean and why is it important?", and was well received by over 45 teens that dropped by to listen in. Mercury Metropolitan was asked to be the teen interviewer and moderator for the event.

Each guest shared about their experience in the service-learning sector, talked about their work abroad and provided vivid real-life examples on how teens are making the world a better place by serving their local schools, communities, and volunteer work.

The audio and virtual avatar interactions made it possible for teens from different parts of the United Kingdom and U.S.A. to participate and ask questions on how they can get invovled in real life, while some even managed to make friends with the guests after the panel ended.