[conf] GK at the GLS!

This morning Global Kids ran a half-hour teen panel (our second this summer) at the Games, Learning and Society Conference. Read the official panel description from the program here.

The panel was composed of two Global Kids leaders - Jonathan from Playing 4 Keeps and Angela from the Virtual Video Project - and a third teen, Lane, whom we know from Second Life (and whom we were excited to learn would be the conference). In addition, we worked with two teens in Second Life to speak.

After an activity in which audience members received one of six trading cards about various GK programs (and met each other to create full collections and learn about the programs) each teen presented.

Jonathan spoke about making a game in Second Life, CONSENT!, about unethical medical prison research (read his own account of his experience here.) Angela spoke about using Second Life to create machinima about obesity and then child soldiers in Uganda (read her great description here ). Lane then spoke about his anti-adult presence activities in Second Life life and how that led to a major policy change by Linden Lab read some of his thoughts).

During all these presentations, Second Life was on the screen, showing videos and slideshows in association with each presentation. Using both SL and Skype, Brooke Barmy then presented, about his experience last summer in Camp GK and, later, about being part of the Digital Refinery, the first all-teen SL development company. Storm Basiat was set to talk about teaching in SL, but while he could hear us in Skype we could not hear him.

Finally, the audience asked some excellent questions and the teens gave equally excellent answers. Over the course of the hour and a half the audience was introduced by teens to a broad range of case studies in how virtual worlds can be used to teach game design, movie making, civic engagement, global leadership development, youth entrepreneurship and more.

Unfortunately, having been told it would be recorded, we did not do so, and then it was not. :-( But everyone in attendance - about 60 people - seemed to have a good time.

We were proud of the role that each teen played. We also loved seeing, in the back row, Henry Jenkins and James Paul Gee in attendance, side by side, supporting teen voices on these important issues.

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