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Global Kids Partners with the World Bank Institute to Create a Virtual Quiz Show
We are happy to announce that Global Kids has partnered with the World Bank Institute (WBI) to produce an innovative professional development training that took place in Singapore last month: a quiz show built in the virtual world of Second Life.
The World Bank Institute is the capacity building, training arm of the World Bank Group that “connects practitioners, networks and institutions to help them find solutions to their development challenges.” The virtual training activity was held in conjunction with a much longer course being offered by the World Bank Institute for about twenty municipal government officials from four different cities in Southeast Asia, gathered at a local university in Singapore. The goal of the Global Kids-produced training was to incorporate a virtual world activity into the course program, in a way that enhanced the learning of the government participants and that developed their virtual world skills for further collaborations and activities later on using these virtual tools.
Building upon our expertise with serious games, virtual contests, and professional development trainings, Global Kids developed a quiz show in the virtual world of Second Life. With the expert help of the developers at The Vesuvius Group, LLC, Global Kids created a unique and memorable experience for the government participants. Working in city teams, the participants became game show contestants, answering questions related to the course content, undertaking various virtual challenges, and competing to win prizes both virtual and real. To add verisimilitude, the virtual quiz show had all of the trappings of a television game show, from a simulated audience, to buzzers, a scoreboard, and a game show host.
We were pleased to see how engaged, excited and enthusiastic the participants were while playing the quiz show, laughing, clapping and cheering throughout. They were challenged to draw upon what they had learned during the course in new, creative ways, and to work together as teams. According to the course organizers, this was one of the most memorable parts of the entire course for the participants.
And this is just the beginning. Over the course of the year, there will be more opportunities for these government officials to connect with each other, share their experiences, and collaborate within the virtual world of Second Life.
Global Kids is honored to be working with the World Bank Institute on this truly innovative project. Our thanks to The Vesuvius Group, LLC for their professional virtual world development work that was instrumental in the success of this initiative.