Global Kids Presenting Today at Digital Media and Learning Conference

Global Kids is thrilled to return today to the third annual Digital Media and Learning Conference, this year in San Francisco.

We will be presenting twice today. The first is a panel at 2:30 featuring our partners and our collaborators on Playing For Keeps, NYC Haunts, and Create 2 Learn:

Beyond Game Play: Developing Youth Identity as Civic Minded Game Designers

    In this panel, we will explore how games and game play can shape young people’s identities as game designers, with a focus on social and civic issues. Through innovative programs, youth are taught not just to interact with games, but to be part of an iterative process where they design games about issues such as climate change and human rights. In one program, Global Kids and the New York Public Library worked with youth to create a location-based game using mobile devices about local history and broader social issues. In another program, E-Line Media and Global Kids worked with youth to create social impact games, while introducing them to game professionals and having them teach other youth about game design. In a third program between New York University’s Games for Learning Institute and Global Kids, middle school girls designed games to teach their peers difficult math concepts. Lessons from these programs highlight how youth go beyond playing games to design and create games that shape their identities as both game designers and socially-responsible citizens.

After that, we will be rushing off to the Mozilla DML Science Fair, where you can find us at the HASTAC table talking about badges, youth designing game competitions, and youth creating mobile games with ARIS.

Finally, if you want to learn more about our badging programs, skip our 2:30 panel (as much as it pains me to say it) and instead head over to Featured Session IPE: Digital Innovation and Equity in Schools which will "bring together the viewpoints of various participants within schools to discuss opportunities, challenges, and experience with digital innovation in schools." One of those viewpoints is from Myra Rubel, the principal of the Atlanta middle school running our badging system, which she will talk about. Should be awesome!

Daria, Juan and I hope to see you there!