[why] Global Kids Brings Kofi Annan into Whyville


On March 20, 2008, Global Kids brought a live simulcast of Kofi Annan receiving an award from the MacArthur Foundation into a variety of virtual worlds.

One of the highlights was working in Whyville for the first time. We had no idea what we would fine and were thrilled with the results. 181 kids visited the Greek Theater in Whvyille during the event, and 87 of them chatted at least 1 phrase. Jen, from Numedeon, and her tech team worked with Amira and myself to facilitate the event, using a combination of scaffolded questions and polls we had prepared in advance. While we facilitated the text conversation the tweens watched the live streamed video on the same Web page they used for viewing Whyville.

The staff at Global Kids were pretty inspired by the level of engagement and awareness the event generated amongst the youth.

The following are some highlights from the transcript of the event:

  • YAY THANKS WE NEED HUMAN RIGHTS GOOOO KOFI U ROCK!!!!!!!!
    Kofi Annan is very inspiring to youth everywhere! Keep it up!

  • I THINK We should have big discussions about topics like this every week so we can express our opinions about it!
  • I WANT TO HEAR ABOUT THE FAMOUS PEPLE OF HUMAN RIGHTS
  • spread the world all around whyville and make a human rights game on whyville
  • They should come back to whyville, they are telling us things, no, teaching us things that we need to know for our future
  • THANK YOU GLOBAL KIDS FOR EVERYTHING YOU HAVE TAUGHT ME!!!! BYE AND THANKS FOR INFORMING US!!!!!!!!!!
  • The women who started the first women's baseball team, fought for their rights to be able to be girls to play baseball.
  • i resently had to do a project on the Holocaust. i helped me understand LIFE a lot better. and now i APPRECIATE life!!
  • Human Rights are very important. Everyone should make a difference by telling someone about this topic.

    The following are some more highlights from the event, but through screenshots:

    The tweens welcome us:

    Responding to questions about what Kofi Annan has done:

    Responding to questions about what is the United Nations:

    Debating the importance of various human rights. Note live poll in center:

    Appreciating human rights:

    Do you think they liked Kofi Annan?

    Appreciating the International Criminal Court:

    Responding to questions about what youth can do to fight for human rights:

    Discussing public figures who have inspired them:

    What they learned from attending the day’s event:

    Do they want Global Kids to return to Whyville? It’s 22 to 3:

    View all of the photos on our Flickr set or watch a short video of the event below:

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