Noguchi TAB Program

The Edge Project was an initiative of Global Kids, Inc., funded by the MacArthur Foundation. It aimed to expand the capacity of civic and cultural institutions to use digital media as innovative educational platforms that engage youth in learning and promote youth civic participation.

More specifically, the Edge Project was interested in civic and cultural institutions bringing cutting-edge digital media into their youth educational programs. It was equally interested in where this type of programming can be a disruptive force challenging the educators and/or the institutional cultural to work on the edge of their comfort level.

At the end of the day, we wanted to better understand the following question: How do institutions find their balance working on this edge?

Global Kids' Edge Projects explored this and other questions over two years (2009-2011) through a series of short-term educational programs developed and implemented in partnership with a variety of national civic and cultural institutions that are exemplars within their communities of practice:


  • The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (Charlotte, NC)
  • Dane County Jail (Madison, WI)
  • The Field Museum (Chicago, IL)
  • Jail North (Charlotte, NC)
  • Madison Public Library (Madison, WI)
  • MOUSE (NY, NY)
  • The Museum For African Art (NY, NY)
  • The New York Public Library (NY, NY)
  • The Noguchi Museum (NY, NY)
  • The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington, D.C.)

This report will offer the following:

Today I had the opportunity to speak at the #140edu conference at the 92nd Street Y. It's a great gathering where presenters have 15 minutes to address the intersection of digital media and learning.

I decided to talk about our Edge Projects, as we now come to a close after two years, and do so in dialogue... with an animated character produced in advance.


Here is the video:

Actually, that was a video we produced after the event to correct for some unfortunate audio malfunctions during the presentation. However, if you would like to see Barry actually speaking under and to his avatar, please watch this:

Below you can read some of the live comments sent from the audience via Twitter during the presentation:

Global Kids and the Noguchi Museum staff discuss digital media, open end projects and choice making at the February, 2011 Face to Face Conference on the topic "Who Decides? Students and Choicemaking". A group of educators watch the student's work and ask some questions.

First, watch the video produced by the youth:

Now, watch the presentation ABOUT the video...