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NYC Haunts at MS 391 - Barry Lyga visits!  



Barry Lyga with NYC Haunts Youth at MS 391

This week Global Kids Leaders at MS 391 were treated with a special visit from author Barry Lyga. Continuing from the work they have been doing thus far in developing a story for their new game, Barry led a great lesson on character and narrative. The youth participated in exercises that improved their descriptive language and encouraged them to think of alternative ways to modernize basic story premises.

NYC Haunts at MS 391 - Barry Lyga visits!  



Barry Lyga with NYC Haunts Youth at MS 391

This week Global Kids Leaders at MS 391 were treated with a special visit from author Barry Lyga. Continuing from the work they have been doing thus far in developing a story for their new game, Barry led a great lesson on character and narrative. The youth participated in exercises that improved their descriptive language and encouraged them to think of alternative ways to modernize basic story premises.

NYC Haunts at MS 391 - Barry Lyga visits!  



Barry Lyga with NYC Haunts Youth at MS 391

This week Global Kids Leaders at MS 391 were treated with a special visit from author Barry Lyga. Continuing from the work they have been doing thus far in developing a story for their new game, Barry led a great lesson on character and narrative. The youth participated in exercises that improved their descriptive language and encouraged them to think of alternative ways to modernize basic story premises.

NYC Haunts at MS 391 - Barry Lyga visits!  



Barry Lyga with NYC Haunts Youth at MS 391

This week Global Kids Leaders at MS 391 were treated with a special visit from author Barry Lyga. Continuing from the work they have been doing thus far in developing a story for their new game, Barry led a great lesson on character and narrative. The youth participated in exercises that improved their descriptive language and encouraged them to think of alternative ways to modernize basic story premises.

Preparations for Summer Civic Geocaching Program Begin 

Preparations for the Global Kids Civic Geocaching Program, a two-week summer intensive, began last week. The OLP staff headed out for the day to Prospect Park, in Brooklyn, to build our geocaching capacity. Beginning at the Brooklyn Public Library, with whom we are partnering on the project, we searched for three geocaches and had three successful finds:

NYC Haunts at Seward Park - Play Testing! 



Queena and Cindy guide us through the investigation.

It's appropriate that on the eve of International Women's Day these young ladies toured the streets of Seward Park with iPads in hand testing the mobile game they designed on women's labor rights. Youth leaders Cindy and Queena along with Global Kids staff member Joliz Cedeño and librarian Johanna Lewis spent yesterday ensuring that the game - tentatively titled "Ghost and Found" - not only highlighted some of the interesting sights in the neighborhood but explored the history of the area through its characters. The narrative follows the detective on the hunt for a missing girl. Through his investigation he learns about the issues immigrant women faced finding safe working conditions in the early 1900s.

GK at DML 2012 

Last week, Global Kids and Global Kids' work was presented at the third annual Digital Media and Learning Conference, in San Francisco. Global Kids organized one panel, which featured three of our staff member, two of our partners (New York Public Library and NYU's Games For Learning Institute), and three of our programs. We co-ran a table for HASTAC at the Mozilla Science Fair, where we spoke about three of our programs. And Myrna Rubel, a middle school principal, spoke on a second panel about our collaboration through a badging system.

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Example of Youth/Game Designer Collaboration in Playing For Keeps 

As the Global Kids Youth Leaders are set to launch their first Social Impact Game Design challenge with E-Line Media, we thought an example of their close collaboration would be of interest.

Below is the banner, designed by the youth within Gamestar Mechanic, that was shared with E-Line's designers:

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It shows two forces in confrontation and a protagonist caught in the middle, protecting the resources desired by the two.

Below is the final banner designed by the awesome crew at E-Line:

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It was adapted for this button, as well:

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Global Kids presenting at the Digital Media and Learning Conference 

GK panel at DML 2012 Last week, Global Kids and Global Kids' work was presented at the third annual Digital Media and Learning Conference, in San Francisco.

Global Kids organized one panel, which featured three of our staff member, two of our partners (New York Public Library and NYU's Games For Learning Institute), and three of our programs. We co-ran a table for HASTAC at the Mozilla Science Fair, where we spoke about three of our programs. And Myrna Rubel, a middle school principal, spoke on a second panel about our collaboration through a badging system.

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

Reflections On the Power of Social Media from an Atlas Fellow at Global Kids 

For the past year, Melat Tekletsadik worked at Global Kids, as an Atlas Corp Fellow. In her recent blog post reviewing the lessons she learned working at Global Kids before returning to Ethiopia, she addresses how much she learned about the role of information technology in non-profits sector for quality delivery of programs and projects: