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[P4K] Tour of CONSENT! game in Teen Second Life 

Global Kids Playing 4 Keeps teen Tashawna, part of the team who helped develop CONSENT!, takes us on a tour of the project that was created within Teen Second Life during 2006-07. She was asked to narrate it nearly a year after the game was completed. It was created in partnership with youth in the Global Kids after school program and youth developers in Teen Second Life.

In this simulation based on Harriet A. Washington's book "Medical Apartheid" you play as an African-American prisoner who has to make tough decisions about whether to choose to 'consent' and submit to medical experiments from the 1940s to the present.

The game was built within the virtual world of Teen Second Life.

Find out more information on our blog or the Global Kids website.

[Conf] Footage up from Sandbox Summit 

Video footage from this year's SandBox Summit now is up on YouTube. You can find the videos here.

Our own Barry Joseph gets to lead the "Show and Tell" portion of the Sandbox Summit!

[VVP] VVP Posts about the 2008 Election 

VVP Posts about the 2008 Election

Two days after the election, the Virtual Video Project students wrote their views about Obama being elected the next president of the United States.

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Something's Coming... From Lego 

As Teen Second Life continues to fail to deliver on its potential, I am as frustrated as ever by the lack of competition. But today I learned of a bright light in the distance.

While there are many interesting and entertaining virtual worlds, and a handful with good opportunities for education, few offer ANY combination of affordances that make TSL such a powerful learning environment, such as:
- The ability to create items from scratch and direct them with internal code,
- The ability to sell or trade objects and afford the new owner the ability to modify them,
- Ownership of the intellectual property within their creations, etc.

Most youth-oriented worlds share a common set of tools - avatar creation, object collecting, communication tools, currency, a personalized "home” - but only Linden Lab has created a powerful tool for collective creativity, empowering its users/residents with tools required to construct the world around them and give shape to their dreams and desires.

That is, perhaps, until now (or some time in 2009), when Lego Universe is revealed, which to the best of my knowledge is a combination virtual world/MMOG (that is, it will be a creative, social space but also contain a larger narrative with points and missions).

The Seed of Giving 

Robert Sherman has been a long time supporter of Global Kids through his position as a program officer at the Surdna Foundation.

To acknowledge his recent change from the Foundation to Mercy Corps we created this visual thank you for planting so many of the seeds at the base of our work at Global Kids.

Thanks Robert!

Apple tree

[vvp/teen] My voice 

I feel really great about this 2008 election. It's the first time that I actually participated and cared about who becomes our president. I'm not sure why, maybe its because I'm older since the last election or because I know this election would make a huge difference and impact on everyone. On November 4th I watched Barack Obama win and become the president of the United States of America. I listened to his speech and I saw the thousands of people that united. They were all different races and many probably had different beliefs. I noticed that people have opened their eyes to see that we need a change in this country, and in order for that change to take place, they voted. I am glad to have been a part of history.

[vvp/teen] Sentiment Wall 

Hey, I'm the WarriorGal. Today I came to GK a bit late so I missed the "sentiment wall," but from what I heard, it was about sharing our ideas of the post election. I'm a Republican and I didn't really want Obama to win, however I really didn't want McCain to win either. It is time for a change, and I do believe that we can. That is why I support Obama more than I support McCain. Another reason I did not like McCain was because I really dislike Palin. I will miss President Bush, but I'm looking forward to the change Obama has promised us. Well, bye-bye!

~WarriorGal

[vvp/teen] First day of blogging 

Hi, I am Sabina. I am a high school junior. This is my second year in the Global Kids Virtual Video Project.
Today in VVP, we made a sentiment wall where we shared our ideas about the post election. I think Obama will bring an economic change in America. America is in a huge debt crisis right now and many people are losing their jobs. It's very important to get out of this economic problem. However, it's going be very to tough for Obama to make a change in the American economy. After creating the sentiment wall, we played a counting a game. It was fun. Now I am very tired and can't wait to go home. biggrin.gifsmile.gifwink.gifmellow.gifsmile.gifsmile.gifbiggrin.gif

[vvp/teen] Obama4life 

I worry that Obama will be assassinated before or after he becomes president of the US, due to his race. Not only that but I also worry for Obama's family, and I also worry what people might think of Obama if he can't fix all of the problems Bush has left for him. I hope Obama can fix it and bring great success to our great nation. =]