[vvp] Virtual Video Projects's NYC Premiere of Machinima Videos 

On Friday, September 6th, from 6-7 pm, Global Kids' Virtual Video Project held their NYC premiere of both their 30-second videos on digital media and teens and their short video, A Child's War, about child soldiers in Uganda.

Nafiza introducing the making of A Child's War

Over 50 people attended the evening, introduced by the Museum of the Moving Image's Carl Goodman and Global Kids' Barry Joseph, and presented by a variety of Global Kids youth leaders.

In attendance were parents, school officials, Second Life educators, experts on child soldiers, representatives from UNICEF, those working for the International Criminal Court, and more.

The films were well received, as made clear from the comments made during the Q&A period, and afterwards we socialized during a reception on the third floor of the museum.

Download the promotional flyer.

Videos, photos and audio from the event will be added shortly.

For now, please enjoy some of the photos below or visit our Flickr set to view them all.

[DMI] Digital Youth discuss the Digital World 

Global Kids' own Rafi Santo recently got to post on MacArthur's Spotlight on Digital Media Learning blog. The Spotlight discussion, entitled Digital Youth discuss the Digital World, features not only Rafi but Lindsay Pettingill from Harvard’s GoodWork Project, Mimi Ito from USC’s Digital Youth Project and Carrie James also from Harvard’s GoodWork Project.

What do today’s teens have to say about the way digital media affects their lives? Three different youth media experts take turns highlighting the recent FOCUS dialogues organized by Global Kids.

As today’s youth engage in the usage of digital media on a daily basis, Global Kids has undertaken projects in which teens use those media to reflect on how new technologies are changing not only their experience but the broader world in which they are maturing.

Read the full post here.

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A diverse group of New York City public high school students have produced an important animated new film that focuses on the increasingly serious issue of child soldiers.

The film, A Child’s War, will be presented this Friday, September 7, at 6:00 pm at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. Entry for the screening is free. The press is invited. The young animators will be available to discuss their work. The Museum is located at 35th Avenue and 36th Street in Astoria, Queens. It can be accessed by subway (R or V trains to Steinway Street; N or W trains to 36th Ave). RSVP: afterschool@movingimage.us.

A Child’s War is the culmination of the year-long Virtual Video Project, an after-school program conducted by Global Kids, Inc. in collaboration with the Museum of the Moving Image. During the past year, the students gathered regularly to learn about film production, global issues, and virtual worlds, producing A Child’s War, a year-end project on the plight of child soldiers in Uganda.

Global Kids is the foremost nonprofit organization in New York City specifically dedicated to educating students in underserved communities about international and public policy issues.

[jobs] New Job Openings at Global Kids 

Global Kids' Online Leadership Program has filled the positions opened in the summer of 2007.

Thank you to everyone helping to spread the word, such as Moo Money, 3pointD, NMC, Second Life Times and the blog Future-Making Serious Games.

Positions and application material:

Online Leadership Program Associate (Video Specialist)
Status: application process closed; position filled

Online identity formation and its implications for learning have, for a number of years now, been a focus of investigation and attention among researchers and educators. The MacArthur Foundation, in its Digital Media and Learning Initiative, even dedicated a full research volume (out of six) to the subject. Largely, these investigations and discussions have focused on how young people's usages of technology have allowed them to explore and shape their own identities be it in games, virtual worlds or social networking sites.

Recently though, I've been struck by how these issues of online identity manifest for educators themselves. Being an educator that works both in the classroom as well as in many online spaces, the traditional "teacher as purveyor of truth" role is one that has gone out the window relatively quickly for me. Granted, the role of educators within Global Kids was never a didactic one. Staff working with youth are given the title of "trainer"; a facilitator that challenges students to think critically about issues and information and arms them with the skills and resources to educate themselves. At the same time, I'm often finding myself in situations that go far outside even that role.

[slcc] ABC News Interviews GK's Rafi Santo 

ABC News published a lengthy online article about the Second Life Community Convention. Global Kids had the final word, through our own Rafi Santo. Go Rafi!

    Whether Second Life and other virtual worlds can extend themselves beyond the often-eccentric, always-colorful personalities here this weekend, will determine how much money the army of business-card wielding techies here will profit from it all.

    It may not happen during this generation. But for today's youth, going onto a virtual world will be as normal and mainstream as logging onto the Web, speculates Rafi Santo, who works on educational initiatives in Second Life's teen grid where only people ages 13 to 17 are allowed.

    "Ten years ago, how many kids did you know that had cell phones? ... Today, how many kids do you know that don't text 1,000 times a day, that don't have MySpace?" he asks.

    "It's going to age in. That's how it's going to come to fruition," he says.

Read the full story

[conf] Virtual World Residents to Gather in Chicago 


CHICAGO, IL (August 8, 2007) – The Second Life Community Convention, which is expected to draw hundreds of virtual world “residents” from around the globe to Chicago on August 24-26, will feature a series of events examining the increasing presence of social justice organizations in virtual worlds. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which recently announced a year-long exploration of virtual worlds, is supporting these events at the convention in order to spark discussion about the use of virtual worlds for the public good.

Second Life is one of several “virtual worlds” that offers a three-dimensional environment where online participants from around the globe are represented by avatars in social and workplace interactions that mimic and reinvent the physical world. Participation in virtual worlds has been growing rapidly. Second Life now has millions of users and a growing non-profit community.

[teen/sl] Teen Grid Relay for Life! 

Today was the launch of the teen grid's own version of the popular main grid fundraiser, the Second Life Relay For Life. The Relay raises money for cancer research and patient services, and we're really excited to have it here on the teen grid.

The kick-off event turned out amazing! We had a whole bunch of people come and dance with us, including Uggh Oh (aka Randy Moss of the American Cancer Society) and we raised quite a bit of linden! Check it out!

Over L$30,000 in an hour, and we're at L$32,782. It's an outstanding amount of linden, for the first day; and I'm very very proud and thankful to everyone that has helped. I'll keep you all posted on upcoming Relay fundraisers here on the teen grid! :)

[conf] Non-profit / Philanthropy Schedule Announced for This Year's SLCC 

The Non-profit and Philanthropy Thread
at the 2007 Second Life Community Convention

Developed by Global Kids in partnership with
the MacArthur Foundation


"The Public Good, Passion, and Learning"
Insights gathered from the MacArthur Foundation's journey into fieldbuilding in virtual worlds, digital media, and learning.

The education track keynote will be given by Connie Yowell, the Director of Education in the MacArthur Foundation's Program on Human and Community Development. In this role, she focuses on grants relating to public education, and on the implications for education of young people's use of digital media.

“Teens Making Machinima within Non-Profit Programs”

This all-teen panel will highlight animated movies created by TSL residents within after school programs for the MacArthur Foundation and UNICEF. Machinima will be screened and issues related to their production within a non-profit setting will be explored.

[CRC] CRC Machinima Camp Photos! 

These are the campers building one thing all together. They each added one small part to create a final product! They all stood in a line and were very cooperative.

All of the campers lined up to add in their part~ to the build!

This is a close up of a camper working on his part of the build!

This is a bird's-eye-view shot of the props that JOEY made for his machinima.

On the left is the theater on Global Kids Machinima Island, and to the right is where all the Campers meet!

This is when Machinima Guru or Moo Money came and talked to the campers about storyboarding and showed them how to do it. Also, she made a storyboard to showed it to them as an example!