[conf] Tabitha speaking at Podcampnyc! 

Tabitha Tsai, Multimedia Curriculum Specialist, will be speaking at the opening plenary on Friday, April 25th, at the Brooklyn Polytechnic University. Join her if you want to learn more about GK's work in Teen Second Life, the Virtual Video Project, or the CRC machinima camp with UNICEF last summer.

"Podcamp NYC is an “unconference” focused on educating participants on how to use, implement and share any/all new media tools including, podcasts, videocasts, blogs, Second Life, Facebook, and YouTube. The conference is FREE to attend and you’re a “participant” versus an “attendee” at our event. You also make our conference happen since you register to speak. You can talk about anything you want as long as it focuses on new media." Learn more on Podcampnyc.org

RezEd is here! 

RezEd Launches!

It is with great enthusiasm that Global Kids announces the launching of RezEd: The Hub for Learning and Virtual Worlds!

Each month RezEd will feature inter-related podcasts, digital resources in the library, and featured blog posts. RezEd launches with a special focus on virtual worlds having their day in Congress earlier this month. Listen to the podcast interview with Larry Johnson, CEO of the New Media Consortium, as he describes he experience testifying in Congress, read his and the other testimonies submitted that day, watch the full video of the hearings, and respond to this week's featured blog asking what YOU would have told or asked Congress.

Join us at www.rezed.org

[Conf] Coverage of From Myspace to Hip Hop 

This was the location of the live stream from the event. In a few days, the footage will be posted online and available from this location. Thank you for your patience.

Global Kids is delighted to have been invited to work with the new Joan Ganz Cooney Center to stream their inaugural, invite-only symposium on May 9th to a broader audience, live, through both the web and Second Life.

We will be streaming the event live on the web and broadcasting it live into Second Life were we will be hosting a viewing event during the entire day's events. Please join us in the NMC sim Teaching to attend virtually or click here to view on the web.

We encourage you to attend and submit questions to panelists throughout the day.

Further information and a schedule of panels follows:

9 AM -- Welcoming Remarks
9:30 AM -- Special Reports
10 AM -- From Virtual Worlds to Digital Classrooms: How Today’s Kids Are Knowing and Growing Today
11 AM -- Something Old, Something New: Literacy Challenges In a Global Age
12 PM -- Break
1 PM -- Keynote: The New Culture of Learning
1:30 PM -- Meeting the Challenge: What Key Sectors Can Do to Accelerate Children's Learning
2:30 PM -- Technology Forum: Presentation of Digital Media Best Practices
3:15 PM -- Wrap Up

[vvp/teen] Youth can change the world 

I just want to start off by saying that the NYLC conference in Minneapolis was outstanding. At this conference I learned a lot about youth empowerment and youth being able to change the world. I never knew that there were so many youth out there in the world trying to make a difference in our society. Being in this conference made me realize that although we have many organizations in the USA, there should be more youth trying to make a difference so that we can have a better future. biggrin.gif

There were many organizations from Minneapolis that was just fabulous. In these organizations these youth wrote songs, used media, games, etc., on how we as youth today can make a difference for others in the world. As a youth I was very impressed on what they were doing. One of the things these youth did was to try and raise money for children in other countries who does not have any opportunity for better education or other things that they may need to survive.

[ijc] Massively Multiworld Simulcast of Kofi Annan 

On March 20, 2008, Global Kids produced the simulcast of Kofi Annan receiving the MacArthur Foundation's first international justice award. The simulcast was broadcast not just to the Web, but to four online communities within virtual worlds, each within its own simultaneous but unique event: Second Life, Teen Second Life, Whyville, and There.com

[Staff] March Staff Reflection 

Spring is finally here! Bring out the flip fops that takes you on a slapping musical journey with each step; the cute spring jacket that you were dieing to wear the entire winter; and let the blades of grass crease your toes - making you feel human again. Howdy readers, glade you survived the winter, and if you don't live where winter never greetings you, embrace spring with us. As always our brains are on the treadmill coming up with ideas, observations and reflecting about our world in the digital media and education landscape. Enjoy rummaging through our thought process.

Enjoy reading our blog.

Amira shares what it felt like to stand behind our GK youth leaders at
the Annual Global Kids conference this month.
The Youth Leaders of the GK Annual Global Kids Conference

Barry writes about what he might have said if he had been invited to give a testimony to Congress on virtual worlds.
My Testimony For Congress (had I been asked)...

James writes about the queerness of the justice system.
And justice for all

Service Learning Conference in Teen SL
The National Youth Leadership Council hosted its 19th Annual National Service Learning Conference in Minneapolis from April 9-12th, 2008. The NSLC is the largest gathering of youths and practitioners involved in the service-learning movement where participants connect through three days of plenary sessions, featured forums, and service projects.

Keynote speakers were: Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa and urban educator and Pedro Noguera, author of Unfinished Business: Closing the Achievement Gap in Our Nation’s Schools.

Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403

For more information, email or call NSLC at: (800) 366-6952.

Global Kids streamed this event live on the web, in Teen Second Life and on the Main Grid (click here to teleport), as well as in Whyville.

[staff] My Testimony For Congress (had I been asked)... 

On April 1st, the 110th Congress Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet held a hearing entitled Online Virtual Worlds: Applications and Avatars in a User-Generated Medium.

Listening to the testimony, it was hard not to imagine what I might have shared were I asked to testify. It might have gone something somewhat like this:

Chairman Markey, Ranking Member Stearns, and Members of the Subcommittee, we at Global Kids are honored to have this opportunity to share our experiences as experts working with youth and virtual worlds.

To provide background, in 2006, following extensive research into the educational potential of virtual worlds, Global Kids became the first nonprofit to develop a dedicated space for conducting educational programming in Teen Second Life (TSL). Specifically, Global Kids is conducting intensive leadership programming for youth, bringing students from its New York-based programs into the space, and streaming the audio and video of major events into the world. This work has received significant funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, among others, and been conducted in partnership with many other organizations, including UNICEF, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the International Criminal Court.

[sl] Virtual Worlds go to Congress 

Earlier today, the 110th Congress Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet held a hearing entitled Online Virtual Worlds: Applications and Avatars in a User-Generated Medium.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, conducted the first ever Congressional hearing simulcast in an Internet-based virtual world today. The hearing addressed the evolution, culture and future of virtual worlds such as Second Life, Zwinky and There which are part of a new form of communication that has exploded over the last few years.

Congratulations to all those who presented:

Philip Rosedale

Founder and CEO Linden Lab

Susan Tenby
Senior Manager, Community Development of TechSoup

Larry Johnson, Ph.D.
CEO of The New Media Consortium (NMC)

Colin J. Parris, Ph.D.
Vice President, Digital Convergence of IBM Research

During Susan's testimony she gave a brief shout-out to GK and explained some of the unique educational experiences virtual world spaces offer.