From August 24-26, 2007, in Chicago, Global Kids coordinated the Non-profit and Philanthropy Thread at the Third Annual Second Life Community Convention.

This serves to collect all of our posts, photos, videos, audio, and more in one location. We will be adding to it over time, so please watch this space.

Teens listening to the SLCC Social Track on GK Island


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  • CRC Camp Premier Party Review 

    Hey guys It's Daniel Voyager here:

    Last time I posted was back in August when the GK CRC Camp finished. The last day at camp was on a Monday where only like 8 or so turned up because of school starting again, on our last day we had to do surveys and plan for the premier party, planning for who will do what, etc.

    Since then the SLCC came up so I took part in that on GK island listening to stations all day enjoying the live audio coming through and took some wonderful snaphots.

    On the 10th of September 2007 we had our first CRC Camp Premiere from 4-5pm EST, which was great fun and loads of friends came to join us. So this is what happened, I went to the GK Machinima Isalnd really early to set up a row of big poster snapshots of this year’s program, this was because I wanted to show everyone a better view of what happened by seeing an image of it. Also I set up some freebies for the premier, for example I made popcorn for watching the movies, including a CRC Summary notecard to give to people to give them an idea of what it is they’re watching.

    [sl/teen] My impressions on Interdependence Day V 

    Interdependence day - Mexico City

    Yesterday, I was given the opportunity to attend the first day of Interdependence Day V, a conference that’s taken place every year alter Sept. 11, 2001. This year, it’s taking place in Mexico City, which is where I live. =D

    Why Interdependence Day? After the Sept. 11 happenings (in the US), a lot of people have focused on discussing terrorism, war and loss. This conference proposes to think about the consequences of it all on interdependence: the dependence of individuals, groups and countries of each other.

    The reason why I was there yesterday is Second Life. There was a panel on the role of virtual worlds in this interdependence being streamed into the MG, and with participants both in-world and offline. It was very nice to see people that I’ve never spoken to but had actually heard of, like Mark Wallace (even if I didn’t recognize him right away). The presentations were brilliant. Sadly, a lot of the people in the audience, not getting to know the principles and practices in SL, were quick to openly classify virtual media as a set of banalities where all that 100% of the people care about is fashion and pornography.

    [SL] GK is listed in LL's Second Life Grid success stories section 

    Global Kids is listed and written about in Linden Lab's new site focusing on the Second Life Grid has a section called 'Success Stories' which highlights "interesting projects in Second Life that showcase new approaches to creating content, the use of Second Life in a particular field, or work by companies listed in the Developer Directory."

    [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