Let's Talk Sustainability - Day 19 

Participants in the program continued working in groups to complete the script for the talk show. Some groups were creating videos of their own that they will later use in their Second Life show. The Global Warming group started to film saving energy tips that will be inserted throughout their show. The E-waste group explored more ways to make the show engaging, and worked on putting the final touches to the script. The food production group went to the Farmer's Market in Union Square to film some of the footage that they needed to complete the script.


In the afternoon they prepared a short summary for a final short two-minute video that they will record tomorrow and present to the rest of the program as a closing activity for the program.

In the afternoon, the Second Life activities continue by visiting a sim inspired around the theme of biodiversity. Then continued with practicing the talk show using voice and interviewing each other.

Let's Talk Sustainability - Day 18  

Students continued finalizing their scripts, interviewing people for their pre-produced videos, editing their videos, choosing music, and other details for their talk shows. The youth have each chosen elements of the talk show that they're the most interested in to work on (i.e. music, writing, Second Life set design, etc.) and are able to develop their expertise in that area of interest.

glimpses_2040_final_233_140.jpg In the afternoon, students went on a field trip to the Center for Architecture to visit their exhibit Glimpses, about New York and Amsterdam in the year 2040. The exhibit explores the long-term futures of both cities as they're affected by, "shifting demographics, changes in climate, energy transitions and global economic patterns." The exhibit focused on each city's plan on creating sustainable urban environments.

Let's Talk Sustainability - Day 17 

Students began the day reviewing clips from Planet Green's Battleground Earth Pass It On campaign where they ask celebrities for tips on being environmentally conscious. The clips led to an interesting discussion on the environmental impacts of some of the tips given and whether they in fact have a positive impact on the environment. One in particular that was highly contested was singer Mario's suggestion to use ATM's instead of visiting the bank teller in order to reduce paper usage. Students argued that since ATM's are always plugged in it contributes to damaging the environment due to wasted electricity. Afterward students came up with a list of their own tips they would share.


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Let's Talk Sustainability - Day 16 

Our day began with a guest speaker, Alexander Jutkowitz, market research and strategy consultant, who helped our students brainstorm ways that they can make their talk shows more dynamic and interesting. Students shared their talk show ideas and format with Alex, and he offered practical suggestions for audience engagement, compelling visuals, and engaging storytelling. Students kept these ideas in mind as they continued designing their talk shows for most of the day.

Afterwards, students revisited the Human Barometer questions they developed for their topic a few days ago. After a discussion about what it takes to be an effective facilitator both in real life and Second Life, each group took turns leading everyone else into SL to play Human Barometer at Global Kids Island.

LTS - human barometer

Participants wrote about some of the challenges they are having as group to complete the script and be ready for the talk show.

Nicholas writes about it in his blog:

National Writing Project Digital Is Conference 

Global Kids and the Field Museum presented at the National Writing Project Digital Is conference in Philadelphia a few years ago. Below is the video of the presentation, in which the I Dig Science project is explained in detail. Global Kids leader Amana speaks her experience participating in the program. The video documents the development of the project, what it meant for participants to be part of it, and how it was conceived both by Global Kids and The Field Museum. It is one of the best overall descriptions of the program.

Let's Talk Sustainability - Day 15 

ken%20miller.jpg Students spent a lot of time developing their talk shows by following the action plans they created earlier. Groups have made significant progress in developing their scripts, coming up with interview questions, and looking for multimedia elements to incorporate in their shows.

Jason writes about how his group is progressing:
The group project is now in full bloom. We are now focusing on our true masterpiece which will be about global warming and ways to prevent it. To me I feel like we are progressing faster then we thought even though we still have a lot to go to be finished with our final ending - a show on a grand stage in second life-. We are at least 15% done with this whole project and hopefully we'll be done with it by August 11th 2011. This is just a Small obstacle to walk over and finish with a bang.


Let's Talk Sustainability - Day 14 


Students started off the day with an icebreaker that asked them to imagine that they had just inherited a prime piece of real estate: a large plot of underdeveloped land near a river. They had to work in groups to develop shops, homes, businesses, and other living necessities on the riverbank, in the most sustainable ways they could think of.

Students came up with great ideas that were inspired by many of the things they've learned in the program so far, such as: solar-powered rooftops, use of the river as a source of hydroelectric power, green spaces, farmer's markets, windmills, energy-saving appliances, etc.

Later in the day, students took a trip to the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn. They learned about how the subway system was made, walked through old train cars and compared them with the ones today, and discussed how the MTA has tried to incorporate more sustainable and environmentally-friendly elements over the years.

A couple of interesting facts that surprised most of us:

Today I had the opportunity to speak at the #140edu conference at the 92nd Street Y. It's a great gathering where presenters have 15 minutes to address the intersection of digital media and learning.

I decided to talk about our Edge Projects, as we now come to a close after two years, and do so in dialogue... with an animated character produced in advance.


Here is the video:

Actually, that was a video we produced after the event to correct for some unfortunate audio malfunctions during the presentation. However, if you would like to see Barry actually speaking under and to his avatar, please watch this:

Below you can read some of the live comments sent from the audience via Twitter during the presentation:

Let's Talk Sustainability - Day 13 

It is already Week 4 of Let's Talk Sustainability! Students created action plans in their groups that detailed the actions/steps they need to complete for each task of their talk show. Their action plans included the resources and time they need to complete each task, as well as which group member is responsible for each task. Afterwards, an outline of each talk show was drafted, including the timing for each segment.

Before lunch, students played a Human Barometer game about sustainability (where they are asked to agree/disagree to statements) that generated a lot of good discussion. In particular, the statement: "Restaurants such as McDonald’s should be held legally responsible if their customers get sick from eating their food regularly" led to a very heated debate.

In the afternoon, each group created their own Human Barometer questions based on their topics, which will eventually be played on Global Kids Island in Second Life. Then they continued to work on their talk shows by doing research to identify experts and institutions they want to reach out to as guests for their show.

Let's Talk Sustainability Day 12 

Today, participants continued working in groups, developing their project guide by listing elements of a talk show. They wrote the elements an audience see and the behind the scenes parts needed to produce a show such as sound check, stage management, lighting and directing. They also discussed some of the design elements that will be part of their show stage. After that discussion, they actually had a talk by a the producer of the Virtually Speaking show in Second Life who gave them advise on how to prepare for the show: read about the guest speaker, train the guests in the use of Second Life, and have as much information about the topic and the guest speaker as possible.
Dancing at the square

They continued preparing for their talk show by interviewing people about their topic with flip cameras, later watching what they filmed and providing feedback to each other.