[staff] OLP April/May Staff Reflections! 

The April/May staff reflections are now up!

[p4k] Final Training for New York Public Library 

Below is a brief video from the final Global Kids' final training for the New York Public Library for the Playing For Keeps Capacity Building Program.

More info about this program at http://www.playing4keeps.org.

On March 27, Global Kids held its annual youth-organized conference at Baruch College that brought together 300+ youth and educators from around New York City. The theme of this year's conference was Global Health, with the slogan "Be the Vaccine!"

One of the most remarkable parts of the 2009 GK conference was the live video documentation of the event. Six Global Kids leaders filmed the event "guerilla style," which was then edited on-the-fly by GK staff, resulting in a compilation video about the entire conference that was shown during its closing session. It was a perfect example of the Global Kids's participatory learning approach, having our youth film the conference on their own and for everyone to enjoy the footage that their peers shot. We hope that you enjoy it as well.

[conf] MacArthur Island Launch a Success! 

MacArthur Island Launch Event
We are happy to report that the public launch of MacArthur Island in Second Life was very successful. The launch featured a live conversation between the avatars of Jonathan Fanton, President of the MacArthur Foundation, and Cory Ondrejka, co-founder of Second Life now at EMI.  Over 150 avatars, plus another 20-some viewers of the live webcast, gathered to participate in this discussion on the future of virtual worlds and philanthropy.

Mr. Ondrejka and Mr. Fanton both spoke very well from their respective and unique positions as a virtual world visionary and a philanthropic pioneer.  They described quite movingly the potential of these technologies to promote the public good, spur new kinds of collaborative action, and capture people’s imaginations towards a better future.  And Connie Yowell of the MacArthur Foundation did a fantastic job moderating the discussion, fielding to Mr. Fanton and Mr. Ondrejka a wide range of questions from the virtual audience.

[P4K] The end of an era 

We were very sorry to see our long-term partner, and digital advisory member, GameLab close its doors this month. GameLab partnered with Global Kids on the powerful game Ayiti: The Cost of Life and over the years published numerous game titles.

It may be the end of an era, but its also the start of something new and we look forward to what comes next for those behind GameLab.

Others commenting on the passing of GameLab:


[vvp/teen] Mets baseball game 

During my last vvp session this past Friday, one of my trainers Tabitha invited all of VVP students to a Mets game! She had extra tickets and was generous enough to share the joy. Even though I'm more of a Yankee fan than a Mets fan, I was excited to go because it was my first baseball game, ever!

I had a blast at the game, and before we left, we all got to sing Take Me Out to the Ball Game with the crowd. I enjoyed seeing all of us singing and just having a good time. biggrin.gif


[Staff] Virtual Worlds: Emerging Trends for 2009 

If you haven't gotten a chance to read Barry Joseph's latest post to the MacArthur Spotlight blog on his thoughts on emerging trends in virtual worlds, you can check his post out below or on the MacArthur Spotlight blog.

MacArthur grantee Global Kids reflects on six trends in virtual worlds around learning and philanthropy.

By Barry Joseph

As RezEd enters its second year of funding from MacArthur, we thought it would be helpful to outline several trends we have seen emerging that affect learning and virtual worlds.

Trend 1: Media Tired...
The press grew tired with its love/hate relationship with Second Life, the preeminent virtual world in the public sphere, moving from wide-eyed adoration to cynical disdain. Recent signs, such as cnet’s ”Second Life Strives for a Second Wind” and Gigaom’s ”Second Life Starts to Grow Again,” suggest the pendulum might be swinging back.

We are excited to announce that on Monday May 18, the MacArthur Foundation will be officially launching MacArthur Island in Second Life with a public forum featuring Foundation President Jonathan Fanton and co-creator of Second Life, Cory Ondrejka. Ondrejka and Fanton will be discussing the future of virtual worlds and philanthropy, and then taking questions from the virtual audience. An informal reception will follow.

Virtual world / web simulcast services provided by our friends at Treet.tv.

Head to the Foundations sim (click here to teleport.) on May 18 to participate!

MacArthur Island in Virtual World to Open with Public Forum on May 18

On May 18, to mark the launch of MacArthur Island in the virtual world of Second Life, the Foundation will host an event featuring the avatars and live voices of Foundation President Jonathan Fanton and co-creator of Second Life, Cory Ondrejka. The discussion between Ondrejka and Fanton will consider the future of virtual worlds and philanthropy. This public forum also will be broadcast as a webcast to standard internet browsers.

[staff] Want to become a CTC VISTA? Work with OLP! 

*Note: We have concluded our CTC VISTA process

Work with Global Kids through the national CTC VISTA program! Gain experience in the media literacy field, helping to develop and implement game design in the New York area. Games-based learning has been proven to be a powerful way to learn. The project would be focused around this aspect, game design, helping to develop the curriculum that GK would then use to teach other educators how to incorporate game design into their programs and educational institutions. The VISTA member would help to implement this curriculum in trainings for both GK staff and for the staff at the educational institutions, gathering the materials necessary and answering questions that may occur that are focused on the curriculum. In order to make this program successful, the VISTA member would work with GK staff to help promote this program to other learning institutions, such as libraries, museums or schools.