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GK Teen Leader Mayank on the 2010 National Youth Leadership Conference 

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This is a report by Mayank, Global Kids teen leader, who participated in the National Youth Leadership Conference from March 24-27, 2010 in San Jose, California. Rik Panganiban, Assistant Director of OLP, co-faciliated the workshops with Mayank. The Conference, with participants from all over the United States, numbering up to approximately 2,500 attendees, is the largest gathering of youth and practitioners involved in service-learning.

There was no end to my excitement. We left New York with a lot of energy. But all the energy went down when we heard that our flight is being diverted to Minneapolis because of the bad weather in Denver.

Rethinking Religious Learning in the 21st Century 

I was in a fascinating meeting on Monday that forced me to think about a long-standing and substantive institutional learning environment, but one that doesn't easily fit within my existing framework.

During my first five years at Global Kids I became familiar with the after school learning environments, both within the school building and at community centers like Global Kids main office. In the years that followed I learned as well about what can be called informal learning environments - libraries, museums, etc. - as we as informal learning - e.g. youth playing console-based games or surfing the Web.

What we met Monday to discuss could only fit into "none of the above."

When I was a kid, growing up a Reform Jew on Long Island, we called it Sunday School - the few hours spent every Sunday at Temple in the extra building constructed to replicate a traditional school environment - classrooms with blackboard with a teacher's desk facing rows of seats. As I got older, it was called Hebrew School, as Tuesday afternoons were added to the mix.

lost boys of sudanOn Friday, March 26 at 9am, you can watch a virtual simulcast of three of the Lost Boys of Sudan, telling their amazing story of survival and hope for the people of Sudan.  They will be speaking from the National Service Learning Conference in San Jose, California, addressing a group of young people and educators there.  Meanwhile, people of all ages can watch their talk from the virtual world of SmallWorlds and the "Salam Project" website.

After their presentation, we will facilitate a question and answer question with them, including questions submitted from SmallWorlds.

Click here for instructions on connecting to the event in SmallWorlds.

Where else but virtual worlds can you come together with people from all over the world to talk directly with remarkable youth leaders like these three young men?

Here's the full description of the session after the jump....

This is a statement from the founder and executive director of Global Kids, Ms. Carole Artigiani:

On behalf of Global Kids, a twenty-year-old youth development organization based in New York City, I applaud Julius Genachowski, Chair of the Federal Communications Commission, for his recent address on “Digital Opportunity: A Broadband Plan for Children and Families.” While there are reasons to be concerned, we agree with the Chairman that digital technology and online spaces present tremendous opportunities to educate young people, connect them with the wider world, and develop the knowledge, values, and skills necessary to be engaged citizens. We see internet access as a first step in educating and supporting the next generation as they prepare for life and work in the 21st century.

We agree that the FCC's priorities of digital access, digital literacy, digital citizenship and digital safety are a good framework for approaching a national broadband strategy that benefits young people. Global Kids, through our Online Leadership Program, is doing its part through innovative and cutting-edge programming in all of these areas:

[In the Media] Playing la vida Ludic 

Chris Collins, who writes about exploring the metaverse as her avatar Fleep Tuque, wrote a recent post bringing to light lots of new examples of how living and playing the ludic life is becoming ubiquitous.

When Game Devs Engineer the Real World – You Brushed Your Teeth, +5 points!

...Alas, I’m still waiting for virtual worlds to vindicate me, but having gone through this combo-pity-scorn routine a few times, I’m not shaken by the current state of attitudes about virtual worlds, augmented reality (why would you want to look at DATA on top of the REAL WORLD on your PHONE, what’s wrong with you?!), or most of the other technologies I use that cause people to look at me askance and with wary eyes. (Twitter???? Whaaa???)

She uses Barry Joseph's keynote from SLedCC 2008 as her jumping off point to make her point and even coins the term Ludic Luddites for those that do not yet accept the ludic life shift.

Update on Salam Project: 8,000 Plays of Sudan Mission in SmallWorlds! 

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On Friday, February 12, Global Kids and the National Youth Leadership Council launched "The Salam Project," a month-long effort to support young people to learn about the conflict in Sudan and what they can do to promote peace there. The kick-off event took place in the virtual world of SmallWorlds, where a Sudanese peace activist and two Global Kids youth leaders, spoke about their work to educate others about the conflict and support peace in Darfur. Since then, we've had a great response from the SmallWorlds community to the project.

Most exciting is the "mission" we created to go along with the project, an online game that teaches you about the country of Sudan and the conflict there. Since the launch in February, the Sudan mission has been played more than 8,000 times!

Educator Training on Youth Media Creation Next Wednesday 

Amira Fouad and Rik Panganiban of Global Kids Online Leadership Program will be facilitating a professional development workshop on "Transforming Youth From Social Media Consumers to Creators" on Wednesday, March 17. Here's the full description:

Global Kids has been a leader integrating social media tools within educational programs to develop 21st Century skills since 2000. With the emergence of online media from Youtube to Wikipedia, the new digital generation is presented with opportunities to broadcast their voice in unprecedented ways. In this training, educators will be engaged in hands on activities using social media tools that have educational applications, such as blogs, digital comics, maps and more, and hear about successful case studies from a variety of educational settings.

All Global Kids trainings are offered at $75 per person with a discounted rate of $50 each for two sessions or more. Trainings take place from 9:00 am to 3.00 pm on the day indicated, at Global Kids' Center for Global Leadership, located at 137 East 25th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10010.

For more information or to register, please call 212-226-0130 or e-mail pdtrainings@globalkids.org.

[vvp] Machinima for Social Good 

Award winning machinima producer, Draxtor Despres' latest video report focuses on using machinima for social good and Global Kids machinima film "Discovered". In it he features interviews with Chris Hall and our own Rik Panganiban.

Share Your Meeting Online Stories 

Global Kids is involved in the production of an upcoming HBO documentary called "Meeting Online." We are looking for interesting stories that revolve around connections made on the internet.

If you, or a friend or colleague you know, has met someone online and this relationship deeply affected you, then we want to hear your story. It could be anything from Internet dating to making a significant personal or professional connection. whether that be a best friend that you met through WoW, a long-lost relative you connected with on Facebook, or your life partner you first bumped into in Second Life.

The show will be directed by Emmy Award, Oscar-nominated director Robert Kenner ("Food, Inc.") and produced by Marc Weiss, creator of the critically-acclaimed public TV series "P.O.V."

You can share your Meeting Online stories:

[P4K] Comparing Ayiti: The Cost of Life to WoW 

In a recent post on the blog New Journalism, the educator Paul Allison shares with us a video created by one of his high school youth at East-West School of International Studies. This video featured 10th grader Terrence reading on how Ayiti: The Cost of Life, compares to the MMORPG World of Warcraft online.

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You can also view this video directy on New Journalizm.