Do you have what it takes to level up? 

Don't just play games - design them, in Global Kids' new serious game design boot camp: Level Up!

Designed for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, this week-long summer intensive will train you in basic game design, global literacy, and how to combine the two into a serious game design addressing a critical social issue. It will run from July 26th - 30th, running from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day, with a discount for those who register before July 1st.

Throughout the process youth will create smaller games both on
and offline, on your own and with your peers, while meeting professional game designers in the field and in universities.

So sign-up now and find out if you've got what it takes... to level up!

Using a Virtual World to Protect Earth's Oceans: A Proposal 

Global Kids is excited to be included as a partner with the virtual world KidsCom.com and the Tech Museum of San Jose in a proposal to create a program called "Collections of Collaboration: Protecting Oceans Using the Virtual World to Understand the Real World". This proposal is a finalist in the HASTAC and MacArthur Foundation sponsored Digital Media and Learning Competition 2010.

Good Luck to Finalists in Digital Media & Learning Competition! 

HASTAC and the MacArthur Foundation earlier this year launched the third year of the Digital Media and Learning Competition. The 2010 Digital Media and Learning Competition challenges designers, entrepreneurs, practitioners, researchers, and young people to put participatory learning to work on behalf of science, technology, engineering, math and their social contexts in the 21st century.

We are excited to see that several organizations we've worked with are finalists, and are finishing up their supplemental budgets and videos today! Feel free to check out their entries, comment and make suggestions:

Event: an Evening to Re-Imagine Learning in the 21st Century 

Join us at 5:30 p.m., Monday, May 17, 2010, for a discussion, project demonstrations, and reception about the future of learning.

This MacArthur Foundation public forum will take place in NYC and feature work by the New Youth City Learning Network, including Global Kids collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History.

The New Youth City Learning Network is a collaboration of New York City institutions such as the New York Public Library, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and New York Hall of Science working together to create a set of formal and informal learning opportunities that begin with personal interests, connect via digital media, and lead to educational outcomes.

If you are interested in learning more about this emerging space that Global Kids has increasingly been supporting and gaining inspiration from - how digital media is changing learning - or just want to support Global Kids youth leaders who will be there to show their work.

To view more details and to RSVP click here and join us! It's free and, as always, it promises to be stimulating.

NMC 2010 Horizon Report 

The latest NMC Horizon Report is out. This is the second year Global Kids has been involved by Barry Joseph being part of the advisory board. Also some of our thoughts on game-based learning are included in it.

Metanomics show showcasing Meeting Online stories 

If you didn't get a chance to check out last week's Metanomics episode that featured Marc Weiss, founder of Web Lab and creator of the PBS series P.O.V. and Global Kids own Barry Joseph. The show focused around people being able to share their stories online for Web Lab's latest project titled "Meeting Online", which will culminate in a HBO documentary focused on the best of these stories.

Rik on Youth Learning Networks at the 2010 WebWise Conference 

Rik at webwise The organizers of the excellent Webwise conference that I attended last month in Denver have recently posted to the web videos from the event.  

While there, I spoke on a panel on "Creating Connections and Promoting Networks" focused on the challenges and opportunities of using new media to transform user experience and provide a network of learning opportunities for young people.

I was joined on the panel by Elizabeth Babcock of the Field Museum,
Ingrid Erickson of SSRC and
Kylie Peppler of Indiana University.

Just a reminder that Global Kids will be holding our next professional development training this Thursday, April 15th on the topic of "Understanding Youth in the Digital Age."

How do you respond when your student friends you on Facebook? How can you formalize the learning that youth experience through digital media without losing the juice? How do you support a young person to act ethically online when those social spaces are so foreign? In this training, Global Kids will introduce you to cutting edge approaches to thinking about the digital generation in terms of how they learn, the ethical issues they face, and what it all means for your ability to reach youth.

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.

We are happy to announce that Barry Joseph, director of the Online Leadership Program at Global Kids, will be appearing on the Metanomics talk show in Second Life this Wednesday, April 7 starting at 3pm EST.

Barry will be appearing along with Marc Weiss, co-producer of the HBO documentary ‘Meeting Online’. Barry will talk about how Global Kids' programs are designed to address the need for young people to possess leadership skills and understand global issues to further success in the workplace and increase participation in the democratic process. He will describe our latest venture, The Edge Project, which supports the capacity of civic and cultural institutions to use new media as educational platforms.

For more information on watching this talk show in Second Life or from the web, see the Metanomics website.

OLP March Staff Reflections 

Springtime is here! With that, we here at OLP have been superbly busy. Read what we have been doing over the past month, starting with a quick overview: Amira talks about an unexpected reward for our youth, Barry speaks about his experience with a new project, Rik looks at the challenges of living a digital life and Krista writes about her move into the schools.