Games-Based Education Training this Wednesday 3.3.10! 

This Wednesday there will be a second Games-Based Education training! There are only a few spots left, so hurry and register!

A description of the training can be found below:
Since 2002, Global Kids has been a leader in the use of online games to promote global awareness, engaged citizenship, and 21st-Century learning skills. In this training, educators will play games they can use with their youth, create their own game designs, be introduced to free, web-based tools to support students to design their own games, and understand how game play and design can lead to deep learning.

[P4K] Youth Compare Ayiti: The Cost of Life to Other Games 

Recently there have been numerous game focused essays posted to the site Youth Voices comparing various games to Ayiti: The Cost of Life. These comparisons range from World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, Final Fantasy, Civilization, Animal Crossing, and even traditional card games like Crazy Eights and students reflecting on how the game play compares to Ayiti.

Certainly a site to watch - New Voices is titling itself as "a meeting place where students share, distribute and discuss their digital work online", and was set up by a group of innovative educators from the New York City Writing Project, a chapter of the National Writing Project.

Below is one of the great student comparison reflections. You can read the rest of these essays on Youth Voices here.

In January, Global Kids had the opportunity to give three presentations at the Jewish Day School Conference in Teaneck, New Jersey. We had a great time talking about our work with digital media, games and social networks. And apparently our participants got a lot out of it as well.

We just received the results of the post-conference evaluation, and got some nice feedback on our two sessions on "Games Based Learning 101" and "Social Media Production & Constructionist Learning." All of the participants said that they "learned something new" and all but one found our sessions to be "inspiring." Both presentations received a rating of 4.5 out of of a scale of 5!

Among the written comments about us:

  • "Loved it! great new ideas even for a participant who is already very knowledgeable about social media."
  • "Nice conversation around table shared good ideas."

For more information about Global Kids professional development offerings, see this link.

GK at DML 2010 

This week, Barry, Amira and Rik were thrilled to present with a wide array of partners and colleagues across four different panels at the MacArthur Foundation's first Digital Media and Learning Conference - themed "Diversifying Participation" - held February 18-20 in San Diego, California. Below are videos, Prezi's and youth media referenced within the presentations. [note: This is a work is progress and material will be added as they get uploaded]

[PD] Global Kids' Spring 2010 Professional Development Offerings 

Global Kids' Center for Global Leadership proudly presents:

Spring 2010 Professional Development Offerings

  • Infusing Social Action into Your Curriculum: Darfur as a Case Study - Thursday, February 25th
  • Games-Based Education - Wednesday, March 3rd and Wednesday, May 12th
  • Transforming Youth From Social Media Consumers to Creators - Wednesday, March 17th
  • Environmental Service Learning Projects - Tuesday, March 30th
  • Creating a Safe Space I: Conflict Resolution - Wednesday, March 31st
  • Creating a Safe Space II: Cultural Diversity - Tuesday, April 6th
  • Understanding Youth in the Digital Age - Thursday, April 15th
  • Developing Global Citizens - Saturday, May 8th
  • Interactive Teaching Strategies - Tuesday, May 18th

Please see below for more info and a description of each training or for a complete list of offerings, please click here.

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

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[In the Media] Recommended reading, watching, listening 

Our latest Recommended reading, watching, listening post is up on DMLcentral and we are crossposting it here as well.

Global Kids' New York City-based programs address the urgent need for young people to possess leadership skills and an understanding of complex global issues to succeed in the 21st century workplace and participate in the democratic process. The staff has a wonderful appetite for learning and we regularly provide DMLcentral.net a snapshot of resource picks we consider insightful and relevant. Please comment and tell us what you are reading and watching, too!

Topping our current list: Feed by M.T. Anderson, a dystopic science fiction novel about a world where technology has become such a part of people's lives that they wear embedded computers that feed news, advertising, television programs, music and electronic messages directly into their brains.

Service Learning Project Launches in SmallWorlds! 

salam project SmallWorlds launch2

This past Friday, Global Kids produced an online event for the National Youth Leadership Council on how young people can support the peace process in Sudan.  Occurring in the youth-oriented virtual world of SmallWorlds, about 50 avatars participated in a live video talk by a Sudanese peace activist and two Global Kids youth leaders, the first live event of this kind in SmallWorlds.

Update on Global Kids at DML Conference February 18-20 in San Diego 

Just a reminder that Barry, Amira and Rik of Global Kids will be presenting on four different panels at the amazing "Diversifying Participation" conference from February 18-20 in San Diego, California.  We are honored to be on the same program as some of the top thinkers and practitioners in the field, from Henry Jenkins to Sonia Livingston, danah boyd, James Paul Gee and many, many more. 

For those that will be there, you can find us nearly the entire day on Friday February 19 at these times and places:

Global Kids Winter Gala February 24 at Council on Foreign Relations 

We are pleased to invite you to Global Kids annual Winter Gala, held at the illustrious Council on Foreign Relations on February 24th. This is Global Kids' twentieth year serving New York City's at-risk youth with our innovative combination of global issues, community engagement, and academic achievement.

Many of us know about the deadly conflicts that have devastated the North African country of Sudan. What you may not know about is what you can do in your own community to support peace in this wartorn country. On February 12th, you can take a virtual stand for peace in Sudan at the "Salam Project" kick-off event.

On Friday, February 12, you are cordially invited to a virtual presentation by Nisrin Elamin, a Sudanese peace activist, and two Global Kids youth leaders, talking about their work to educate others about the conflict and support peace in Sudan. The event will take place in the web-based virtual world of SmallWorlds, at both 4pm PST and 4PM EST. This talk will be the kick off of a month of service all around the United States in solidarity with Sudan.