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[sl] The Teen Grid Has Been Redistricted 

As detailed here and here, the Global Kids Estate has been redistricted this weekend as part of a teen-grid wide reorganization to group like islands with like: teen with teen, Linden with Linden, and adult with adult.

redistricting

This means we can FINALLY learn what organizations own islands in the teen grid. So with a little photoshop magic, I created a map detailing all adult-owned islands in the teen grid. Keep in mind, most are closed - only for teens who work with the organization or school (Ramapo)- or seasonal (KidsConnect) or not yet opened to the public (British Council) or even abandoned (Unreal?).

And when it comes to all of those other islands, outside Global Kids, Eye4You Alliance and the PacRim Alliance, I can only ask one question. Who are you? And what are you doing/will be doing in TSL? (Okay, two questions. Sue me...)

[dmi] Global Kids' FocusOnDigitalMedia.org site launches! 

Last week, Global Kids launched FOCUS: Teen Voices on Digital Media and Society, located at www.FocusOnDigitalMedia.org. FOCUS is a series on online dialogues, led by teens, around issues they face in their digital lives. As part of the larger MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Initiative, these discussions will serve to bring youth perspectives to many of the debates that academics, journalists, parents, policy makers and educators are already having about digital media.

Featured discussions from FOCUS will be posted here on the Digital Media Initiative blog, as well as being available to read in full at FocusOnDigitalMedia.org.

[p4k] GK-authored article published in Threshold Magazine 

Global Kids had the honor of being invited to contribute an article about our work with our Playing 4 Keeps program to Threshold Magazine. The Spring 2007 issue of Threshold: Exploring the Future of Education features articles focused on taking educational innovation to scale, produced in partnership with the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF).

Click here to read the article, and here to read the whole issue.

[vvp] Machinima students put finishing touches on their machinima 

Yesterday the Virtual Video Project put their finishing touches on their first machinima project - five 30-second long machinima PSAs about digital media.

We took a lot of great photos from the day - check them out below and click for more.

[dmya/p4k/sl/nc/vvp] The First OLP Symposium 

On April 5th, 2007, thirty Global Kids leaders from five different Online Leadership Programs met each other for the first time at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens for the OLP Symposium. The teens toured the museum, presented the work from their programs, and participated in a panel for a Q&A.

The Playing 4 Keeps program began the day meeting with students and faculty at Parson's school of Design and Technology.

All of the students then met for lunch and then went to the museum. While the machinima students went to work on their final videos, the other programs - Newz Crew, Playing 4 Keeps, the Digital Media Youth Advisory, and GK in Second Life - went on tours of the Museum of the Moving Image, which hosted us for the day.

The students then gathered in the museums to show off the work from their projects.

Newz Crew
Anthony & Naama

Playing 4 Keeps
Syndie and Vladimyr

[sl] Global Kids and TSL Residents Help to Change Second Life Policy 

This just in! I received the following email for me from Blue Linden this evening.

Short story:
The geography of Teen Second Life is going to be restructured to clearly delineate teen-property from adult-property. This has occurred, in part, due to the conversations over the past three months, spurred by Global Kids, initially supported by the MacArthur Foundation, about the role of adults in the teen grid. The teens spoke and were heard.

Longer story:

This is an excerpt from an email I just happened to send to Blue and Claudia last week:

I had the pleasure of attending the 18th annual NYLC Service-Learning Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and brought along one of our finest GK youth, Nafiza, who is a student in our after-school Virtual Video Project program, to speak about our work in the virtual world of Second Life. I was also there to stream the conference into Second Life for the first time, and allowed teens in real-life to see teens in Second Life live during the opening plenary session. Everyone was curious about the teens they saw on the screens up on stage and were thrilled to know that those that were unable to attend the conference in New Mexico, were watching and listening in live from anywhere in the world.

For two days, we streamed the opening plenary session in the morning and a total of four workshops in the afternoon. We worked closely with the AV-Tech team, and the company that provided the Internet on-site. As a first timer to New Mexico, I was overwhelmed by the genuine smiles, hospitality and generosity by the folks there. We enjoyed cultural dances, Native Indian songs, Mexican food, and met with people from all walks of life. I talked to teens that were inspirational, and true leaders in the world of service-learning and volunteerism.

[Teen/VVP] National Service-Learning Conference 

Well, I was lucky to get the opportunity to travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico with Tabitha for the 18th annual National Service-Learning Conference. The conference was literally packed with people from all over the United States...and apparently there was supposed to be people from different countries as well, but I did not see any of them (or meet them). Or rather, the conference was not as diverse as I expected it to be. I guess, that is a little bit of a lie since I already knew the racial demographics of New Mexico. Nonetheless, everyone was very nice--much nicer than the typical New Yorker. In some way, I could consider myself to be more hostile than most of the people there. It was a little strange because...naturally I found it a little fishy when a stranger acted too nice (I blame New York), so when I was put in that situation I felt a little out of my element. Overall, it was a nice experience and it was great traveling with Tabitha.

[sl] Overview of Global Kids 1 Year Anniversary in TSL 

This blog entry is a directory to content from our first anniversary in Teen Second Life (okay, February was really our birthday, but we were busy...).

The events ran from March 12- March 23, 2007. The full schedule is available. Below you will find teen reports, photos, transcripts, and more. A giant thank you to the dozens of teens, as well as the Lindens, who built objects, created animations, ran activities, promoted the events, and more!

The 18th Annual NYLC Service-Learning Conference, New Mexico 

This blog entry is a directory to content as we post it for the 18th Annual NYLC Service-Learning Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from March 28 - 30, 2007.

Those unable to attend the 18th Annual National Service-Learning Conference in Albuquerque can attend it LIVE in Second Life!

Residents of Second Life will be able to attend conference plenary sessions in real time at the Global Kids Island in Teen Second Life and at the NMC Teaching sim in Second Life’s community for adults.

"Speakers include Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and United Nations Messengers of Peace; Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympian and founder of the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation; Verna Cornelia Price, founder of the Girls in Action program; J. Robert Flores, Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; Kerri Strug, Special Advisor to the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and Olympian; and David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. More speakers will be announced as they are confirmed."

For more information on the 18th Annual NYLC Service-Learning Conference, please visit their website by clicking here.