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[jobs] New Job Openings at Global Kids 

Global Kids' Online Leadership Program has filled the positions opened in the summer of 2007.

Thank you to everyone helping to spread the word, such as Moo Money, 3pointD, NMC, Second Life Times and the blog Future-Making Serious Games.

Positions and application material:

Online Leadership Program Associate (Video Specialist)
Status: application process closed; position filled

Online identity formation and its implications for learning have, for a number of years now, been a focus of investigation and attention among researchers and educators. The MacArthur Foundation, in its Digital Media and Learning Initiative, even dedicated a full research volume (out of six) to the subject. Largely, these investigations and discussions have focused on how young people's usages of technology have allowed them to explore and shape their own identities be it in games, virtual worlds or social networking sites.

Recently though, I've been struck by how these issues of online identity manifest for educators themselves. Being an educator that works both in the classroom as well as in many online spaces, the traditional "teacher as purveyor of truth" role is one that has gone out the window relatively quickly for me. Granted, the role of educators within Global Kids was never a didactic one. Staff working with youth are given the title of "trainer"; a facilitator that challenges students to think critically about issues and information and arms them with the skills and resources to educate themselves. At the same time, I'm often finding myself in situations that go far outside even that role.

[slcc] ABC News Interviews GK's Rafi Santo 

ABC News published a lengthy online article about the Second Life Community Convention. Global Kids had the final word, through our own Rafi Santo. Go Rafi!

    Whether Second Life and other virtual worlds can extend themselves beyond the often-eccentric, always-colorful personalities here this weekend, will determine how much money the army of business-card wielding techies here will profit from it all.

    It may not happen during this generation. But for today's youth, going onto a virtual world will be as normal and mainstream as logging onto the Web, speculates Rafi Santo, who works on educational initiatives in Second Life's teen grid where only people ages 13 to 17 are allowed.

    "Ten years ago, how many kids did you know that had cell phones? ... Today, how many kids do you know that don't text 1,000 times a day, that don't have MySpace?" he asks.

    "It's going to age in. That's how it's going to come to fruition," he says.

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[conf] Virtual World Residents to Gather in Chicago 

VIRTUAL WORLD RESIDENTS TO GATHER IN CHICAGO; MACARTHUR FOUNDATION TO FUND FIRST-EVER NON-PROFIT THREAD

CHICAGO, IL (August 8, 2007) – The Second Life Community Convention, which is expected to draw hundreds of virtual world “residents” from around the globe to Chicago on August 24-26, will feature a series of events examining the increasing presence of social justice organizations in virtual worlds. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which recently announced a year-long exploration of virtual worlds, is supporting these events at the convention in order to spark discussion about the use of virtual worlds for the public good.

Second Life is one of several “virtual worlds” that offers a three-dimensional environment where online participants from around the globe are represented by avatars in social and workplace interactions that mimic and reinvent the physical world. Participation in virtual worlds has been growing rapidly. Second Life now has millions of users and a growing non-profit community.

[teen/sl] Teen Grid Relay for Life! 

Today was the launch of the teen grid's own version of the popular main grid fundraiser, the Second Life Relay For Life. The Relay raises money for cancer research and patient services, and we're really excited to have it here on the teen grid.

The kick-off event turned out amazing! We had a whole bunch of people come and dance with us, including Uggh Oh (aka Randy Moss of the American Cancer Society) and we raised quite a bit of linden! Check it out!

Over L$30,000 in an hour, and we're at L$32,782. It's an outstanding amount of linden, for the first day; and I'm very very proud and thankful to everyone that has helped. I'll keep you all posted on upcoming Relay fundraisers here on the teen grid! :)

[conf] Non-profit / Philanthropy Schedule Announced for This Year's SLCC 


The Non-profit and Philanthropy Thread
at the 2007 Second Life Community Convention

Developed by Global Kids in partnership with
the MacArthur Foundation

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25

10:00am-11:00am
EDUCATION TRACK
"The Public Good, Passion, and Learning"
Insights gathered from the MacArthur Foundation's journey into fieldbuilding in virtual worlds, digital media, and learning.

The education track keynote will be given by Connie Yowell, the Director of Education in the MacArthur Foundation's Program on Human and Community Development. In this role, she focuses on grants relating to public education, and on the implications for education of young people's use of digital media.

1:30pm-03:00pm
MACHINIMA TRACK
“Teens Making Machinima within Non-Profit Programs”

This all-teen panel will highlight animated movies created by TSL residents within after school programs for the MacArthur Foundation and UNICEF. Machinima will be screened and issues related to their production within a non-profit setting will be explored.

[CRC] CRC Machinima Camp Photos! 


These are the campers building one thing all together. They each added one small part to create a final product! They all stood in a line and were very cooperative.


All of the campers lined up to add in their part~ to the build!


This is a close up of a camper working on his part of the build!


This is a bird's-eye-view shot of the props that JOEY made for his machinima.


On the left is the theater on Global Kids Machinima Island, and to the right is where all the Campers meet!


This is when Machinima Guru or Moo Money came and talked to the campers about storyboarding and showed them how to do it. Also, she made a storyboard to showed it to them as an example!

[didi] Meghan GKid joins the team 

Hi! This is Meghan Deana, also now known as Meghan GKid, checking in with my first blog post. I recently joined Global Kids Online Leadership Program, and I thought I’d take a minute to introduce myself.

I came to Global Kids this summer after graduating with my Master’s Degree in Teaching. While teaching is my passion, it must share my attentions with my love of technology, especially gaming and virtual worlds. With a background in computer science, and experience working as a Liaison for Linden Lab (Second Life), I hoped to find a way to combine my interests and talents in some productive way. Well, when I got the mail from LinkedIn that Global Kids was hiring, I knew this was the opportunity I was looking for. I guess GK agreed, because here I am!

Me and Blue Linden in my first moments at Global Kids Island

I am having a fantastic orientation to Global Kids working this summer on our CRC Machinima Camp.

In my free time I am still an active resident of Second Life, and when I’m not in front of a computer I enjoy spending time with my husband James, and my amazing chocolate Labrador Hawkins (ask me about him some time!)

[CRC] Summary of first week at CRC Machinima Camp 

Hi everyone!

This is Tabitha Gkid, I am here to report on our first week of CRC Machinima Camp, and what a wonderful first week, indeed!

On Day 1, each camper did a “show and tell” exercise. Every camper got up to introduce him/herself, and shared something from their inventory with the rest of the group. That was a lot of fun and we got to see some interesting “prized possessions” from a few of the campers.

Here is a snapshot of us going through the CRC, putting up a poster version of the child-friendly version, soon after everyone had agreed to the 3 GK guidelines – One mic, safe space and participation!

Here is Scott standing closer to the poster for a better look:

Before everyone left, we had an optional dance party for everyone to get to know each other.

Thanks Daniel Voyager for taking the snapshot!

On Day 2, we did a quick warm up activity, which surprised a few campers...
The group was asked to line up in a row from beginning of the year to the end of the year, according to their birthdays.

[CRC] The Convention on the Rights of the Child Summer Camp has begun! 

It seems like just yesterday I was sitting around the campfire of Camp GK 2006, and going over what we had done that day. It's been over a year, and I'm happy to say that I'm reporting for the CRC Machinima camp this year smile.gif! The first day of camp went really well, and Tabitha, Meghan, and Mercury all did amazing jobs.

The day started out great! Tabitha, Meghan, and Mercury all introduced themselves to the campers, and began to explain the rules and guidelines for camp this year, (Safe Space, One Mic, Participation, PBC [people before computers]). After we all understood and discussed the rules, we all got to introduce ourselves, and show an item that represented us. We saw many different things; a car, a necklace, some posters, and some pretty intresting shoestongue.gif. We all then moved to the amazing movie theater that Brooke Barmy put together for the camp, and watched some movies on Child Rights. After a discussion on them; it was time to close up for the day! It went by rather fast, and I'm looking forward to many more sessions of the camp. :)