[sl] Global Kids soft launches educators program in TSL 

Global Kids has soft launched our new educators program in Teen Second Life aptly called Virtual World Campus.

Some of the details were posted in a recent SLED forums post,

Global Kids and Firesabre are creating a Teen Second Life Virtual World Campus that will make it far easier for educators to use Second Life. Up to now there's been a steep learning curve, and high minimum costs.

1 - There's no need to buy a private island from Linden Lab to create an education area for teens.

2 - Educators can rent or buy land parcels for projects.

3 - Firesabre handles much of the interaction with Linden Lab.

4 - Firesabre associates are available to provide answers and assistance.

People out in the blogosphere have also noticed us dipping our toes in the water. You can read more of what others are saying in the following posts:

There have also been some great comments left as well:

[vvp] Filming the Child Soldiers 

Today we spent the day filming the project. Here are some behind the scenes working with the rebels in the Lords Resistance Army.

Creating a way for soldiers to be sleeping
To make them look like they are sleeping, everyone sat on an invisible box, which we then rotated

Filming the soldiers in the cafeteria
William in the white shirt, who will control the camera, is walking around the cafeteria with Idan watching to set up the shot

[p4k] Digital Refinery at work 

Digital Refinery, the teen-led Second Life development company, is hard at work creating the game for the Playing 4 Keeps program. Isn't that crane sweet?

Digital Refinery building the Playing 4 Keeps game

[P4K] Last class 

Today was the last P4K class at South Shore.

We asked the students some questions to get their feedback on the various aspects of the program and what they thought they learned during the course of the year -
1. What went well during the year in P4K for the group?
2. What went well during the year in P4K for you personally?
3. What did you learn this year about games and game design?
4. What did you learn this year about global and social issues?
5. What leadership skills did you learn?
6. What could be done differently in the program next year?
7. What could you do differently in the future?

Click on the links to see what Tashawna, Sanji, Vladimyr, Jonathon and Syndie had to say.

[blog, blog, blog] GK buzz in the Blogosphere 

Lots of people have been talking about Global Kids out in the blogosphere. Read some of their comments and posts below.

In Eliane Alhadeff's blog Future-Making Serious Games we made her top '5 Blogs That Make Me Think' in her post The Thinking Blogger Award For Future-Making Serious Games.

[Press] Living in the World You Imagine 

Imagine Magazine in their May/June issue has an article written by Angela Balcita that features the TSL space and spotlights Eye 4 You Alliance and Global Kids Island.

Download the article here.

[sl] James Paul Gee arrives on Global Kids Island 

Global Kids was thrilled to invite Professor Gee to Global Kids Island today. Professor Gee spoke on a live audio stream while trying on different avatars created by teens. At the same time, we invited adults within SL or outside SL to listen in on the audio stream and participate in the live chat via Sloodle (a first for the teen grid - it worked great!).

Group shot with Jim, as Wolf

For those of us in the field of games and learning, you might have heard of Professor Gee from the University of Wisconsin or read one of his books.

Jim pretended to be a special alien visiting from a planet unknown. This friendly alien was looking for an appropriate avatar outfit to "fit into" as he explored Second Life for the first time. He was offered all sorts of avatars designed by the teens through an avatar design contest.

[nc] Newz Crew Program Visits DC! 

Every year, GK's Newz Crew afterschool program visits its partners at the Newshour with Jim Lehrer in an annual DC trip. This year, one of the teens, Anthony, was so inspired by the trip that he decided he wanted to blog about it here on the GK blog. Enjoy!

Newz Crew on the famous Newshour set

[SL] GK Presents at the SL Best Practices Conferences 

This past Friday was the 24 hour long conference focusing on Best Practices in Education within Second Life. Barry Joseph as his main grid avatar globalkids bixby presented a 'Choose your own adventure' styled talk on the history of the teen grid and Global Kids activities and programs that have taken place in the last year and a half. Global Kids was also a sponsor of the event and even gave out digital copies of their comic books and the GK lightbulbs which until the presentation had only existed in the Teen Grid.

The event was covered by SLCN who were also providing the video and audio streaming. You can view the video below or on the SLCN site here or download the video directly here.

[P4K] Games for Change Conference 

Global Kids will be running a teen panel including youth from both our P4K and VVP programs and we invite people to join us. Details are below!

Please join us for the 2007 4th Annual Games for Change Festival, taking place on June 11 - 12 at Parsons the New School for Design in NYC. Called "an early Sundance of video games" for "socially-minded game-makers" the festival will bring together leading non-profit organizations, game scholars, and industry experts to explore real world games with real-world impact. Participants include MoveOn, the MacArthur Foundation, MTV, and the UN, as well as artists and activists of all stripes. This new trend in gaming includes games about poverty, global warming, and Middle East peace. You'll get a chance to learn how these games are made during the daytime panels and presentations, and you can play and vote on the top games during the festival Expo Night, sponsored by Microsoft.

Please find the festival site here: http://www.gamesforchange.org/conference/2007/index.php

And press highlights here: http://www.gamesforchange.org/conference/2007/press.php

We hope to see you there!