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[sl] NOAA Glacier arrives on GK, sparks debate about global warming 

After much anticipation, the melting glacier of NOAA main grid fame has arrived on GK island. We held an event on Tuesday located there, engaged in some great discussion about what NOAA is, why sea levels rise, and what it all means for the world. It was followed by an incredible debate, GK style of course (involving flying!), during which the teens showed us just how much they knew and how passionate they are about environmental issues.

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Check out this great post by Kate, one of the educators that works with GK on our island:

Tonight, Blue and Philip Linden presented on GK island about the past, present, and future of TSL, as part of Global Kids two week long celebration of our first year in Second Life. It probably had the most participants ever at a live Global Kids event in TSL.

To extend the reach of the event, we not only held the event on GK Island, but we held the Interview NOT in the public chat but within the IM chat of the Global Kids group; that way we could invite people to listen in from all over the grid. We had never tried that before - we had less control over people talking out of turn - but it still went fairly well. Meanwhile, teens on GK island could use the public chat as a backchannel and sent questions to TSL resident Mariel VoyUNICEF. Along with Mariel, TSL resident Lucky was also kind enough to blog about the event.

[sl/teen] Week One of The Global Kid's two week anniversary celebration! 

Hey guys!
As most of you know, Global Kids is celebrating it's year anniversary in Teen Second Life!
It's been an incredible year, and they've reached some very important milestones.
The past week has head many awesome activities for the residents of TSL.
I wasn't present for them all, so I can't tell you -all- about them.

I can say that on Wednesday, The Global Kids had some amazing teens talk about their experiences. I sadly could not make it to talk, due to personal reasons; but I've read what my fellow campers, and others have said.

Yesterday, Barry managed a debate. The topic was something along the lines of, 'What do you think of adults in a teen space?'
There were many more subjects covered, though.
Some talked about what teens can gain or lose through a virtual world, and others focused mainly on the topic of adults in the teen space.
Although there wasn't much opposition; everyone had opinions, very different from the next person.

Guests from NYLC and Learn and Serve America 

Jim Kielsmeier, Founder and CEO of National Youth Leadership Council, along with Amy Cohen, Director of Learn & Serve America at the Corporation for National and Community Service, and Bradford Lewis, Program Officer for Learn & Serve America at the Corporation for National and Community Service, talked with residents for the first time in Teen Second Life on a live audio panel on Wednesday, March 21, 2007.

The 90 minutes panel featured a discussion on "Service-learning in America, what does it mean and why is it important?", and was well received by over 45 teens that dropped by to listen in. Mercury Metropolitan was asked to be the teen interviewer and moderator for the event.

Each guest shared about their experience in the service-learning sector, talked about their work abroad and provided vivid real-life examples on how teens are making the world a better place by serving their local schools, communities, and volunteer work.

The audio and virtual avatar interactions made it possible for teens from different parts of the United Kingdom and U.S.A. to participate and ask questions on how they can get invovled in real life, while some even managed to make friends with the guests after the panel ended.

[sl] Teens debate role of adults in Teen Second Life 

Tonight, as part of Global Kids birthday party in TSL, we hosted a debate about the role of adults in online teen spaces (which quickly became about the role of adults in TSL).

TSL resident Mariel, from Mexico, reported:

    "...the debate was very useful because, no matter that we didn’t really get to an absolute consensus, the whole Teen Grid community (and also the adults who are interested in running projects in it) will have a stronger basis to work on now that we’ve found the points at which both perspectives meet." [read more from Mariel...]

It was a very rich and honest discussion, and involved a number of panelists and a very active audience. Below is an abridged log from the discussion.

But first, some photos!

[sl] Teen panel talking about GK programs in SL in the past year 

On Wednesday March 14, 2007, as part of the one year anniversary celebration in TSL, GK leaders gathered up on the GK event stage to reflect on their experience with Global Kids through various activities and programs, and talked to teens from all over the world. The GK leaders shared about their accomplishments, provided examples of their past work in TSL, and encouraged teens to get involved with future GK activities. Some of the teens are from our after-school programs based in NYC, while others participated in other activities such as the UNICEF World Fit for Children Festival.

Below is a short excerpt of the dialogue during the panel:

Tabitha Gkid: The panel begins now! Please have a seat everyone. Well welcome GK leaders! Please tell us about yourself and how you got started with Global Kids…

Tyguy Homewood: There's all kind of people here.

Introduction – Joe Gkid and Jack Gkid from our after-school Machinima program

Report on the Scavenger Hunt Challenge 

Reported by GK Volunteer - Mat Brocco

Here on Global Kids Island, the second event for the Global Kids Anniversary Celebration took place today. It was the scavenger hunt that requires contestants to explore all of Global kids island.

As explained to me by Rafi Gkid who was the event host, both blue and green recycling containers had been spread out throughout the entire island. There were exactly 15 containers hidden around GK Island, each of the containers when clicked represented a pop up which had a question about the environment. If a person had guessed the correct answer, they were rewarded with one point, and whoever had the most points at the end of the game wins.

For the first round many residents of the Teen grid scattered about the island to find the blue and green bins, for their chance to answer a question and score a point. As time went by, the first round came to an end and weall gathered up by the scoreboard. At the end of the first round the winner was Trextron Sukra, who was rewarded 50 Linden dollars.

Check out a pic from right before the end of the first round:
GK Environmental Scavenger Hunt - Round One

[sl] Birthday Cake Making Contest! 

Hi everyone!

For this week only, 15 teens are busy competing in the Birthday Cake Making Contest on Global Kids Island, a first time initiative that we hope will become an annual event. The baker with the highest votes will win $1000 Linden (roughly $3.50 USD) and we will announce the winner on Friday, March 16, at 6pm EST. Good luck to all the participants!

Here are some examples of the cakes:

Made by Redsamba Hall. With splashing white fireworks and a rotating number 1.

Made by Draverm Young. Want a slice?

Made by Angeleart Kubo. With fireworks and animated flags!

To see more, go to this link

[blog] Henry Jenkins talks about GK's use of Second Life 

As many know, Henry initiated a three-way blog debate about Second Life amongst Beth Coleman, Clay Shirky and himself. In his most recent post, he had very nice things to say about our work in that space.

[sl] TSL Resident Sends GK Happy Birthday Machinima for Year Anniversary 

TSL resident Zack Voom posted a video on YouTube, dedicated to Global Kids, for our own year anniversary in Second Life. It documents his building, in-world, of a birthday cake as part of our anniversary contest.

Along with the video, he sent this note:

HI! My name is Zack, a 14 year old machinima maker, SL builder and SL scripter. I am a big fan of GK Island(s) and felt that, out of my care (and boredom), I would take part in GK's birthday bash. The video I am sending you is of me building my GK birthday cake. The music is legal and made by Torley Wong (Linden). Enjoy :D