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Educator Training on Youth Media Creation Next Wednesday 

Amira Fouad and Rik Panganiban of Global Kids Online Leadership Program will be facilitating a professional development workshop on "Transforming Youth From Social Media Consumers to Creators" on Wednesday, March 17. Here's the full description:

Global Kids has been a leader integrating social media tools within educational programs to develop 21st Century skills since 2000. With the emergence of online media from Youtube to Wikipedia, the new digital generation is presented with opportunities to broadcast their voice in unprecedented ways. In this training, educators will be engaged in hands on activities using social media tools that have educational applications, such as blogs, digital comics, maps and more, and hear about successful case studies from a variety of educational settings.

All Global Kids trainings are offered at $75 per person with a discounted rate of $50 each for two sessions or more. Trainings take place from 9:00 am to 3.00 pm on the day indicated, at Global Kids' Center for Global Leadership, located at 137 East 25th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10010.

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

[vvp] Machinima for Social Good 

Award winning machinima producer, Draxtor Despres' latest video report focuses on using machinima for social good and Global Kids machinima film "Discovered". In it he features interviews with Chris Hall and our own Rik Panganiban.

Share Your Meeting Online Stories 

Global Kids is involved in the production of an upcoming HBO documentary called "Meeting Online." We are looking for interesting stories that revolve around connections made on the internet.

If you, or a friend or colleague you know, has met someone online and this relationship deeply affected you, then we want to hear your story. It could be anything from Internet dating to making a significant personal or professional connection. whether that be a best friend that you met through WoW, a long-lost relative you connected with on Facebook, or your life partner you first bumped into in Second Life.

The show will be directed by Emmy Award, Oscar-nominated director Robert Kenner ("Food, Inc.") and produced by Marc Weiss, creator of the critically-acclaimed public TV series "P.O.V."

You can share your Meeting Online stories:

[P4K] Comparing Ayiti: The Cost of Life to WoW 

In a recent post on the blog New Journalism, the educator Paul Allison shares with us a video created by one of his high school youth at East-West School of International Studies. This video featured 10th grader Terrence reading on how Ayiti: The Cost of Life, compares to the MMORPG World of Warcraft online.

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You can also view this video directy on New Journalizm.

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.