[VVP/TEENS] Stryboarding 

This past Tuesday the group got things organized and we started storyboarding. Storyboarding basically is a draft showing how the PSA is going to be done. It shows what is going on and at what angle. It was amazing to see how fast the process was going. We didn't get time to start filming, but the progress we made was very good, so if we keep at this pace we'll be catching up to the other groups in no time. It’s just a matter of patience and organization skills for us to finish our PSA and make a good one too.

[sl/teen] GK celebrating 1 year anniversary on Teen Second Life 

+++++ Anniversary Celebration+++++


February was GK's 1 year anniversary in TSL (woo-hoo!), and we want to celebrate it with you! Which means not only do we want you to help out, but we need you to pass the word and invite others to the grand celebration.

Some major highlight of the festival will include a birthday cake making contest, a live audio discussion on the history and future of the teen grid featuring Blue Linden and a secret SURPRISE visitor, a beautiful and giant photo montage displaying all of GK’s work in the past year, and last but not least, a live streaming of our annual Global Kids Youth Conference so all of you can SEE us in real world!

The New Media Consortium (NMC) from the main grid will be co-locating these events on their campus in the main grid, so they can listen in and participate in the events across grids with us!

For more photos, click on this link

Below is the list of events and schedule of the 1 year anniversary festival, see you there!

Starting from March 12 to March 23, 2007

[web] We got DIGGED! 

Ayiti: the Cost of Life got DIGGED. And, not only that but the digg has spurred a wide array of comments from people. One commenter even explains how to hack the game so you can play it offline and make yourself rich (in the game, of course).

Check our Digg out here.


[award] Playing 4 Keeps Named An Adobe Youth Voices Project of Change 

Global Kids' was delighted to be selected as one of the new Adobe Youth Voices' Project of Change. More details will follow over time. For now, here is their description of the project:

Listen Up! -with the support of Adobe Youth Voices -is proud to recognize exemplary projects created by young people. Each of these outstanding projects were made possible through a unique set of processes, signature pedagogies and best practices in youth media education designed by their sponsoring organizations. The Projects of Change website aims to uncover the process behind this product and to better understand the contexts in which progressive media education takes place within youth media organizations.


A new report, "Afterschool for the Global Age," produced by Asia Society and The George Lucas Educational Foundation, features Global Kids work as an example of best practices developing global education, both in person and online.

Learning Locally, Connecting Globally

Global Kids is a New York City basednonprofi t that works with youth after school and online to build digital literacy,foster substantive virtual dialogues about current events, and promote civic participation through interactive games. Global Kids holds in-person and online youth conferences, including roundtables and summer institutes at the Council on Foreign Relations as well as online in Teen Second Life. A multiplayer virtual reality environment, Second Life users from around the globe interact within an online community. Global Kids students create action campaigns to educate Second Life participants about global issues. Global Kids students also create educational video games, such as Ayiti: The Cost of Life, in which players learn about poverty by taking responsibility for a family in rural Haiti.

[P4K] Ayiti: Take your Classroom Global! 

TakingITGlobal recently posted to their site up a curriculum focused around Ayiti: The Cost of Life. The site has a series of lesson plans that relate to the game and the challenges that are faced daily in Haiti.

From their site:

Working with youth leaders at South Shore High School, Global Kids and Gamelab have developed Ayiti, a role-playing video game in which the player assumes the roles of family members living in rural Haiti. Over the course of the game, the player must choose among and balance various goals, such as achieving education, making money, staying healthy, and maintaining happiness while encountering unexpected events. The player must make many decisions that contribute to or detract from achieving his or her chosen goals.


TakingITGlobal is proud to partner with Global Kids to offer Ayiti on TIGed, a thematic classroom that connects the Ayiti game to a virtual classroom toolset, allowing educators to guide their students through a rich, interactive learning experience that includes Ayiti gameplay!



View the lesson plans and classroom activities for TIGed + Ayiti below:
Play Ayiti: The Cost of Life

Class Discussion About Playing Ayiti: The Cost of Life

Reflections on Playing Ayiti: The Cost of Life

Global Kids' work in Second Life was mentioned in this new book: Totally Wired: What Teens and Tweens Are REALLY Doing Online, by Anastasia Goodstein.

Here is an excerpt from it:

[p4k] Global Kids Launches Its New Island: Serious Gaming Island 

Celebrating the start of our second year in the teen grid, Global Kids has launched the Global Kids Serious Gaming Island, along with the Global Kids Machinima Island. Both islands will develop communities that will support our related after school programs while providing an environment to engage TSL residents around the same issues.

Below is a shot from the first few moments on the island, - a tringo board and a chess board, with Blue helping us out, along with Rafi, Joe Gkid, Mercury, Jackson Widget, and myself. Very exciting things to come.

[VVP/Teens] Cinematography Workshop 

Last class we learned a lot! We had a cinematography workshop where we watched clips from movies that had interesting camera angles or colors or styles. We learned that the colors and lighting of scenes can affect the mood, while speeding up and slowing down scenes can cause dramatization or draw attention on objects. We learned about different camera angles that cause different effects like in "Do The Right Thing" the camera angles looking up at someone and looking down on someone gives you the feel of respect and a sort of looking down on a person literally and figuratively. Each clip had a specific style that was important. For example, Amelie used lighting and color to bring out moods. The shining used the camera angle at a low point so that it gives you the point of view of a helpless child. Psycho used the camera to stay at a certain point while things happen off screen to cause a sense of foreboding and The Untouchables used slow motion to cause dramatization in which the baby carriage fell in slow motion. All the clips were very interesting and gave me a lot of ideas for my groups PSA.

[Teen/VVP] Breaking Down Components 

On Thursday the 15th of February, we mostly spent the Machinima session watching different clips. I think everyone can say that they did learn something from that session because Chris and Meredith broke down different aspects of a movie, or aspects that a movie may contain, and showed it to us. They used different clips to show us how people use color, angle, shots and duration in the actual movie. I guess I liked how they taught it to us because they showed us a clip and asked about one aspect like color and then they showed us one that was very different. By the last clip we could identify most of the different aspects and so we could basically watch a clip and break down the different components. The movies were all pretty interesting—but I have probably only watched….four maybe? We didn’t get to watch one last clip though…it was a German movie—it wouldn’t load on Youtube. Oh well~ I guess. I thought the movie Psycho seemed pretty interesting; it may have been an old movie, but the plot seemed interesting. I think this was a good time for me to learn these things because I was actually watching some videos made by Torley Linden about making shots on SL—and the lesson Meredith and Chris gave coincided perfectly with that. So I guess, now all there is to do, is begin the production process—or do the actual filming…gather our props together…and etc. etc….