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Engaging & Educating Global Citizens on Youth Media Exchange 

Global Kids in collaboration with TakingITGlobal were recently featured on the MacArthur Foundation's Spotlight Blog to discuss Youth Media Exchange. TakingITGlobal's Natalie Rodic and Jennifer Corriero discussed the launch and development of Youth Media Exchange, the online social network for youth interested in using digital media tools to share information on major global issues.

The demonstration phase of Youth Media Exchange sought to examine the question: how is youth-produced media best conceived, organized, and disseminated to engage and educate a broad audience of global citizens? This social networking website went about answering this question by aggregating and amplifying youth voices through digital media with the aim of increasing media literacy skills in the process. Throughout the course of the last year a number of new questions arose for this collaborative group of professionals informed by the process of experimentation and academic advisors on the project.

Job Opportunity at Global Kids High School 

The High School for Global Citizenship has officially posted a job opening for an Assistant Principal position. They are seeking highly motivated candidates who strongly believe in social justice and human rights for all (and social justice and human rights education), hold high expectations of their students, colleagues, and themselves, and are interested in joining a team of hard-working, dedicated educators. Please visit the website for more information about the community: http://hs-gc.org

Please pass this to everyone you know who may be interested (or who may know someone who is). Details, and a link to the job posting and application, are below. The deadline for applications for jobs newly posted on November 17, 2008 is 3 p.m. on Monday, December 1, 2008. Please be sure all applications include your 6-digit file number that was issued along with your NYC Certificate of Eligibility.

JOB DESCRIPTION
Assistant Principal (Administration) - Day High School

The New York City Department of Education (DOE) is seeking self-motivated, visionary school leaders from inside and outside the New York City public school system for multiple assistant principal vacancies.

[P4K] Tour of CONSENT! game in Teen Second Life 

Global Kids Playing 4 Keeps teen Tashawna, part of the team who helped develop CONSENT!, takes us on a tour of the project that was created within Teen Second Life during 2006-07. She was asked to narrate it nearly a year after the game was completed. It was created in partnership with youth in the Global Kids after school program and youth developers in Teen Second Life.

In this simulation based on Harriet A. Washington's book "Medical Apartheid" you play as an African-American prisoner who has to make tough decisions about whether to choose to 'consent' and submit to medical experiments from the 1940s to the present.

The game was built within the virtual world of Teen Second Life.

Find out more information on our blog or the Global Kids website.

[Conf] Footage up from Sandbox Summit 

Video footage from this year's SandBox Summit now is up on YouTube. You can find the videos here.

Our own Barry Joseph gets to lead the "Show and Tell" portion of the Sandbox Summit!

[VVP] VVP Posts about the 2008 Election 

VVP Posts about the 2008 Election

Two days after the election, the Virtual Video Project students wrote their views about Obama being elected the next president of the United States.

Click on the photo to see a larger version.

Something's Coming... From Lego 

As Teen Second Life continues to fail to deliver on its potential, I am as frustrated as ever by the lack of competition. But today I learned of a bright light in the distance.

While there are many interesting and entertaining virtual worlds, and a handful with good opportunities for education, few offer ANY combination of affordances that make TSL such a powerful learning environment, such as:
- The ability to create items from scratch and direct them with internal code,
- The ability to sell or trade objects and afford the new owner the ability to modify them,
- Ownership of the intellectual property within their creations, etc.

Most youth-oriented worlds share a common set of tools - avatar creation, object collecting, communication tools, currency, a personalized "home” - but only Linden Lab has created a powerful tool for collective creativity, empowering its users/residents with tools required to construct the world around them and give shape to their dreams and desires.

That is, perhaps, until now (or some time in 2009), when Lego Universe is revealed, which to the best of my knowledge is a combination virtual world/MMOG (that is, it will be a creative, social space but also contain a larger narrative with points and missions).

The Seed of Giving 

Robert Sherman has been a long time supporter of Global Kids through his position as a program officer at the Surdna Foundation.

To acknowledge his recent change from the Foundation to Mercy Corps we created this visual thank you for planting so many of the seeds at the base of our work at Global Kids.

Thanks Robert!

Apple tree

[vvp/teen] My voice 

I feel really great about this 2008 election. It's the first time that I actually participated and cared about who becomes our president. I'm not sure why, maybe its because I'm older since the last election or because I know this election would make a huge difference and impact on everyone. On November 4th I watched Barack Obama win and become the president of the United States of America. I listened to his speech and I saw the thousands of people that united. They were all different races and many probably had different beliefs. I noticed that people have opened their eyes to see that we need a change in this country, and in order for that change to take place, they voted. I am glad to have been a part of history.

[vvp/teen] Sentiment Wall 

Hey, I'm the WarriorGal. Today I came to GK a bit late so I missed the "sentiment wall," but from what I heard, it was about sharing our ideas of the post election. I'm a Republican and I didn't really want Obama to win, however I really didn't want McCain to win either. It is time for a change, and I do believe that we can. That is why I support Obama more than I support McCain. Another reason I did not like McCain was because I really dislike Palin. I will miss President Bush, but I'm looking forward to the change Obama has promised us. Well, bye-bye!

~WarriorGal