NYC Haunts

NYC Haunts at MS 391 - Barry Lyga visits!  



Barry Lyga with NYC Haunts Youth at MS 391

This week Global Kids Leaders at MS 391 were treated with a special visit from author Barry Lyga. Continuing from the work they have been doing thus far in developing a story for their new game, Barry led a great lesson on character and narrative. The youth participated in exercises that improved their descriptive language and encouraged them to think of alternative ways to modernize basic story premises.

NYC Haunts at MS 391 - Barry Lyga visits!  



Barry Lyga with NYC Haunts Youth at MS 391

This week Global Kids Leaders at MS 391 were treated with a special visit from author Barry Lyga. Continuing from the work they have been doing thus far in developing a story for their new game, Barry led a great lesson on character and narrative. The youth participated in exercises that improved their descriptive language and encouraged them to think of alternative ways to modernize basic story premises.

NYC Haunts at MS 391 - Barry Lyga visits!  



Barry Lyga with NYC Haunts Youth at MS 391

This week Global Kids Leaders at MS 391 were treated with a special visit from author Barry Lyga. Continuing from the work they have been doing thus far in developing a story for their new game, Barry led a great lesson on character and narrative. The youth participated in exercises that improved their descriptive language and encouraged them to think of alternative ways to modernize basic story premises.

NYC Haunts at MS 391 - Barry Lyga visits!  



Barry Lyga with NYC Haunts Youth at MS 391

This week Global Kids Leaders at MS 391 were treated with a special visit from author Barry Lyga. Continuing from the work they have been doing thus far in developing a story for their new game, Barry led a great lesson on character and narrative. The youth participated in exercises that improved their descriptive language and encouraged them to think of alternative ways to modernize basic story premises.

NYC Haunts at MS 391 - Barry Lyga visits!  



Barry Lyga with NYC Haunts Youth at MS 391

This week Global Kids Leaders at MS 391 were treated with a special visit from author Barry Lyga. Continuing from the work they have been doing thus far in developing a story for their new game, Barry led a great lesson on character and narrative. The youth participated in exercises that improved their descriptive language and encouraged them to think of alternative ways to modernize basic story premises.

NYC Haunts at MS 391 - Barry Lyga visits!  



Barry Lyga with NYC Haunts Youth at MS 391

This week Global Kids Leaders at MS 391 were treated with a special visit from author Barry Lyga. Continuing from the work they have been doing thus far in developing a story for their new game, Barry led a great lesson on character and narrative. The youth participated in exercises that improved their descriptive language and encouraged them to think of alternative ways to modernize basic story premises.

NYC Haunts at MS 391 - Barry Lyga visits!  



Barry Lyga with NYC Haunts Youth at MS 391

This week Global Kids Leaders at MS 391 were treated with a special visit from author Barry Lyga. Continuing from the work they have been doing thus far in developing a story for their new game, Barry led a great lesson on character and narrative. The youth participated in exercises that improved their descriptive language and encouraged them to think of alternative ways to modernize basic story premises.

NYC Haunts at Seward Park - Play Testing! 



Queena and Cindy guide us through the investigation.

It's appropriate that on the eve of International Women's Day these young ladies toured the streets of Seward Park with iPads in hand testing the mobile game they designed on women's labor rights. Youth leaders Cindy and Queena along with Global Kids staff member Joliz Cedeño and librarian Johanna Lewis spent yesterday ensuring that the game - tentatively titled "Ghost and Found" - not only highlighted some of the interesting sights in the neighborhood but explored the history of the area through its characters. The narrative follows the detective on the hunt for a missing girl. Through his investigation he learns about the issues immigrant women faced finding safe working conditions in the early 1900s.

Global Kids presenting at the Digital Media and Learning Conference 

GK panel at DML 2012 Last week, Global Kids and Global Kids' work was presented at the third annual Digital Media and Learning Conference, in San Francisco.

Global Kids organized one panel, which featured three of our staff member, two of our partners (New York Public Library and NYU's Games For Learning Institute), and three of our programs. We co-ran a table for HASTAC at the Mozilla Science Fair, where we spoke about three of our programs. And Myrna Rubel, a middle school principal, spoke on a second panel about our collaboration through a badging system.

Video from Beyond Game Play: Developing Youth Identity as Civic Minded Game Designers:

NYC Haunts at MS 391 - Exploring Belmont 

Global Kids Leaders from MS 391 explored the neighborhood of Belmont, the Little Italy of the Bronx. With camera and iPads in hand they walked through the streets and talked with local vendors learning about how the neighborhood has changed in the last century. They sampled breadsticks from the local bakery and found that the residents were friendly and open to sharing their love for their community. Nilda Lopez and Danielle Youmeni of the Belmont Branch of the New York Public Library pulled books and videos for students to browse through and learn more about the area. They were fascinated that the library was once a movie theater and that cinema itself had a rich history there. After exploring students dined on local cuisine at Mario's, a restaurant on Arthur Avenue that had been there for over a century. The meal was followed by a stroll through the Arthur Avenue Retail Market. The young people came away from the trip inspired and ready to share with their peers what they learned and could be beneficial to the game they will be creating.

Check out some of the photos from the trip!