NYC Haunts

NYC Haunts - visit to the Bronx Library Center and Poe's Cottage 

Global Kids youth leaders from MS 391 who are creating the second installment of NYC Haunts (a geo-locative game using the platform ARIS), went on a trip to the Bronx Library Center and Edgar Allan Poe's cottage in the Bronx this past Tuesday. At the library, they started mapping the game using flowcharts with plot points from research they conducted about Edgar Allan Poe and his time living in the Bronx. Youth leaders were interested in answering questions about Poe such as if he had any children or if he earned a living from writing only.

After the brainstorming session, they went to Poe's park to see the cottage and take pictures of the place that they will later use in the game.

Presenting storyboard for game

The news is out: Funding for City Kids and Teens to Geek Out Anytime, Anywhere: $590,000 for 12 Groups that Help Kids Connect and Learn through Digital Media. These funds are part of an effort from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and The New York Community Trust to expand the possibilities for digital learning.

In general, the latest round of grants will help develop and expand projects that use smart phones, iPads, social networks, and programming skills to help students become media makers as well as consumers, connecting the social and academic and making the world a better place.

Global Kids is thrilled to have receive funding from four proposals submitted in the latest round:

Civic Geocaching
This is a spring program in which GK youth will identify a civic issue and educate their peers and their community through a scavenger hunt-style activity called geocaching. It will be developed in partnership with youth and staff at the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. A second proposal will support us to work with Mills College to evaluate the program.

Global Kids at MobilityShifts 2011 

6239880244_8817da5dea_b.jpegBelow you will find a recap provided by the Hive Learning Network that discusses a recent presentation by Global Kids at MobilityShifts 2011.

MobilityShifts: An International Future of Learning Summit was a week-long summit that took place from October 10-16, 2011 and featured a conference, workshops, a science fair, performances, and exhibitions focused on the changing landscape of learning using digital media. A continuation of The New School’s biennial Politics of Digital Culture conference series, MobilityShifts added an international layer to the current debate about learning with digital media, with a particular emphasis on learning outside the bounds of schools and universities.

Global Kids NYC Haunts at MS 391 - Day 1 

After a successful run in the spring semester Global Kids is back at the Angelo Patri Middle School 391 in the Bronx. Since our last run our students from the program graduated onto high school allowing us to work with an entirely new group of excited 7th and 8th graders. On our first day students were given an overview of the program and discussed what is gaming. The discussion led to what is mobile gaming and how we can use it to teach local history. This semester we will be using a new platform called Aris as the basis of our game which will allow for more creativity from the students with its many customization features. Using a game we created ahead of time, the group was able to test the basic functions of Aris. Students grasped the concepts quickly and were immediately buzzing with ideas for story-lines and characters.

More coverage of GK's NYC Haunts 

Published in The MacArthur Foundation's Spotlight on Digital Media, "Technology Brings Bronx Teens Closer to Their Own Neighborhood" described in glowing terms Global Kids' recent collaboration with the New York Public Library on NYC Haunts.

"This is a great example of a public library being used as a community center where kids have the chance to experiment with technology." To read the rest, go here.

NYC Haunts featured in The Huffington Post 


NYC Haunts, the location-based game developed by middle school students from MS 391 was featured in The Huffington Post on July 14, 2011. Jack Martin, Assistant Director for Public Programs/Lifelong Learning for Children, Teens and Families, The New York Public Library wrote the article.

NYC Haunts was a collaboration between Global Kids and The New York Public Library.

Read the entire article here:

The New York Public Library published an article in the Huffignton Post NYC Haunts: Bronx Teens Discover Their Neighborhood Through an Interactive Look at the Dead

Emoti-Con 2011: NYC Youth Digital Media and Technology Festival 

On Saturday June 4th, at Parsons The New School for Design, youth from New York City gathered to present digital media and technology projects at Emoti-Con, a festival organized by informal learning institutions such as Global Kids, MOUSE, Parsons, and the New York Public Library, as well as a Youth Committee from the New Youth City Learning Network.

Youth presented their projects to their peers and professional attendees. They also competed for four top finalist spots and a grand prize. A panel of secret judges selected the best projects in the festival. Among the finalists was Sol-Tech, a science project that used solar energy panels on baseball caps, backpacks and other items to power electronic devices such as ipods or telephones. There was also a geolocative game developed by Global Kids Leaders from M.S. 391, NYC Haunts, that used mobile technology to create a scavenger hunt to learn about the Bronx as well as larger social issues such as pollution and racial segregation. NYC Haunts won for "most innovative" project.

NYC Haunts Video now LIVE  

It can be hard to explain what a geolocative iPod game is, so we at Global Kids are just THRILLED that our partners at the New York Public Library put this awesome video together documenting the launch of NYC Haunts, the community-based game created by GK youth leaders to be used by their peers at their local Bronx library.

Here is how the NYPL describes it:

OLP covered on Columbia University's "School Stories" Blog 

An article by Daniel Johnson of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism on private funding of digital learning pilot programs, highlights Global Kids upcoming Let's Talk Sustainability summer program and our recent collaboration with the NY Public Library NYC Haunts. Read the full article on the Graduate School of Journalism's "School Stories" Blog or below

Digital Learning Pilot Programs Attract Private Funding

Posted by Daniel Johnson on 10. May, 2011

Daria Ng is busy hammering out the curriculum for Let’s Talk Sustainability, a pilot program that will teach 15 students about ways to maintain the environment in just a few months. Yet, while the word “sustainability” may bring to mind images of flowers shinning in morning dew and sparkling freshwater lakes, students in this program will see sustainability in a different way – through flat screen monitors.

Video of GK youth leaders visiting the Poe House 

Here's a short video I put together of the GK youth leaders in front of Poe Cottage last week. The video was both shot and edited using on one of the iPad 2s the youth leaders are using to research and construct their game.

You can read more about our trip here.