Playing 4 Keeps

[blog] Haitian Myspace page promotes Ayiti 

The MySpace blog by Haiti Nation makes mention of our program Playing for Keeps and our game Ayiti: The Cost of Life.

Read the post here.

[p4k] Combining the McKinley and P4k Students 

Yesterday the students in Brooklyn in the Playing 4 Keeps program met with the students in Washington, D.C. at McKinley High School. Using TSL and Skype, The P4K students shared their plans for the upcoming game with the McKinley students and together they brainstormed about how to take it into Second Life.


[p4k] Trip to the U.S. Holocaust Museum 

On this trip I learned about the past, like when Russians were treated badly and when people thought they was going to another country but they was being sent to die. I also learned that people's hair was shaved off to make carpets blankets. I learned that college students were burning books written by people from the past. Soliders put black bags on people head so they could get ready to die. I also learned about the "enemy of the state". I learned about kinds of ghettos. I learned a little bit about African Americans in WWII and learned what the Holocaust means (which is massive destruction). I also got to meet with D.C. kids and learn how they are involved in the museum. Some of the students give us a tour of the museum and told us what their thoughts were about it.

In conclusion, I learned that there is a lot of discrimination in the world.

[p4k] Trip to D.C. 

My visit to Washington, D.C.was exciting. Also when we got to the Holocaust museum we got to see what happened in the past. When we got there we met new people who liive in D.C. and we made new friends.

[p4k] Beginning work on the game 

Last week we discussed the school to prison pipeline. The school to prison pipeline is about kids who when they get in trouble they get closer to prison and further away from school. Last week we talked about illegal experiments on prisoners. We played a game about this. When we rolled a dice we move up spaces on the board and get a Consent card, which will ask for you to take part in a experiment. If you it will affect your health and if you disagree you will be forced or you can go on.

[p4k] Washington, D.C. 

The trip to Washington, D.C. was a lot of fun, meeting all the Washington kids.
When we went to the Holocaust Museum I felt bad when I saw how many Jews died.
One of cool thing about the trip to D.C. was the hotel - nice big rooms (but not that much to watch on tv but its all good).

[p4k] Getting closer to a topic 

This week we did work refining our topic for our game. Earlier we had unanimous agreement to do a game about racism. But what about racism?

We spent the last few weeks prototyping games, just to learn how to prototype. The students made a game about a slave trying to escape to freedom in the north. Another group of students made a scavenger hunt about civil rights leaders.

This week we discussed the differences between institutional racism and racial prejudice, and then looked at institutional racism in a variety of settings. After we voted on what institution to focus on we found we had an even split between the health care industry and education.

To learn about the former, we listen to recent NPR radio interview with Harriet A. Washington, who published Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation On Black Americans From Colonial Times To The Present. We heard about horrific events from the times of slavery through to prisons today.

To learn about the later, we learned about something referred to as the school-to-prison pipeline, in which many youth of color are set up not to graduate but to enter the juvenile justice system.

[p4k] GK-authored article published in Threshold Magazine 

Global Kids had the honor of being invited to contribute an article about our work with our Playing 4 Keeps program to Threshold Magazine. The Spring 2007 issue of Threshold: Exploring the Future of Education features articles focused on taking educational innovation to scale, produced in partnership with the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF).

Click here to read the article, and here to read the whole issue.

[dmya/p4k/sl/nc/vvp] The First OLP Symposium 

On April 5th, 2007, thirty Global Kids leaders from five different Online Leadership Programs met each other for the first time at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens for the OLP Symposium. The teens toured the museum, presented the work from their programs, and participated in a panel for a Q&A.

The Playing 4 Keeps program began the day meeting with students and faculty at Parson's school of Design and Technology.

All of the students then met for lunch and then went to the museum. While the machinima students went to work on their final videos, the other programs - Newz Crew, Playing 4 Keeps, the Digital Media Youth Advisory, and GK in Second Life - went on tours of the Museum of the Moving Image, which hosted us for the day.

The students then gathered in the museums to show off the work from their projects.

Newz Crew
Anthony & Naama

Playing 4 Keeps
Syndie and Vladimyr

I had the pleasure of attending the 18th annual NYLC Service-Learning Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and brought along one of our finest GK youth, Nafiza, who is a student in our after-school Virtual Video Project program, to speak about our work in the virtual world of Second Life. I was also there to stream the conference into Second Life for the first time, and allowed teens in real-life to see teens in Second Life live during the opening plenary session. Everyone was curious about the teens they saw on the screens up on stage and were thrilled to know that those that were unable to attend the conference in New Mexico, were watching and listening in live from anywhere in the world.

For two days, we streamed the opening plenary session in the morning and a total of four workshops in the afternoon. We worked closely with the AV-Tech team, and the company that provided the Internet on-site. As a first timer to New Mexico, I was overwhelmed by the genuine smiles, hospitality and generosity by the folks there. We enjoyed cultural dances, Native Indian songs, Mexican food, and met with people from all walks of life. I talked to teens that were inspirational, and true leaders in the world of service-learning and volunteerism.