In the Media

A new report out this week from the National Summer Learning Association features the work and reflections of Global Kids' two teaching fellows, Andrew Adler and Scott Neagle, who came on board as part of a partnership with NSLA this past summer. The NYC Dept. of Ed teachers became part of our team, co-facilitating and co-planning NYC Haunts and Playing for Keeps workshops in order to learn GK OLP's best practices for guiding youth through connected learning experiences -- practices they will take back to their school communities.


Scott Neagle, a summer NSLA fellow and a teacher at Bard High School Early College Queens, works with Playing for Keeps middle schoolers to design their game, Pollution's No Illusion.


NSLA fellow Andrew Adler supports students as they complete research for their geo-locative game about the Civil War Draft Riots.


In the report, Adler and Neagle share their take-aways about working with youth in non-classroom environments, the new digital tools they explored, and the importance of educators taking on the role of "life-long learners." Also showcased is a video conversation with Ben, a student who took part in Playing for Keeps, who when asked what he learned about himself during the game design program, said, "that I'm good at it."


Thanks to the MacArthur Foundation for their support of this worthwhile partnership with NSLA!

GK Highlighted at the National Summer Learning Association Conference 

Global Kids' digital summer program is highlighted in Pittsburgh's Kidsburgh, an online news source related to children and educational issues. In their article, "Big ideas for fixing the 'summer slide' hit Pittsburgh's national conference", high quality summer programs that were part of the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) Conference in October are mentioned.


Global Kids, a recipient of the National Summer Learning Award, received funds from the NSLA to partner with teacher fellows for their Summer Pathways for Innovation project. Two different teachers collaborated with GK's Online Leadership Program staff to develop programs using new media tools such as virtual worlds to explore environmental justice and geocaching to learn about electoral politics. The teachers were able to help connect the curricula to Common Core Standards and you can see how they did that here.


Russell from Scotland in the background of our group photo


NYC Haunts Featured on Infinite Thinking Machine 

In their season premier, online show Infinite Thinking Machine focused on games based learning and highlighted NYC Haunts, Global Kids' collaborative project with the NYPL. The full episode is below and discusses other great tools frequently used by Global Kids such as Minecraft and Gamestar Mechanic. Special thanks to HP for Education who first made us aware of the feature!




Mahnoor Misbah Named First Community Fellow of the Year 

We wanted to send a heartfelt congratulations to Mahnoor Misbah, our intern this past summer for earning Adelphi University's first Community Fellow of the Year award due to her work here at Global Kids. We are incredibly proud of her and wish her continued success. Check out the article below!


Mahnoor Misbah (pictured at left) with students during our Race to the White House Program


Out-of-School Settings Create Climate for New Skills 


Education Week featured a story which highlighted our Race to the White House and NYC Haunts programs. Read the full story below. 



Osarieman Igbinevbo, 17, right, and her teammate, Miguel Zeng, 18, discover a geocache inside a disused Fire Department call box in New York City. The Global Kids program uses the treasure hunt and technology to teach students about public-policy issues.
—Emile Wamsteker for Education Week



Educators see them as learning labs


Mapping Youth Participatory Politics 

Global Kids participated in a Connected Learning google hangout focusing on "What is the relationship between online participatory practices and political participation?" Check it out below.


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Digital Badges as “Transformative Assessment” 

In this recent blog post by Dan Hickey, "Digital Badges as 'Transformative Assessment,'" recent public work by Global Kids on digital badging systems was cited as one of the success factors for the ongoing Digital Media & Learning Badges Initiative. The full lists is as follows:

Emoti-Con! 2012 Winners 


Last Saturday, 100 tweens, teens and educators from across NYC gathered at Parsons The New School for Design for the 4th Annual Emoti-Con! digital media and technology festival. Throughout the day, youth showcased their digital creations, networked with their peers and industry professionals, competed for prizes, and engaged in a dialogue about the role of digital media and technology in their lives now and looking ahead to the future.

5/16/12, New York—Using smart phones to map skateboarding hotspots in New York City, learning to view media critically by remixing commercials that reinforce stereotypes about older adults, projecting multimedia projects on building facades. Welcome to learning 3.0. 



Grants from Hive Digital Media Learning Fund in The New York Community Trust support NYC nonprofits working with teens to develop ways of tapping into their digital lives to encourage creativity, interests, and learning. All grantees are members of Hive Learning Network NYC and work together on projects, sharing what works—and what doesn’t—in the ever-evolving worlds of digital media and education.


For more information about the projects listed below, or to arrange a visit to see the work in action, contact Ani Hurwitz at (212) 686-0010 x224 or at


“These projects are driven by the topics, platforms, and technologies that interest youth most,” says Chris Lawrence, director of Mozilla’s Hive Learning Network NYC. “This third round of funding supports both expanded versions of existing projects as well as new initiatives that share resources, expertise, and best practices as we continue to build an innovative, collaborative network of informal learning organizations across the five boroughs.”  


Henry Jenkins reflects on Second Life 

In a recent blog post, Henry Jenkins shared a video from a dance party event he participated in with Global Kids Leaders in Second Life back in 2006. “This is how my avatar looked when I was at MIT, partying up with the young folks at Global Kids, and looking pretty lean and spry. I joked at the time that Second Life takes 20 pounds and several decades off you.”