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Digital Media Tools and Strategies for Educators  

New Global Kids Professional Development Training on Election Day!


Digital Media Tools and Strategies for Educators


For over 10 years, Global Kids' Online Leadership Program has been training educators to incorporate participatory media or "Web 2.0" tools into their classrooms. Through this interactive hands-on workshop, educators will examine ways to harness students' interests in digital media production in order to develop analytic skills and increase classroom engagement. The training will introduce available digital media tools alongside strategies for supporting students as they learn to use digital media to express themselves. Educators will also learn from Global Kids' games-based learning curriculum and will receive resources on how to integrate educational games into their lesson plans.


Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 (Election Day)

Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Global Kids' Center for Global Leadership

137 East 25th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10010

Cost: $75 per person. Includes breakfast.

Register: Click here to register online.



Middle Schoolers Learning Gaming and Web Design 

In our third year at the Angelo Patri Middle School MS 391 in the Bronx, we have introduced two new programs into the curriculum.


On Mondays we began the Global Kids Playing 4 Keeps program in which students are learning the fundementals of game design and will eventually develop a serious game on a global issue. Our first session had students exploring what makes iconic characters by drawing and presenting some of their own favorites. 


GK Leaders Chris and Lexington drawing a character from World of Warcraft.


GK Leaders Collins, Jose and Coby present their drawing from Avatar. 


GK Leaders Jose and JD present their characters from Super Mario. 


Playing for Keeps at Long Island City High School 

Global Kids leaders kicked off the Playing for Keeps program at Long Island City High School last week. They started the program by learning about characters in a game and playing for the first time Gamestar Mechanic.


During this first workshop the participants were introduced to the overall goals of the program: to create games about social issues important to them or their community. They began the program by thinking about the role of characters in a game, and started with an activity where they had to draw their favorite character. Then they played a game in which the rest of the group had to guess the character they drew as the drawing was revealed slowly by the presenting group. This led to a discussion about how characters are used in a game, what makes a good character, and the different types of characters such as protagonist and antagonist. 


They were a very enthusiastic group who share some of their ideas about creating they own games. Eighteen eager high school students that will use games to express their creative ideas and inform others about a social issue. 


Here are some pictures from the first day



P4K at LIC

Playing 4 Keeps and National STEM Video Game Challenge 

Global Kids is incredibly excited to launch this year's Playing 4 Keeps (P4K) game design program in partnership with the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and E-Line Media and with support from the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund in the New York Community Trust!


This year, GK youth who join P4K have the unique opportunity to both learn game design skills and train other youth around the city who are part of the Hive Learning Network NYC.  GK youth will support Hive youth to develop game design skills and participate in the National STEM Video Game Challenge.  At the same time, Global Kids and E-Line staff will support and train adult staff at Hive organizations to implement game design programs. 


Even more exciting is that this year we have five returning youth from last year's P4K program who will serve as peer mentors!  Tremayne, Jason, Kendell, Ednica, and Jared will help us co-facilitate sessions, support other youth, and of course be part of the student workshops we will be offering to Hive youth.  



P4K meets every Wednesday at GK.  Check the P4K page for blog updates!


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!