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Global Kids Create to Learn at Games for Change 2012 

C2L Playing board games


Global Kids youth leaders from Create to Learn will present their game at the 9th Games for Change Festival this coming Wednesday June 20th. Create to Learn is a program  in which middle school girls design a game for teaching math to their 6th grader peers. The youth leaders will be presenting as part of the Game for Learning Institute Expo at Greenberg Lounge (NYU Law School). During these past months the girls have been working on creating a game called Nine Lives,  a game of rescue of a princess (or prince) depending on the player's choice. The player must go through a forest and defeat the dragons by answering math games that are thrown as fire balls. 


We hope that if you are attending Games for Change this year, you will stop by and see the work the girls have created. If you do, you will be able to engage them and see for yourself how versed they have become in the vernacular of game design. They will speak to you about iteration (you might want to ask them about versions), about prototype, about testing, about characters, about coming up with ideas, and brainstorming.


Stop by, talk to them, and see how game design has become part of their vocabulary.


Global Kids Youth Leaders will be out at force at this year's Games For Change festival, co-founded by GK nine years ago.


On Tuesday, three GK Youth Leaders from Playing For Keeps will both co-moderate and present on the panel: "Youth Game Design Competitions for Social & Educational Impact."


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.

Global Kids Youth Badge Advisory Reflections 

It is embedded in the Global Kids mission to empower youth voice. When developing the badging system that will be used by the organization, it was without question that we needed a group of youth involved to aide in the process. For the past six weeks we have been meeting with committed Global Kids leaders who have been learning about digital badges and advising on how it would work with their peers. At our last meeting the youth took the time to reflect on what they learned and why they feel badges would be an asset to them and their fellow GK leaders. 


Check out their reflections below as well as special PSA's made by Jason and Giuseppe on digital badges.