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Thoughts From An Intern 

After being held captive in my home by hurricane Sandy, I had time to reflect on the first part of my internship here at Global Kids. It's already been a week (or two the time just goes by) and I've already done so much. I've created a presentaion on geocaching, set up a linux based network monitor and helped set up the office laptops. I've also done some clerical work as is expected as part of an interns tasks. Overall this has been one of the best internships I've had. It's a laid back office, they all seem pretty nice and they're not all old people so there is this level of "coolness" that comes from the staff. I definitly enjoy working with Usman and his one man IT operation, the creativity he puts into making the office network infrastructure work on a modest budget is amazing. Working with OLP is great because I have an opportunity to work with people my age and assist them in any projects they may be doing. I also get to meet other proffesionals in the field of game based learning and education which has broadened my network.

 

GK at the Global Education Conference 

Global Kids will be presenting at the 2012 Global Education Conference, which takes place online from November 12-17. One of the best things about this conference is that it’s entirely virtual and free, which makes it incredibly accessible and allows for a globally connected experience.

 

"The conference seeks to present ideas, examples, and projects that help connect educators and classrooms, with a strong emphasis on promoting global awareness, fostering global competency, and inspiring action towards solving real–world problems. It is our hope that attendees will challenge themselves and others to become more active citizens of the world. Let us learn, question, create, and engage in meaningful, authentic opportunities within a global context!” -From GEC Website

 

This year, GEC, recognizing that games-based learning is a hot educational topic, has partnered with BrainPOP, a creator of animated educational videos, to develop a new gaming strand for the conference to highlight games within a global education context.

 

Global Kids’ session will take place on Thursday, November 12, 3pm-4pm EST on the following topic:

 

Developing Global Citizenship Skills Through Game Design

GK Presents on Networked Badging Systems 

On October 24, Daria and Joliz presented a HASTAC Webinar for their badge community and Digital Media and Learning Competition on Badges for Lifelong Learning winners. Through funding from the MacArthur Foundation, Global Kids is developing networked badging systems for the Hive Learning Networks in NYC and Chicago, which you can follow here.

 

You can view the presentation here:

 

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Global Kids and Hive at Grantmakers for Learning 2012 Conference 

GK Leader Brianna setting up our board.

 

Global Kids presented their Hive projects at the 2012 Grantmakers for Learning Conference Reception. GK Leader Brianna discussed her experience in the summer program Race to the White House which through the Hive Learning Network was in partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library.

 

Brianna rocking her Hive t-shirt at the Global Kids table.

 

Brianna explained what geocaching was and their process of coming up with difference electorial issues to highlight within the game. She also encouraged the Grantmakers to experience a mini-scavenger hunt during the reception and gave sticker prizes to those who completed the task. 

 

Myself and Brianna setting up the table.

(Photo credit: @_technovation_)

 

MS 391 - Bullying, Gaming and Coding 

Global Kids Leaders at MS 391 have been working hard learning elements of games, basics of coding HTML and discussing social issues. 

 

In our Game Design program students play tested SimSweatshop, a game that puts players in the shoes of factory workers attempting to make sneakers. As time accumulated they saw how their energy levels would quickly deplete, the small amount of money they accumulated, and how their overall quality of life was affected. During our debrief students shared facts about child labor and related it back to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. They also discussed the mechanics of the game and whether it got the message across to the players. We continued our talk of games using Gamestar Mechanic's basic element cards. Youth played a matching game to learn game design vocabulary. 

 

Coby, Julio and Anthony matching photos to terms.