Professional Development

The Amazing Interface at the Eldridge Street Synagogue

Since 2001 I have worked at Global Kids thinking about supporting youth to leverage the informal learning they acquire through digital game play. Throughout the years I have had the honor of working with many of the key academics and researchers advocating for games-based learning. One of the key skills I have developed, and which we now try to support other educators to develop, is the ability to know games-based literacies when they see them because, if we can’t see it, we can’t support their development.

 

These past six months, my son, Akiva, who turns four next week, has introduced digital gaming into his life. He does not play digital media at school, nor with his friends. At home, I am the primary person who introduces and plays digital games with him. As a result, I have had the unique opportunity to watch him clearly develop his own games-based literacies.

 

Videos from Roundtable on Virtual Worlds & Nonprofits 


On April 12, we had a fantastic Winter 2010 Roundtable on Virtual Worlds and Nonprofits on MacArthur Island in Second Life. Representatives of five nonprofit organizations gave brief presentations on their initial explorations of Second Life and other virtual worlds, and how they are thinking of integrating these virtual tools into their organizations' respective missions.

We've made available videos of the presentations, which you can see at these links

  • Health Consumers Alliance of South Australia
  • United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland, Inc
  • Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health
  • V.O.I.C.E. Community Development Corp

    Each of these organizations completed the Global Kids' Virtual World Capacity Building Program, a four-week intensive exposure to virtual worlds for public good institutions.

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    Just a reminder that Global Kids will be holding our next professional development training this Thursday, April 15th on the topic of "Understanding Youth in the Digital Age."

    How do you respond when your student friends you on Facebook? How can you formalize the learning that youth experience through digital media without losing the juice? How do you support a young person to act ethically online when those social spaces are so foreign? In this training, Global Kids will introduce you to cutting edge approaches to thinking about the digital generation in terms of how they learn, the ethical issues they face, and what it all means for your ability to reach youth.

    All Global Kids trainings are offered at $75 per person with a discounted rate of $50 each for two sessions or more. Trainings take place from 9:00 am to 3.00 pm on the day indicated, at Global Kids' Center for Global Leadership, located at 137 East 25th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10010.

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    You are cordially invited to Global Kids' Winter 2010 Roundtable on Virtual Worlds and Nonprofits on Monday April 12, from 12-1pm PST on MacArthur Island in Second Life (teleport link). Representatives of six nonprofit organizations will give brief presentations on their initial explorations of Second Life and other virtual worlds, and how they are thinking of integrating these virtual tools into their organizations' respective missions. Afterwards, there will be an open discussion about the applications of virtual worlds for various public good purposes.

    Representatives of the following organizations will be presenting:

    • Child Welfare League of America
    • Health Consumers Alliance of South Australia
    • United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland, Inc
    • Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health
    • Hip-Hop Education Center
    • V.O.I.C.E. Community Development Corp

    Each of these organizations has just completed the Global Kids' Virtual World Capacity Building Program, a four-week intensive exposure to virtual worlds for public good institutions. The event will be moderated by Global Kids and take place at the MacArthur Island Amphitheater (click here to teleport.)

     

    Global Kids invites you to our next professional development training on Thursday, April 15th on the topic of "Understanding Youth in the Digital Age."

    How do you respond when your student friends you on Facebook? How can you formalize the learning that youth experience through digital media without losing the juice? How do you support a young person to act ethically online when those social spaces are so foreign? In this training, Global Kids will introduce you to cutting edge approaches to thinking about the digital generation in terms of how they learn, the ethical issues they face, and what it all means for your ability to reach youth.

    All Global Kids trainings are offered at $75 per person with a discounted rate of $50 each for two sessions or more. Trainings take place from 9:00 am to 3.00 pm on the day indicated, at Global Kids' Center for Global Leadership, located at 137 East 25th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10010.

    For more information or to register, please call 212-226-0130 or e-mail pdtrainings@globalkids.org.


    From March 24-27, Global Kids teen leader Mayank and I got to travel to San Jose, California to participate in the National Service Learning Conference along with 2,000 other young people and educators from around the country.

    Sponsored by the National Youth Leadership Council, the NSLC is a very impressively run annual gathering focused on supporting service learning in communities all over the United States. It was a great opportunity for us to talk about Global Kids to an interested audience of folks, and to learn from other groups doing similar work.

    Mayank and my trip to San Jose did not start on the best foot. Our intended route was to fly to Denver from New York, and then change to another plane to fly to San Jose. Well unfortunately on the day of our departure, Denver got totally snowed in, so we got diverted to Minneapolis. We faced impossibly long lines, confusing information and rumors, and tired and cranky staff, in our attempt to get on some kind of flight that would eventually end in San Jose.

    GK Teen Leader Mayank on the 2010 National Youth Leadership Conference 

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    This is a report by Mayank, Global Kids teen leader, who participated in the National Youth Leadership Conference from March 24-27, 2010 in San Jose, California. Rik Panganiban, Assistant Director of OLP, co-faciliated the workshops with Mayank. The Conference, with participants from all over the United States, numbering up to approximately 2,500 attendees, is the largest gathering of youth and practitioners involved in service-learning.

    There was no end to my excitement. We left New York with a lot of energy. But all the energy went down when we heard that our flight is being diverted to Minneapolis because of the bad weather in Denver.

    Rethinking Religious Learning in the 21st Century 

    I was in a fascinating meeting on Monday that forced me to think about a long-standing and substantive institutional learning environment, but one that doesn't easily fit within my existing framework.

    During my first five years at Global Kids I became familiar with the after school learning environments, both within the school building and at community centers like Global Kids main office. In the years that followed I learned as well about what can be called informal learning environments - libraries, museums, etc. - as we as informal learning - e.g. youth playing console-based games or surfing the Web.

    What we met Monday to discuss could only fit into "none of the above."

    When I was a kid, growing up a Reform Jew on Long Island, we called it Sunday School - the few hours spent every Sunday at Temple in the extra building constructed to replicate a traditional school environment - classrooms with blackboard with a teacher's desk facing rows of seats. As I got older, it was called Hebrew School, as Tuesday afternoons were added to the mix.

    Educator Training on Youth Media Creation Next Wednesday 

    Amira Fouad and Rik Panganiban of Global Kids Online Leadership Program will be facilitating a professional development workshop on "Transforming Youth From Social Media Consumers to Creators" on Wednesday, March 17. Here's the full description:

    Global Kids has been a leader integrating social media tools within educational programs to develop 21st Century skills since 2000. With the emergence of online media from Youtube to Wikipedia, the new digital generation is presented with opportunities to broadcast their voice in unprecedented ways. In this training, educators will be engaged in hands on activities using social media tools that have educational applications, such as blogs, digital comics, maps and more, and hear about successful case studies from a variety of educational settings.

    All Global Kids trainings are offered at $75 per person with a discounted rate of $50 each for two sessions or more. Trainings take place from 9:00 am to 3.00 pm on the day indicated, at Global Kids' Center for Global Leadership, located at 137 East 25th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10010.

    For more information or to register, please call 212-226-0130 or e-mail pdtrainings@globalkids.org.

    Question for Games-Based Learning Training 

    Pick two games and play them each for a combined total of 15 minutes.

    Afterwards reply to this post answering the following questions:
    Which is a better game? Why or why not?
    Which is more effective teaching and raising awareness about its issue? Why or why not?

    Please be sure to describe the two games first before comparing them.

    Below are the responses written by today's educators:

    The McDonald's Game vs. Airport Security
    Tonia Lovejoy

    I chose each of these games based on their names and my attitude towards the topics that the names suggested that the games were about.

    I like the Airport Security game because it had humor and was also challenging. It was easy to understand how to play as I went and I was able to get the hang of it pretty quickly. Interestingly, I felt challenged as an "Airport Security" guard and as I laughed about the ridiculousness of removing all of the passengers clothes, and fish tank, for example, I decided that this is not a job I would like to do in real life. I cannot say that I formed sympathy for increased airport security, or that I thought about the effect of removing the objects in relation to National Security, but I did see the challenge in screening people for numerous objects.