Social Media

This is a statement from the founder and executive director of Global Kids, Ms. Carole Artigiani:

On behalf of Global Kids, a twenty-year-old youth development organization based in New York City, I applaud Julius Genachowski, Chair of the Federal Communications Commission, for his recent address on “Digital Opportunity: A Broadband Plan for Children and Families.” While there are reasons to be concerned, we agree with the Chairman that digital technology and online spaces present tremendous opportunities to educate young people, connect them with the wider world, and develop the knowledge, values, and skills necessary to be engaged citizens. We see internet access as a first step in educating and supporting the next generation as they prepare for life and work in the 21st century.

We agree that the FCC's priorities of digital access, digital literacy, digital citizenship and digital safety are a good framework for approaching a national broadband strategy that benefits young people. Global Kids, through our Online Leadership Program, is doing its part through innovative and cutting-edge programming in all of these areas:

I'm speaking about Global Kids on Metanomics Talk Show this Wednesday! 

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This Wednesday, March 24, at 12pm PST, I will be speaking on the very excellent virtual talk show Metanomics about some of our recent projects at Global Kids.  I'll be talking with Robert Bloomfield, or Beyers Sellers in Second Life, about our new "Edge Projects" that are helping other civic organizations experiment with digital media and virtual worlds in ways that challenge their practices and open up new possibilities for engagement and education.

To watch us live, head to the Metanomics site for details on viewing the show from the web or from within Second Life. The talk show archive video will also be available for viewing shortly afterwards on the site.

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

[video] The Global Kids Guidelines Explained by Two Animated Dogs 

As anyone who has participated in a Global Kids' program knows, we have three fundamental guidelines that are the bedrock of all our workshops that we run:

  1. One Mic
  2. Safe Space
  3. and Participate

I created this short animated video of two dogs talking about the guidelines.  Just because.

Made using the awesome Xtranormal animation program.

[staff] Using Alternative Assessment Models to Empower Youth-directed Learning 

Tashawna is a high school senior in Brooklyn, NY. In the morning she leaves home for school listening to her MP3s, texting her friends about meeting up after school at Global Kids, where she participates in a theater program, or FIERCE, the community center for LGBT youth. On the weekend she'll go to church and, on any given day, visit MySpace and Facebook as often as she can. While she misses television and movies, she says she just can't find the time.

This describes what we can call Tashawna's distributed learning network, the most important places in her life where learning occurs. Not just at home, school and church but also through digital media, like MP3s, SMS and social networks, and at youth-serving institutions, like Global Kids and FIERCE. Some are places that require her presence, like school, while others are opt-in, like MySpace. But the learning she gathers across the nodes in her network are preparing her to succeed in the classrooms, workplaces, and civic arenas of the 21st Century.

If you will be in the Philadelphia area on November 18th, make sure to register for the following event. Global Kids will also be simulcasting this event online and into Second Life for those not able to attend in person, to be able to participate. Stay tuned for more information on this. Event details and registration link below.

[mm] The Media Masters Digital Literacy Transcript 

We realized that while we'd posted student Digital Portfolios from Media Masters, we'd yet to share the associated Digital Literacy Transcripts that we used to track student progress during the program. Check out the full transcript below, click here for a blank transcript, and here for a sample transcript from a student that completed the program.

Full Digital Transcript from Media Masters

Global Kids Professional Development Trainings Starting Soon 

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Starting on September 22, Global Kids will begin offering at our Center for Global Leadership a series of professional development trainings for individuals interested in learning from our innovative approaches to global issue education, youth development, and civic engagement. The training schedule is as follows:

  • Service Learning Strategies - Tuesday, September 22, 2009 or Saturday, October 24, 2009
  • Linking Curriculum and Service - Friday, September 25, 2009 or Saturday, November 7, 2009
  • Creating a Safe Space I - Conflict Resolution - Friday, October 2, 2009
  • Developing Global Citizens - Wednesday, October 7, 2009
  • Tech Tools for Teachers and Trainers - Saturday, October 17, 2009 or Friday, October 23, 2009
  • Incorporating Digital Media into Your Curriculum - Saturday, November 14, 2009 or Tuesday, January 12, 2010
  • Interactive Teaching Strategies - Wednesday, November 18, 2009
  • Games Based Education - Friday, December 4, 2009
  • Creating a Safe Space II - Cultural Diversity - Thursday, December 10, 2009

  • I'm pleased to announce the opening of registration for Focus on Digital Media! Focus is a set of online dialogues which we ran first in 2007 to bring youth voices to the societal changes that digital media is bringing. One of the biggest pieces of feedback we got from the teens involved was that they were navigating the online world almost entirely without adults. We figured that the two groups probably need to be talking a bit more. So, our second, cross-generational version of Focus will have parents, teens and teachers exploring the promise and perils of life online for three weeks, from April 13th to May 4th.

    We're partnering with Common Sense Media and the GoodPlay Project at Harvard's Project Zero to bring you an experience where you'll be able to explore core issues about the online world, like privacy, identity and credibility, and also bring up the any other issues that are real for you in your digital life.