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[SL] Invitation to Virtual World Event on Philanthropy 

An invitation to a virtual world event spotlighting philanthropy was announced by the MacArthur foundation Tuesday. Following is a post by the President of the Foundation, Mr. Jonathon Fanton.

Save the date (22 June, 9am PST) for an historic conversation on the role of philanthropy in virtual worlds featuring MacArthur Foundation President Jonathan Fanton and Second Life CEO Philip Rosedale.

I write to invite you to join me in the virtual world of Second Life on Friday, June 22, 2007 at 9am PST (noon EST). With my avatar and a live audio feed, I will be joined by Second Life CEO Philip Rosedale and residents for a discussion on the role of philanthropy in virtual worlds.

[sl] James Paul Gee arrives on Global Kids Island 

Global Kids was thrilled to invite Professor Gee to Global Kids Island today. Professor Gee spoke on a live audio stream while trying on different avatars created by teens. At the same time, we invited adults within SL or outside SL to listen in on the audio stream and participate in the live chat via Sloodle (a first for the teen grid - it worked great!).


Group shot with Jim, as Wolf

For those of us in the field of games and learning, you might have heard of Professor Gee from the University of Wisconsin or read one of his books.

Jim pretended to be a special alien visiting from a planet unknown. This friendly alien was looking for an appropriate avatar outfit to "fit into" as he explored Second Life for the first time. He was offered all sorts of avatars designed by the teens through an avatar design contest.

As part of work exploring the role that digital media plays in the lives of young people today, Global Kids has launched FOCUS: Teen Voices on Digital Media and Society, where teens from around the world are sounding off their perspectives on a range of issues related to digital media.



Below is a featured discussion from current dialogues happening on the site. Check it out!



This feature is taken from FOCUS: Teen Voices on Digital Media and Society:Tragedy in a Digital World - The Virginia Tech Shootings.













FaerieGirl

06:25pm Apr 17, 2007 EST

As part of work exploring the role that digital media plays in the lives of young people today, Global Kids has launched FOCUS: Teen Voices on Digital Media and Society, where teens from around the world are sounding off their perspectives on a range of issues related to digital media.



Below is a featured discussion from current dialogues happening on the site. Check it out!



This feature is taken from FOCUS: Teen Voices on Digital Media and Society:Credibility Flash - It’s on the Internet, It Must be True!!.











Cyric

02:04pm Apr 11, 2007 EST

[DMI] FOCUS Featured Discussion: Are you a major media snacker?! 

As part of work exploring the role that digital media plays in the lives of young people today, Global Kids has launched FOCUS: Teen Voices on Digital Media and Society, where teens from around the world are sounding off their perspectives on a range of issues related to digital media.



Below is a featured discussion from current dialogues happening on the site. Check it out!



This feature is taken from FOCUS: Teen Voices on Digital Media and Society:Are you a major media snacker?!.











lokijki

09:22pm Apr 3, 2007 EST

[DMI] FOCUS Featured Discussion: Life without 'internet'....! 

As part of work exploring the role that digital media plays in the lives of young people today, Global Kids has launched FOCUS: Teen Voices on Digital Media and Society, where teens from around the world are sounding off their perspectives on a range of issues related to digital media.



Below is a featured discussion from current dialogues happening on the site. Check it out!



This feature is taken from FOCUS: Teen Voices on Digital Media and Society:Life without 'internet'....!.











dark me

10:16am Apr 5, 2007 EST

[DMI] FOCUS Featured Discussion: Are you Mobile/cell phone crazy?! 

As part of work exploring the role that digital media plays in the lives of young people today, Global Kids has launched FOCUS: Teen Voices on Digital Media and Society, where teens from around the world are sounding off their perspectives on a range of issues related to digital media.



Below is a featured discussion from current dialogues happening on the site. Check it out!



This feature is taken from FOCUS: Teen Voices on Digital Media and Society:Are you Mobile/cell phone crazy?!.











RyanBartz

08:01pm Apr 2, 2007 EST

Honestly, I don't see what's so good about them.

[DMI] FOCUS Featured Discussion: E-Friends vs. Friends 

As part of work exploring the role that digital media plays in the lives of young people today, Global Kids has launched FOCUS: Teen Voices on Digital Media and Society, where teens from around the world are sounding off their perspectives on a range of issues related to digital media.



Below is a featured discussion from current dialogues happening on the site. Check it out!



This feature is taken from FOCUS: Teen Voices on Digital Media and Society:E-Friends vs. Friends.











rockerlizz

01:21pm Apr 2, 2007 EST

[dmi] Big Thanks to FOCUS Content Contributors 

As we near the last week of our online dialogues, FOCUS: Teen Voices on Digital Media and Society, we want to extend a big thank you to all of Global Kids' fellow MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Grantees that sent in topics and questions to be incorporated into the dialogues.

In specific, thank you Danah Boyd, David Williamson Shafer, Joseph Kahne and the entire team at the Good Work Project at Harvard.

Areas included how teens relate (or don't) to civic and political life online, their usage of online participatory mediums like wikis, their relationship to social networking sites and ethical choices that they makes in regards to situations they encounter online.

[dmi] Global Kids' FocusOnDigitalMedia.org site launches! 

Last week, Global Kids launched FOCUS: Teen Voices on Digital Media and Society, located at www.FocusOnDigitalMedia.org. FOCUS is a series on online dialogues, led by teens, around issues they face in their digital lives. As part of the larger MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Initiative, these discussions will serve to bring youth perspectives to many of the debates that academics, journalists, parents, policy makers and educators are already having about digital media.

Featured discussions from FOCUS will be posted here on the Digital Media Initiative blog, as well as being available to read in full at FocusOnDigitalMedia.org.