Emoti-Con! 2012 

Without hesitation everyone involved agreed that this year's Emoti-Con! was the BEST EVER! We saw over 150 youth bring their energy and a-game as they set up the projects they worked so hard on over the course of the year. The diversity of mediums ranged from film, scratch, projects using arduino boards, geolocative gaming, robotics and so much more. Youth heard from four amazing keynote speakers including: Mike Edwards, software engineer at The Huffington Post; Ayah Bdeir, founder of; Jeffrey Yohalem, lead writer of Assasin's Creed: Brotherhood; and Naveen Selvadurai, co-founder of foursquare. 


Global Kids represented with three projects including the Playing for Peace Challenge, NYC Haunts, and the debut of Cut It Out a documentary made by GK Leaders at Long Island City H.S. on truancy. 


Taking home crowd favorite was a team from MOUSE who developed Dining Bands. These bands worn on the wrist were to aid the visually impaired while dining. They would vibrate near food to let its user know where it was and had a sensor for temperature to warn the user when their food was too hot. 


Overall, the day was a great success and we will have many more videos and photos to share. For now feel free to check out the gallery thus far and watch a brief reflection from two NYC Haunts youth who attended the festival. GK Leader Paoly said it best as she summed up her thoughts:


The 2012 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards 


Global Kids Leader Brianna and I attended the 2012 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards on Friday, June 1st at Carnegie Hall. We are grateful to the AMD Foundation for inviting us to experience the wonder event. Brianna (pictured above) shared some thoughts on the evening.


Barry Joseph Speaks at TechSoup's NonProfit Live on GK's Gaming Programs 

I had a great time today presenting on TechSoup's lively NonProfit Live. I spoke about GK's Gaming Programs, specifically Playing For Keeps and NYC Haunts, as well as the upcoming Minecraft Jam and Race to the White House.



It was an amazing panel - Michelle Byrd, Ben Stokes, Josephine Dorado - with a great facilitator, Evonne, and a great audience as well.

GK's OLP Youth Leaders at the GK Annual Youth Conference 

Youth from two GK OLP programs -  NYC Haunts and Playing 4 Keeps - attended and presented at the 2012 Annual Youth Conference. Below are some photos show their awesome work and good times that were had.





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Global Kids presenting at the Digital Media and Learning Conference 

GK panel at DML 2012 Last week, Global Kids and Global Kids' work was presented at the third annual Digital Media and Learning Conference, in San Francisco.

Global Kids organized one panel, which featured three of our staff member, two of our partners (New York Public Library and NYU's Games For Learning Institute), and three of our programs. We co-ran a table for HASTAC at the Mozilla Science Fair, where we spoke about three of our programs. And Myrna Rubel, a middle school principal, spoke on a second panel about our collaboration through a badging system.

Video from Beyond Game Play: Developing Youth Identity as Civic Minded Game Designers:

Global Kids Presenting Today at Digital Media and Learning Conference 

Global Kids is thrilled to return today to the third annual Digital Media and Learning Conference, this year in San Francisco.

We will be presenting twice today. The first is a panel at 2:30 featuring our partners and our collaborators on Playing For Keeps, NYC Haunts, and Create 2 Learn:

Emoti-Con! Youth Action Team Launches 

IMG_0345.JPGLast Friday we kicked off our first meeting for this year’s Emoti-Con! planning committee, called the Youth Action Team or A-Team.

Emoti-Con! is an annual youth digital media and technology challenge, now in its third year. On June 2, 2012, over 150 New York City youth from programs throughout the five boroughs will gather to showcase digital media and technology projects designed for the betterment of the world, be inspired by their peers, and meet professionals in the field. Youth will compete for awards in multiple categories, including most innovative and best potential for social impact.

The A-Team is comprised of a group of high school students who will be helping to plan Emoti-Con! Some of their tasks leading up to the event will include: setting the agenda, choosing guest speakers, promotion and outreach, and designing a youth-led workshop.

Global Kids at MobilityShifts 2011 

6239880244_8817da5dea_b.jpegBelow you will find a recap provided by the Hive Learning Network that discusses a recent presentation by Global Kids at MobilityShifts 2011.

MobilityShifts: An International Future of Learning Summit was a week-long summit that took place from October 10-16, 2011 and featured a conference, workshops, a science fair, performances, and exhibitions focused on the changing landscape of learning using digital media. A continuation of The New School’s biennial Politics of Digital Culture conference series, MobilityShifts added an international layer to the current debate about learning with digital media, with a particular emphasis on learning outside the bounds of schools and universities.

Global Kids is proud to have been asked by Hive NYC to coordinate its presence at this year's Maker Faire within the Young Makers Tent. Youth from over a dozen NYC informal learning institutions have come together with educators from their organizations to create a fantastic collection of youth-friendly and family-oriented activities, all weekend long.

Games in Education Symposium 

On August 22, 2011 Global Kids took part in the Games in Education Symposium. Games in Education is a conference focusing on the use of games "to inspire classroom education." The symposium was sponsored and organized by 1st Playable Productions "an independent game development studio with a focus on handheld games for kids."

I presented on "Games for Youth Civic Engagement" focusing on two projects that I have been directly involved in the past few months here at Global Kids. The first one, NYC Haunts, was a pilot program in collaboration with the The New York Public Library where middle school students from the MS 391 in The Bronx participated in the design of a location-based game using the platform SCVNGR to inform players of the game on local history and larger global issues.

The second project discussed was "Let's Talk Sustainability", a five weeks intensive program for high school students held at Global Kids offices that used the virtual world Second Life to engage youth leaders with program content such as alternative energy sources and key terms, while also training them in the use of virtual world broadcasting.