National Writing Project Digital Is Conference 

Global Kids and the Field Museum presented at the National Writing Project Digital Is conference in Philadelphia a few years ago. Below is the video of the presentation, in which the I Dig Science project is explained in detail. Global Kids leader Amana speaks her experience participating in the program. The video documents the development of the project, what it meant for participants to be part of it, and how it was conceived both by Global Kids and The Field Museum. It is one of the best overall descriptions of the program.

Today I had the opportunity to speak at the #140edu conference at the 92nd Street Y. It's a great gathering where presenters have 15 minutes to address the intersection of digital media and learning.

I decided to talk about our Edge Projects, as we now come to a close after two years, and do so in dialogue... with an animated character produced in advance.


Here is the video:

Actually, that was a video we produced after the event to correct for some unfortunate audio malfunctions during the presentation. However, if you would like to see Barry actually speaking under and to his avatar, please watch this:

Below you can read some of the live comments sent from the audience via Twitter during the presentation:

Global Kids NYC Haunts Presenting at the TASC Digital Learning Forum 

Global Kids Leaders Katrina Brown and Yaa Dwomah joined by staff member Joliz Cedeño presented at Where the Kids Are: the TASC Digital Learning In & Out of School Time Forum yesterday at the Google Offices in New York City. The morning consisted of an incredible panel moderated by CNN's Soledad O'Brien featuring An-Me Chung, Associate Director of Education at the MacArthur Foundation; Maggie Johnson, Director of Education and University relations at Google; Katie Salen, Executive Director of Institute of Play; and Tom Vander Ark, CEO of OpenEd Solutions; and closing remarks made by Karen Cator, Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Department of Education. Discussions ranged from encouraging digital learning throughout the school day as opposed to discouraging media consumption, having blended learning programs in partnership with community based organizations, the importance of fostering more STEM majors, and the value of games as an educational tool.

Q & A with Jessy Jo at the 2011 Games For Change Festival 

At this year's Games For Change Festival Global Kids Youth Leader, Jessy Jo, was the only high school youth to address the conference. Her topic, "Trends in Gaming: Youth Designing Games," addressed her decision path to become, in her own words, "a game designer who changes the world."

Video above filmed by Anders Birch
Her bio is below:
Jessy Jo Gomez is a high school senior at the NYC Museum School. She actively participates in a youth organization called Global Kids, which revolves around human rights and social issues. Participation in a program called Playing 4 Keeps introduced her to Games for Change. She was the keynote speaker at the GK annual conference and emceed a past conference. Jessy Jo also was awarded a full scholarship to Parsons The New School for Design, and was admitted into the Design and Technology department where she will pursue her passion in video game design.

Thanks to all the wonderful twitterati who reposted some wonderful tweets re-quoting and about Jessy Jo:

Global Kids on NY1 at the 8th Annual Games For Change Festival 

At the recent Games For Change Festival, Global Kids' Barry Joseph was interviewed by NY1 about games-based learning. This is an excerpt from the longer broadcast, featuring just the part focusing on Global Kids.

Video Released by Cooney Center of Footage from GK Youth Leaders 

Michael Levine, from the Cooney Center, recently sent out the following message:

What do Peter Guber, Kari Byron, Karen Cator, Henry Jenkins, Judith Pickens, Susan Brenna, Lewis Bernstein, Lisa Guernsey, Drew Davidson, Mimi Ito, Linda Burch, Francie Alexander, and Erik Huey have in common? Check out their insights and advice for a new learning approach as cultivated by Global Teen leaders from the wonderful organization GlobalKids. Filmed at the Cooney Center's Learning from Hollywood Forum at USC several weeks back, please spread this nice piece of work by future journalists and world changers!

Check it out here:

Global Kids at Games For Change Pre-Festival Summit 

This past Monday, Global Kids was all over Games For Change's Inspiring Digital Kids With Game Design Workshop.

Barry facilitated the panel OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM: YOUTH DESIGNING GAMES, which featured four case studies of afterschool games-design programs (GirlStart, Boys and Girls Clubs, MOUSE... and Global Kids!). Juan Rubio, of Global Kids, spoke about our collaboration with the NYPL on NYC Haunts.

Emoti-Con 2011: NYC Youth Digital Media and Technology Festival 

On Saturday June 4th, at Parsons The New School for Design, youth from New York City gathered to present digital media and technology projects at Emoti-Con, a festival organized by informal learning institutions such as Global Kids, MOUSE, Parsons, and the New York Public Library, as well as a Youth Committee from the New Youth City Learning Network.

Youth presented their projects to their peers and professional attendees. They also competed for four top finalist spots and a grand prize. A panel of secret judges selected the best projects in the festival. Among the finalists was Sol-Tech, a science project that used solar energy panels on baseball caps, backpacks and other items to power electronic devices such as ipods or telephones. There was also a geolocative game developed by Global Kids Leaders from M.S. 391, NYC Haunts, that used mobile technology to create a scavenger hunt to learn about the Bronx as well as larger social issues such as pollution and racial segregation. NYC Haunts won for "most innovative" project.

Press Release for Global Kids' Emoti-Con 2011 


Students from Across New York Debut Their Digital and Technological Creations

NEW YORK, June 2, 2011—On Saturday, June 4th, 2011, over 100 New York City-area youth will gather at the Theresa Lang Community and Student Center at Parsons The New School for Design to showcase their use of digital media and technology at Emoti-Con, the third annual NYC youth digital media and technology festival. Emoti-Con was developed through a grassroots collaboration among a small number of New York City youth organizations to provide a face-to-face venue for youth to get offline and connect with other young media producers and technologists.

Blog post about GK Youth at Cooney's Leadership Forum 

Here's a great post on the Cooney Center's Leadership Forum blog about the two GK leaders, Latavia and Janet, who were among the few youth attendees at the recent forum and covered the event on twitter and includes a selection of Latavia's tweets.

One of our favorites:

“Suggestions for any new changes for next year? I have one: BRING STUDENTS!”

Check out the full article here or below.

Latavia and Janet from Global Kids at the Cooney Center's Leadership Forum

Janet is a high school student from New York City and a member of Global Kids, an after school program that supports urban youth to become global citizens, community leader and successful students. Last week she represented Global Kids as a youth journalist and traveled to L.A. to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center’s “Learning From Hollywood” forum. Along with fellow GK leader Latavia, Janet live-tweeted the event and used a Flip camera to interview the attendees and speakers. Below are her reflections on her time at the Forum, followed by her Tweet trail.