We are excited to announce that Barry, Amira and Rik of Global Kids will be attending the "Diversifying Participation" conference from February 18-20 in sunny San Diego, California.  This digital media and learning event will draw some of the top thinkers and practitioners in the field, from Henry Jenkins to Sonia Livingston, danah boyd, James Paul Gee and many, many more. 


Global Kids is honored to be involved in four different presentations:


  • "Breaking Boundaries with Virtual Worlds in a Science Classroom and a Teen Jail: Two Case Studies"
  • "Meeting of Minds: Cross-Generational Dialogue on the Ethics of Digital Life"
  • "Data Visualization for K-12 Learning"
  • and "Mad Skills: Making New Media Literacy practices accessible to educators and students alike"

There are many other amazing panels and presentations planned over the three days, making it hard to plan your day! Check out the full program here

Here's the good news: registration is free and open to the public!


[conf] Three Social Media Trainings for Jewish Educators 

This past Monday, January 18, Barry Joseph and I got the opportunity to conduct three intensive trainings for Jewish educators in Teaneck, New Jersey. The occasion was the "Jewish Day School Leadership Conference" which brought together some 500 jewish educators from 300 different institutions to the Marriot in Teaneck. It was a really interesting experience and exposure to the unique educational setting of Jewish day schools.

RAVSAK ©Photograph by Robert A. Cumins

[conf] Haiti Solidarity Benefit this Friday, January 22 in Brooklyn 

Haiti Solidarity Benefit January 22This Friday, January 22, in Brooklyn is the Haiti Solidarity Benefit, a really cool youth-organized fundraiser for Haiti. Global Kids is one of the organizers of this event, through our partnership with the High School for Global Citizenship. Performers will include :

Doors open at 5pm with an art show and food available. Then the show runs from 6-8pm. Just $10 suggested donation.

Conscience unconf220On Saturday, December 5, I had the pleasure of joining about 30-40 other participants at the "Conscience Unconference" in Washington DC, sponsored by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Center for History and New Media.  Having experienced a few unconferences before, I knew coming in that the quality of the experience would lie largely in the expertise, effort and engagement of the participants who showed up, as well as the skill of the facilitators in creating a collaborative environment. 

Luckily, both those conditions were more than fulfilled at the Conscience Unconference.

[conf] Report on Fall 09 Roundtable on Virtual Worlds and Nonprofits 

VWCB fall09 group shot
On November 12, Global Kids hosted a Fall 09 Roundtable on Virtual Worlds and Nonprofits on MacArthur Island in Second Life (teleport link).  
Representatives of five leading 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. Specifically, the following organizations presented:

Last Wednesday, November 18, Global Kids had the honor of helping produce the "Power of Youth Voice" public forum at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, PA.

For those that were not able to attend the simulcast or real life event, it has now been uploaded to Youtube by the MacArthur Foundation.

[teen/conf] Google Conference 

Hello Again,
This blog is about the Breakthrough Learning conference Rafi, Barry, Nafiza and I attended. Primarily focused on Technology and the use of media in classrooms, this conference was held in Mountain View, California on the 27th and 28th of October, 2009 at Google's headquarters. Through out the conference there were many interesting speakers who ranged from professors from the University of Maryland to people who worked for the company that produces Sesame Street, to the one of the Co founders of Google Sergey Brin, even Grover from Sesame Street visited for a bit.

There were also some other teens and pre-teens there. There was a teen named Rosie from a group called BAVC (Bay Area Video Coalition). Also from that group was Carlos and Robert. From MOUSE was Tyler, Michael and Pablo, and from International Children's Media Library was Dana ( she's 10). Dana was the only child that presented a question to the firstt panel of speakers. Her question was "I like music, but have trouble in Math. How can media help me in that situation?" At that moment it seemed like the conference turned into a political arena with the skill that these people avoided answering her question (at least not directly).


This Thursday, November 12, Global Kids is hosting a Fall 09 Roundtable on Virtual Worlds and Nonprofits, from 12-1:30pm PST on MacArthur Island in Second Life (teleport link).   Representatives of five leading 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. Afterward, there will be an open discussion about the applications of virtual worlds for various public good purposes.  The event will close with a casual mixer / dance party!

Representatives of the following organizations will be presenting:

[conf/teens] The Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age Forum 

Hi! This is Nafiza Akter, and I was one of the youth attending the Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age Forum. This forum was put together, as far as my understanding goes, to look at how technology could be used and incorporated into the current educational system for the benefit of the students. The nine youth that attended, organized by Global Kids, all helped to incorporate actual youth voices into the forum since the entire event was based around how technology could be used in the educational system that we have been receiving and experiencing. The event was held at the Googleplex, which, as you can imagine, was more reason to why no one would want to miss an opportunity to attend this event.

Shonette and I arrive at the GooglePlex

Using Alternative Assessment Models to Empower Youth-directed Learning 

Below is an article by Barry Joseph originally posted on the Breakthrough Learning In a Digital Age site entitled "Using Alternative Assessment Models to Empower Youth-directed Learning." It focuses around several assessment models used in our programs, along with example outcomes from one of our youth. It also announces our newly created, MacArthur Foundation funded, Global Kids Edge Project.

Read more below or the full entry and comments here.

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.