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.

[conf] Bringing Youth Voices to Breakthrough Learning Forum 


Next week, Global Kids will be leading a team of youth leaders to a landmark event in the world of digital learning. The event, titled Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age, is being organized by the Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, Common Sense Media and Google and will be held at the GooglePlex on October 27th and 28th. It's aimed at bringing attention to new forms of learning facilitated by technology, and will be attended by policymakers, industry leaders, education practitioners and researchers, and, of course, by digital youth. The youth team will consist of kids from Global Kids, the Bay Area Video Coalition and MOUSE, and will aim to bring in a youth voice to the forum in a variety of ways. We're really excited that the organizers put a priority on making sure actual teens were a part of this important conversation, as so often they aren't.

This afternoon I had the opportunity to speak to around 70 program officers from a wide variety of foundations at the Grantmakers in the Arts pre-conference entitled "New Media and the Arts: A Force for Change." I had fifteen minutes to present on the "new tools" panel, using GK's own work as case studies.

Most would choose one or two and go deep. But if you know me, no way. I took on gaming, virtual worlds AND social media - how can I help it? - giving examples from each.

The presentation is below:

Global Kids Professional Development Trainings Starting Soon 

Jay leading Boston MassIMpact training
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
  • MacArthur Roundtable on Nonprofits and Virtual Worlds

    Yesterday, representatives of four very different nonprofits spoke in Second Life about the public good applications of virtual worlds based on a four-week training conducted by Global Kids. Entitled the "MacArthur Grantee Virtual Roundtable," the event featured:

    We had a tremendous turnout, with nearly 100 avatars cramming the MacArthur Island amphitheater.  Lots of representatives of nonprofits that are already active in virtual worlds were present, as well as several complete newbies to Second Life.


    For the past four weeks, representatives of five nonprofits supported by the MacArthur Foundation have been going through the "Virtual World Capacity Building Program" an intensive training on nonprofit applications of virtual worlds.  These organizations have explored several major virtual platforms, examined some of the leading examples of nonprofit actions in the metaverse, and thought about how they might best use these tools to further their respective missions.

    TODAY, Thursday, August 27, four groups will be presenting on MacArthur Island in Second Life their initial impressions of virtual worlds, outstanding questions, and possible next steps.  It's a very diverse group of nonprofits, including:

    [conf] FCC Workshop in SL 

    The blog New World Notes, gives a good description of the FCC Workshop on the subject of "E-Gov/Civic Engagement," that was held on August 6th and streamed into Second Life. In the blog, the author, Hamlet, writes about how the initiative even came about and gives a link and more background information on the National Broadband Plan. Check out the blog!

    [conf] FCC Workshop on Education & Broadband in Second Life a success! 

    Thanks to the nearly 80 folks who turned out for the Second Life simulcast of the FCC Workshop on Education and Broadband Access! Special thanks to Hamlet Au, Pathfinder Linden, Ricken Flow, and others who helped promote the workshop to their networks. And congratulations to the FCC for taking a chance on these new forms of public engagement.

    This Thursday, August 20, at 10am PST / 1pm EST, Global Kids will be hosting a Second Life simulcast of an FCC Workshop on the intersections of broadband access and education. The goal of this workshop is to identify potential impact of increased broadband access on education outcomes and how broadband policies can help improve those outcomes. The FCC hopes to learn about ways in which broadband can impact education at the early childhood, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels in a cost-effective manner. The workshop will look at current programs, such as e-rate and evaluate how such programs can be improved, for example, to take advantage of new technologies that have arisen since it was established. The workshop will also look at what applications and devices might be used to improve educational performance.

    Hosted on MacArthur Island in Second Life (click here to teleport ), this video simulcast of the workshop is open to the general public to attend. Virtual event hosting, moderation and technical support provided by Global Kids.

    FCC Workshop on Education & Broadband simulcast in Second Life August 20 

    FCC Workshop on e-Gov

    We are excited to announce that Global Kids will be producing in Second Life a simulcast of the upcoming FCC Workshop on education and broadband access next Thursday, August 20.  The topic is obviously very near and dear to our hearts, so we are excited to be involved. We hope that all of the communities of educators, students, nonprofits, and others who understand the value of broadband access for education turn out and participate.