GK at the Global Education Conference

Global Kids will be presenting at the 2012 Global Education Conference, which takes place online from November 12-17. One of the best things about this conference is that it’s entirely virtual and free, which makes it incredibly accessible and allows for a globally connected experience.

 

"The conference seeks to present ideas, examples, and projects that help connect educators and classrooms, with a strong emphasis on promoting global awareness, fostering global competency, and inspiring action towards solving real–world problems. It is our hope that attendees will challenge themselves and others to become more active citizens of the world. Let us learn, question, create, and engage in meaningful, authentic opportunities within a global context!” -From GEC Website

 

This year, GEC, recognizing that games-based learning is a hot educational topic, has partnered with BrainPOP, a creator of animated educational videos, to develop a new gaming strand for the conference to highlight games within a global education context.

 

Global Kids’ session will take place on Thursday, November 12, 3pm-4pm EST on the following topic:

 

Developing Global Citizenship Skills Through Game Design

In this session, we will explore how serious games and game design can be used as a way to educate and engage youth about global issues and civic engagement, while enhancing their real-world problem solving skills. Through Global Kids' innovative game design programs, youth are taught not just to interact with games, but to be part of an iterative process where they design games about global issues such as climate change, human rights, and air quality.

 

In one program, Global Kids youth created a location-based game using mobile devices about local history and broader social issues.  In another program, youth created social impact games about war and peace, while in another program, youth created a geocaching game with gps-enabled devices about electoral issues and the upcoming U.S. presidential election. Finally, Global Kids will draw from its experience creating a youth-designed award winning game about poverty in Haiti.

 

Lessons from these programs will help educators incorporate games-based learning with their students and highlight how youth can go beyond playing games to designing games that shape their identities as both game designers and socially-responsible global citizens.

 

We hope you’ll join us for our session and spread the word! To join the conference, visit the GEC website.