In the Media

Global Kids' OLP is Hiring (UPDATE: Positions Have Been Filled!) 

Global Kids, Inc., a New York City based non-profit organization dedicated to transforming urban youth into successful students and global and community leaders, is seeking to fill a full-time staff position as Online Leadership Program Associate.

The associate will join GK's Online Leadership Program (OLP) in New York City, where the position will be based. GK is on the cutting-edge developing best practices in the use of digital media for supporting global youth leadership. Recent projects have focused on digital media like serious gaming, virtual worlds, social media, and mobile technology, with subjects like child sex trafficking, global human rights abuses, and genocide. In addition to our youth-facing work, OLP works to build capacity of other youth-serving educators and institutions, and contributing to the field of digital media and learning. We are regularly invited to offer workshops, keynote conferences, and write reports and articles. To get a sense of what it's like to work at Global Kids, read the recent post by one of our departing team members.

<em>UPDATE August 19, 2010: The position openings have been filled at this time. Thank you to everyone for your interest in our work.]

Level Up!, designed for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, is a week-long summer intensive that will train youth in basic game design, global literacy, and how to combine the two into a serious game design addressing a critical social issue.

We blogged about the launch of our new Playing 4 Keep summer camp Level Up! back in April, but it's great to see the word getting out across the web.

Video Games for a Better Tomorrow 

NBC New York had a great write up recently of Global Kids' Playing 4 Keeps program in conjunction with the New York Public Library.

Read the article below or here.

Students Design "Serious" Video Games to Deal with Global Issues
By Jillian Scharr

Video games for a better tomorrow

Video games can get a bad rap from parents and teachers who see them as a distraction from serious study. But students at three New York public libraries, however, are part of an after-school program designing “serious video games”
The program, called “Playing 4 Keeps,” is one of the many after-school programs at the 67th Street and Countee Cullen libraries in Manhattan and Clason’s Point in the Bronx.

For twenty weeks during the school year, students and librarians discuss various global issues and then play a “serious video game” on the subject.  Each library group also designs an original game dealing with a topic of their choice.

Last year, the “Playing 4 Keeps” program’s pilot run, design topics included global warming, drug trafficking on Long Island, and media conglomeration.

Global Kids at Games for Change 2010 

This week has been all a-Buzz with the 7th annual Games for Change festival (G4C) and Global Kids has been in the midst of things presenting, interviewing and covering some of the great content at this year's G4C.

Below is a recap of some of Global Kids' G4C highlights:




This week is the 7th annual Games for Change (G4C) Festival and Global Kids has been busy with speaking at the conference, along with bringing youth to present and conduct interviews of speakers and attendees.

One of the panels Barry Joseph led for G4C brought together some of the amazing partners and people that have been part of Global Kids' Playing for Keep (P4K) program.

You can watch a video of the panel below or directly on YouTube - enjoy!

[In the Media] Global Kids recommended reading, watching, listening 

If you haven't gotten a chance to check out Global Kids latest recommendations of what we have been reading, check it out on Barry's latest post on DML Central.

This installment of our regular posts to the site includes some of our most recent favorite reads and resources. This includes books from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks to The Future of the Internet - And How to Stop It, along with various other articles, reports and websites of interest.

You can read the full post here and we encourage you to read some of these as well. And as always, let us know what you are reading or watching and why others should as well!

Cub Scouts’ Video Game Pin Sending Wrong Message? 

Lots of conversation has resulted over the Boy Scout's new Gaming Pin. Our own Rik Panganiban wrote a lengthy post on this thoughts on the hopes and shortcomings of this new initiative. This spurred Lauren Barack of the School Library Journal to weigh in, and used Rik's post as a jumping off point.

Cub Scouts’ Video Game Pin Sending Wrong Message?

The video gaming merit award offered by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has proven popular. But gaming advocates are concerned that requirements to earn the belt loop or pin are promoting consumerism and anxiety around gaming—rather than the activity’s learning potential.

Talking about Alternative Assessment 


Alternative assessment is the focus of Barry Joseph's article in the Spring 2010 edition of the HaYidion: The Ravsak Journal. In this article, Barry discusses how we here at Global Kids view and work with alternative assessment models and the importance of considering these new models.

Check out Barry's article here.

A piece in "The World is Open" 

In Curtis Bonk's "The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education," he writes about how web technology is being used within educational settings. Within this, in the chapter entitled "Who Are You? Alternative Reality Learning", he mentions Global Kids and our innovative work with teens in Second Life.

Check out the excerpt that talks about Global Kids [pages 285 - 287] here!

Being Interviewed by Skype for HBO Special 

A funny thing happened today. Global Kids is consulting on this exciting project for HBO, slated for Valentine's Day, 2011, about people meeting online. Somehow, through the consulting process, I became the expert on the cultural response to the introduction of the telephone. My interview today for the project then spun off in a wide range of directions, and was a lot of fun. But of great interest to me was the process - they interviewed me by Skype (the image below shows what they saw), while I recorded the video on my end of them interviewing me, and my colleague Rik filmed me filming them filming me. Phew! Let's see if any of this even makes it into the final show.