In the Media

[p4k] Global Learning at Any Age 

In December the Asia Society's Education and Learning site posted an article focusing on the the importance of global learning and specially happening in after school settings, citing Global Kids as a good example.

Teens and high school students are ready for a lot of choice and a lot of voice. Global activities can be a strong draw for older youth, offering opportunities to take leadership on issues about which they care deeply. International affairs debates are very attractive to this age group, as are apprenticeship models where teens master high-level skills under the tutelage of experts and professionals.

Global Kids, an afterschool program in New York, develops high school leaders through its Power of Citizenry program and Online Leadership Program. Urban youth become informed about global issues, develop leadership skills, and explore higher education and careers, particularly those in international affairs through a summer program in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations.

[P4K] Comparing Ayiti: The Cost of Life to WoW 

In a recent post on the blog New Journalism, the educator Paul Allison shares with us a video created by one of his high school youth at East-West School of International Studies. This video featured 10th grader Terrence reading on how Ayiti: The Cost of Life, compares to the MMORPG World of Warcraft online.

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You can also view this video directy on New Journalizm.

[P4K] Youth Compare Ayiti: The Cost of Life to Other Games 

Recently there have been numerous game focused essays posted to the site Youth Voices comparing various games to Ayiti: The Cost of Life. These comparisons range from World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, Final Fantasy, Civilization, Animal Crossing, and even traditional card games like Crazy Eights and students reflecting on how the game play compares to Ayiti.

Certainly a site to watch - New Voices is titling itself as "a meeting place where students share, distribute and discuss their digital work online", and was set up by a group of innovative educators from the New York City Writing Project, a chapter of the National Writing Project.

Below is one of the great student comparison reflections. You can read the rest of these essays on Youth Voices here.

[In the Media] Recommended reading, watching, listening 

Our latest Recommended reading, watching, listening post is up on DMLcentral and we are crossposting it here as well.

Global Kids' New York City-based programs address the urgent need for young people to possess leadership skills and an understanding of complex global issues to succeed in the 21st century workplace and participate in the democratic process. The staff has a wonderful appetite for learning and we regularly provide a snapshot of resource picks we consider insightful and relevant. Please comment and tell us what you are reading and watching, too!

Topping our current list: Feed by M.T. Anderson, a dystopic science fiction novel about a world where technology has become such a part of people's lives that they wear embedded computers that feed news, advertising, television programs, music and electronic messages directly into their brains.

[press] MacArthur Spotlight Blog Features "I Dig Science" Program 

The MacArthur Foundation's Spotlight blog recently featured a video story on the "I Dig Science" program conducted by Global Kids and the Field Museum of Chicago this past summer. Produced by Benjamin Wolff.

See the complete video on the MacArthur Spotlight Blog.

Thank you Rosasio Dawson for Promoting Ayiti: The Cost of Life 

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[SL] The Power of Virtual Civics Education 

This week the MacArthur Spotlight blog featured an article written by mac Montandon titled Teens in Virtual Worlds Learn Civic Lessons That Are Anything But Dull which highlights some of our work in Teen Second Life as an example of an engaging way of learning civics.

High school kids from Washington, D.C., involved in the Witnessing History project, certainly appeared motivated by the immersive aspects of working in the virtual space of Teen Second Life. The project was produced in conjunction with Global Kids and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

It was there that a handful of students curated an exhibit where visitors assumed the role of reporters–replete with fedoras and notepads–to learn how bystanders reacted to the horrors of the 1938 Night of Broken Glass pogrom at the outset of the Holocaust.

[p4k] Report Finds Program Effectively Trains Educators To Teach Game Design 


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Report Finds Program Effectively Trains Educators To Teach Game Design

Selen Turkay, a doctoral student in the Instructional Technology and Media program at Teachers College, Columbia University, recently prepared an independent evaluation of Global Kids’ Playing For Keeps Capacity Building Program, which trains educators to combine games and social issues in their work with youth.

The findings, based on 45 interviews with educators from the New York public libraries and Boston-area housing projects, revealed that Global Kids successfully prepared youth workers to inspire and guide teens to learn and create game prototypes about social and global issues.

The MacArthur Foundation recently published a series of articles to the "Behind the Research" section of their Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning site which highlighted some of our programs both past and upcoming.

Below you can read the article entitled "Behind the Research: Students Use Digital Tools to Tell a Real Child Soldier’s Story" by Mac Montandon.

Behind the Research: Students Use Digital Tools to Tell a Real Child Soldier’s Story

The Museum of the Moving Image and Global Kids Join Forces to Teach History.

Who learns more about history and current affairs, a student reading about Uganda in a text book, or one who talks to a former child soldier by Skype and makes a Second Life movie about his and his fellow soldiers’ lives? No question. Yet not everyone has this kind of learning opportunity in a classroom. That’s where museums come in.

One of the other recent MacArthur Foundation Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning posts, highlights a video about the I Dig Science Programs that Global Kids ran in partnership with the Field Museum in Chicago.

You can watch the video below or view the original post here.


I Dig from Spotlight on Vimeo.