A Cross Case Analysis of Two Out-of-School Programs Based on Virtual Worlds 

A new article has been released discussing the programming Global Kids has led in virtual worlds. You can read the abstract and download the article below.  

A report on "Soft-Modding" in GK's I-Dig Zambia program 


The International Journal of Learning and Media has just released a report on I-Dig Zambia, funded by a grant we received from the MacArthur Foundation to understand virtual worlds in education. Soft Modding in Two Out-of-School Virtual Worlds-Based Programs provides an in depth look at how learning in virtual worlds can support youth to develop the emotional intelligence and social skills (collaboration, civic engagement) they will need to succeed as 21st century learners and citizens.

View the article on IJLM here.

Civic Education in the Era of Digital Media: A Pilot Case Study 

Ching-Fu Lan now a Ph.D. candidate in the Teaching of Social Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University wrote this research study of our final year of our Virtual Video Project, which produced DIscovered, and has given us permission to share it. Ching-Fu does an excellent job of evaluating the program using the frameworks of Lance Bennett.

You can download the full text here Download file

[RezEd] RezEd Report Now Available Online! 

The RezEd seasonal report summarizes the cutting edge activities and discussions of educators in the RezEd community. RezEd's inaugural report offers a special feature on Ethics and Virtual Worlds by a team from Harvard University's GoodPlay Project. The report also highlights podcasts and best practices on the educational uses of Second Life, Dizzywood, and Quest Atlantis.

[RezEd] vBusiness Expo podcast series spotlights RezEd 

As part of the vBusiness podcast series, Amira Fouad of Global Kids presented at the vBusiness Expo the newly launched virtual worlds focused social network RezEd in April of 2008.

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We are excited to announce that the video of the launch of the Global Kid's International Justice Center is now available on YouTube, as well as at We got special permission from the YouTube administrators to post the full 39-minute recording of the event, which featured a dynamic interchange between the ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo and the former foreign minister of Canada Mr. Lloyd Axworthy.

Please check out and rate up the YouTube version here or head to to view a higher quality version.

[Conf] Announcing release of two papers in GK Series on Virtual Worlds 

This week brings the exciting release of two papers that were written based on findings during the 2007 Second Life Community Convention in both the education and non-profit focused panels. They were authored by two prominent SL community members in both fields and feature numerous references, quotes and work being done by various educators, virtual world professionals and non-profits within Second Life and other related spheres.

We are proud of the papers and welcome you to download them, share with your colleagues and leave comments.

Support for these reports was provided by the Digital Media and Learning Initiative of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. We thank them and all who helped contribute in some way to the publishing of these documents.

Reports from the Field: Second Life Community Convention 2007 Education Track Summary

Best Practices from the Second Life Community Convention Education Track 2007

prepared by Cathy Arreguin, MA Educational Technology

The first paper in the Global Kids Series on Virtual Worlds discusses common themes, methodology and best practices in education in virtual worlds and concludes with recommendations.

The teens at VVP have done it again! This week the participants showed off their knowledge of Henry Jenkin's digital media literacy skills by creating comics to explain the skills. Here are the samples of their work.

The first one we would like to display is the "Networking" group. Great Job!

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[dmi] Report on FOCUS Dialogues Released 

In April of 2007, Global Kids held the first round of FOCUS: Teen Voices on Digital Media and Society, a series of online dialogues in which teens from around the globe gathered to discuss the effects that digital media had in their lives and in the world.

We're pleased to release an independent report on FOCUS which gives an overview of the project and its participants, and, most importantly, elucidates on the many themes which emerged from the youth voices in the dialogues.

Download the report.

Read the full archives of FOCUS.

[Press] Living in the World You Imagine 

Imagine Magazine in their May/June issue has an article written by Angela Balcita that features the TSL space and spotlights Eye 4 You Alliance and Global Kids Island.

Download the article here.