We are excited to pass along the news that ten winners have been selected for the 2010 Digital Media and Learning Competition! Sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation and HASTAC, this year's competition drew more than 800 applications from 32 countries. The ten recipients of grants were announced today on the MacArthur website.

The winners included several projects that focus on digital games and virtual worlds, including:

  • Click! The Online Spy School: Emily Sturman, Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Nox No More: Rosanna Garcia, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • Conservation Connection: from the Westside to the Pacific: Joshua Drew, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL
  • and Scratch and Share: Mitchel Resnick, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA

    The complete list of winners from this year and previous years is available here.

  • [RezEd Podcast] Episode 45 

    RezEd Podcast Episode 45 - Discussion on this podcast and hub itself

    (WORLD) The forty-fifth RezEd monthly podcast, produced by MediaSnackers with Global Kids.

    What could be the final podcast of the series for RezEd—click play and found out why.

    Show Notes:

    • 0.00—0:24 Intro
    • 0.25—1.02 introduction to the focus session with the Global Kids
    • 1.03—4.32 high and lows of RezEd
    • 4.33—6.27 evolving nature of the community
    • 6.28—8.20 role of the community
    • 8.21—8.54 thanks / outro
    • 8.55—09.36 in dialogue session talking with RezEd community members
    • 09.37—10.49 Jeremy Koester

    [RezEd] Visit the SmallWorlds RezEd Educator's Zone 

    Earlier this month, the social networking platform Ning announced it's Apps Platform program and among the initial batch of featured Ning Apps listed in it was the virtual world SmallWorlds.

    Well, if you haven't checked this out yet,, set up it's own embedded SmallWorlds members lounge for members of RezEd to be able to interact and chat in 3D while logged in to the RezEd network. Look's like we were even the first to add it to our Ning network page as reported by Virtual Worlds News:

    Ning Network Creators can now add the SmallWorlds app to their network. For SmallWorlds, this means instant increased visibility should any of the Ning groups choose to add the app to their landing page. According to SmallWorlds, educator network GlobalKids was the first to add SmallWorlds to its Ning page.

    You can visit the RezEd Educator's Zone here.

    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.

    [RezEd] is recognized by the American Library Association 

    RezEd was named by librarians to be one of the best websites for teaching and learning, alongside Facebook, Ning and Skype

    RezEd is delighted to be recognized by the American Library Association as one of the top 25 "Best Websites for Teaching and Learning" and honored to be on a list which includes Facebook, Ning, Skype, Twitter, Wikispaces, and Second Life.

    According to their site:

    The Best Websites for Teaching and Learning honors websites, tools, and resources of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the American Association of School Librarians' Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.

    The Top 25 Websites foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.


    Specifically, they had the following to say about RezEd:

    Learn about virtual worlds in a safe, supportive environment with other educators. RezED is the hub for learning about virtual worlds, providing practitioners with access to the highest quality resources and research in the field.

    Tip: Check out RezEd’s monthly podcasts, online webinars, virtual chats, and discussion groups.


    In addition, RezEd met their following Standards for the 21st-Century Learner

    [RezEd] Two GK projects highlighted at poster session during GLS 

    Global Kids projects were the focus of two poster sessions at this weeks GLS, one about the D.I.D.I. initiative and Selen Turkay's awesome study about our Science Through Second Life class at our high school.

    We think they were the best posters in the session, but perhaps we're biased. :-)

    Images below - enjoy!

    Here's a neat little clip of Connie Yowell of the MacArthur Foundation welcoming the 2008 and 2009 winners of the HASTAC Digital Media and Learning competition, including myself and Amira from Global Kids. Connie always does such a great job synthesizing the broader historic trends, the cumulative impact of the various digital learning projects supported by MacArthur, and where we might be going in the coming years.  This is from the DML Showcase in Chicago on Friday, April 17 that I was honored to be at along with my colleague Amira. 

    Last Saturday I had the honor of presenting at the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference about the work of Global Kids and some of the lessons we have been learning about how to best use virtual worlds for education and learning. The multi-day conference took place in Second Life, appropriately enough given the hundreds of educational projects going on in that platform, but was meant to more broadly cover "educational best practices" from virtual environments writ large.

    The title of my presentation was "'Aha!' Moments from Global Kids and" In brief, I talked about how Global Kids and our social network for virtual educators have approached the idea of "best practices" in education and then presented five recent lessons that we've learned about virtual education. You can watch video of my presentation from the new Treet.TV website.

    [SL] Coverage of Metanomics show featuring Barry 

    Barry Joseph, along with David Klevan of the United State Holocaust Memorial Museum, were guests on the January 26th episode of the show Metanomics. They both spoke on education in virtual worlds including Teen Second Life. Video highlights from Barry's comments, including further thoughts on the importance of a Teen only virtual space within Second Life, are below along with links to the full video and transcripts.

    [RezEd] Using Virtual Worlds for Professional Development 

    In the mood for a good read and one that is an example of something people can use to introduce people to the value and legitimacy of virtual worlds for education, Peggy Sheehy recently authored an article in the publication Tech and Ed entitled "Give your Professional Development Second Life". In it she details how virtual worlds, such as Second Life make great resources and spaces for educator professional development.

    She spotlights organizations like ISTE, NMC within Second Life and gives a shout out to and Global Kids' Second Life Curriculum as a key component to anyone looking to use Second Life as a space for professional development.

    Download a pdf and read Peggy's article here.