Second Life

Henry Jenkins reflects on Second Life 

In a recent blog post, Henry Jenkins shared a video from a dance party event he participated in with Global Kids Leaders in Second Life back in 2006. “This is how my avatar looked when I was at MIT, partying up with the young folks at Global Kids, and looking pretty lean and spry. I joked at the time that Second Life takes 20 pounds and several decades off you.”

National Writing Project Digital Is Conference 

Global Kids and the Field Museum presented at the National Writing Project Digital Is conference in Philadelphia a few years ago. Below is the video of the presentation, in which the I Dig Science project is explained in detail. Global Kids leader Amana speaks her experience participating in the program. The video documents the development of the project, what it meant for participants to be part of it, and how it was conceived both by Global Kids and The Field Museum. It is one of the best overall descriptions of the program.

We are happy to announce that Global Kids has partnered with the World Bank Institute (WBI) to produce an innovative professional development training that took place in Singapore last month: a quiz show built in the virtual world of Second Life.

The World Bank Institute is the capacity building, training arm of the World Bank Group that “connects practitioners, networks and institutions to help them find solutions to their development challenges.” The virtual training activity was held in conjunction with a much longer course being offered by the World Bank Institute for about twenty municipal government officials from four different cities in Southeast Asia, gathered at a local university in Singapore. The goal of the Global Kids-produced training was to incorporate a virtual world activity into the course program, in a way that enhanced the learning of the government participants and that developed their virtual world skills for further collaborations and activities later on using these virtual tools.

Video available of Barry presenting at Second Life educators conference 

Barry Joseph's presentation at the Virtual Worlds - Best Practices in Education conference this March.

Eulogizing Teen Second Life over the open casket of his Teen Grid Avatar, GlobalKids Bixby will share his deep grief over the loss of Teen Second Life. Meanwhile, a surprise guest will celebrate the end of Linden Lab’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy” for teens and herald the new age of mixed-grid education in Second Life.

Barry Joseph Speaks Live in Second Life: RIP Teen Grid 

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As part of the Virtual Worlds - Best Practices in Education conference currently underway in SL, RezEd's own Barry Joseph will be speaking TODAY, March 18th, at 11am SL time (2pm Eastern) at their Central Auditorium.


The topic: A Funeral For Teen Second Life: A Presentation From Beyond the Grave on the Future of Mixed-Age Education in Second Life.


Eulogizing Teen Second Life over the open casket of his Teen Grid Avatar, GlobalKids Bixby will share his deep grief over the loss of Teen Second Life. Meanwhile, a surprise guest will celebrate the end of Linden Lab’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy” for teens and herald the new age of mixed-grid education in Second Life.




The archive of the video, as well as photos, can be seen here. And please feel free to read the text of the full presentation.

Teen Second Life is Dead; Long Life Mixed-Age Second Life 

Almost three years ago, residents of the youth-only Teen Second Life held a protest march, walking (and flying) en masse across all teen public lands. Their slogans and placards reflected demands which only make sense in the context of a virtual world: grid merger, which is to say, eliminate the teen grid by combining it with the adult-only main grid. Merge the economies. Merge the social space. Merge the properties. When Linden Lab, the producers of the virtual world Second Life, announced last Fall they would be closing Teen Second Life, they offered just that in return, a grid merger, in which older youth, their avatars and properties, would be transferred to the main grid.

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Barry's main grid avatar standing with Terrence Linden on GK's TSL island, for the first time

I've already spoken about how disappointed I am at the closing of Teen Second Life, now that it occurred this past weekend. But what I'd like to do now is reflect on the potential, and perils, of the grid merger, written before it occurred.

GKid Teengrid Transfer Open Forum (22)

Here is a report on the Youth Forum on the Teen Grid Merger that Global Kids held yesterday afternoon on Global Kids Island.  It was a fun and insightful conversation with twenty or so excited avatars, most of whom had never been involved in Global Kids programs before, as far as I could tell. 

Come to the Youth Forum on the Teen Grid Merger December 29 

The 3/14/07 teen panel talking about GK programs in SL in the past year

Global Kids invites all Teen Second Life residents to a Youth Forum on the Teen Grid Merger this Wednesday, December 29 from 3-4pm PST. It will take place on Global Kids island on the Teen Grid of Second Life at this teleport link.

Global Kids will be providing a safe and moderated space for teens to make their views known about the Teen Grid merger with the Main Grid, which is taking place in early January 2011.  If your teens can not come at that time, we will have drop boxes on site so they can leave notecards whenever they want. Or they can leave their comments in this post. 

GK Name-dropped in Recent Talk by Henry Jenkins 

Henry Jenkins' recently gave an excellent talk to parents at the USC, "Raising the Digital Generation: What Parents Need to Know About Digital Media and Learning."

He sought to "congratulate parents on their obvious success in raising a child smart enough to become part of our student body and to challenge some of their preconceptions about the forms of informal learning their offspring may have encountered in the course of their interactions with new media platforms and practices."

Check it out.

We were also delighted to watch and see Global Kids come across the screen, in this segment below:

Rik in Article on Teen Second Life Closure 

The Journal on Transforming Education Through Technology has published an article on the closure of Teen Second Life that opens with a quote from me:

"It's like somebody died." That's how at Rik Panganiban described the K-12 education community's reaction to the closing of Teen Grid at a recent inworld meeting between educators and other members ofNonprofit Commons in Second Life. "It's a horrible tragedy that I wish could be avoided."

Writer Denise Harrison does a well-researched piece on the impending shuttering of the Teen Grid, what it means for educators, and what other alternatives are out there.

See the complete article here.