Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum SLCC 8 14 09


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Virtual museum panel presentation at SLCC in San Francisco, August 2009.

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Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum SLCC 8 14 09

  1. 1. Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum Envisioning a Virtual Presence Presented by Randi Kopp (SL: Dusty Artaud) Consultant for Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum [email_address] [email_address] SLCC August 14, 2009
  2. 2. O L E R A N C E Tolerance T Confidence and Courage Anti-Bullying Role Models and Heroes Empathy For Others One Person Can Make a Difference Learning Media Literacy Skills Negotiation Skills Engagement with Community About Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum <ul><li>2,000 Youth </li></ul><ul><li>Primarily inner-city youth, ages 7 -18 </li></ul><ul><li>40 Regional Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Primarily urban, located in NJ and PA </li></ul><ul><li>400 TCNJ Students and 6 College Departments </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive Media </li></ul><ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Sociology </li></ul><ul><li>Special Needs </li></ul>Kidsbridge services the following groups annually: Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to character education, tolerance and the celebration of human diversity. The Museum is located on the campus of The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in Ewing, NJ.
  3. 3. Disability Awareness Exclusion because of disabilities is a form of prejudice & discrimination Heroes and Community Service Elementary, middle and high school students making a difference and creating a domino effect in their community Discrimination - Signs of the Times Signage displays history of discrimination in the United States Programs Covered by Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum Upstander Behavior Learn how NOT to be a bystander in bullying & exclusion situations Convert to “Upstanders”, who “stand up and speak out” Bullies 5% Victims 5% Bystanders 90%
  4. 4. School Bus Showdown Kids are challenged to stand up and speak out (be an “upstander”) in situations where another kid is being bullied or excluded Puppet Theater After creating puppets, kids role play conflict resolution skits Name That Stereotype Game show that challenges kids to identify stereotypes Peace Diner and Name Shredder Kids confront name calling and explore positive solutions Interactive Stations in the Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum
  5. 5. Kidsbridge Teaching Process Today 3-Stage Process with Travel Time on Both Ends (4 Hours of teaching on the premises of Museum) ONE-TIME 5 HOUR EXPERIENCE Bus Trip from School to Museum 25 Minutes Bus Trip from Museum to School 25 Minutes <ul><li>Museum </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-Survey </li></ul><ul><li>Attitudinal Questions on conflict resolution, discrimination, stereotypes and empathy </li></ul>15 Minutes 15 Minutes 3.5 Hours <ul><li>Museum </li></ul><ul><li>Post-Survey </li></ul><ul><li>Attitudinal Questions on conflict resolution, discrimination, stereotypes and empathy </li></ul><ul><li>Museum Interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibitions - 80 min </li></ul><ul><li>Disability Sensitivity - 20 min </li></ul><ul><li>Practicing Skits - 20 min </li></ul><ul><li>Lunch - 30 min </li></ul><ul><li>Puppet Show -30 min </li></ul><ul><li>College Tour - 30 min </li></ul>
  6. 6. Kidsbridge Goal: Extend Teaching Process EXTENDED MULTI-PHASE TEACHING AND LEARNING EXPERIENCE Bus Trip 25 Min Bus Trip 25 Min Museum Interaction Pre-Survey 15 Min Post-Survey 15 Min 3.5 Hr CLASSROOM Bus Trip 25 Min Museum Interaction Pre-Survey 15 Min Post-Survey 15 Min 3.75 Hr Bus Trip 25 Min Second Life Lesson & Activity 1 Hr Second Life Lesson & Activity 1+ Hr Final Post-Survey 15 Min CLASSROOM MUSEUM
  7. 7. Advantages of Using Second Life as a Teaching and Learning Platform <ul><li>Interactive “hands-on” learning and role playing as in the physical museum </li></ul><ul><li>Expands our teaching and learning capabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Allows the experience to continue beyond the walls of the museum </li></ul><ul><li>Use to train teachers, docents and mentors </li></ul><ul><li>Broaden outreach efforts in schools that service urban, at-risk communities </li></ul><ul><li>“ Field Trips” to relevant educational Second Life sims. </li></ul><ul><li>Can garner more community and parental support </li></ul><ul><li>Rich community of educational/non-profit groups with which to build a constituency </li></ul><ul><li>Options for low cost startup and rapid prototyping </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to create permanent Kidsbridge “Empathy Portal” for kids. </li></ul>Empathy Portal Enhance Reorient Empower Enable Upstander Bully Victim Self-Esteem
  8. 8. So Why Haven’t We Done it Yet? <ul><li>Concerns </li></ul><ul><li>SL limited to age 13 and up - seeking work-around like “field trips” for younger kids </li></ul><ul><li>Technology - believe our schools have it but would have to do an assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Security - protection of the children </li></ul><ul><li>Security - how to manage the expectations of teachers and parents </li></ul><ul><li>Train the trainer - making teachers, docents and mentors comfortable with SL </li></ul><ul><li>Funding - finding supporters who are willing to support a Kidsbridge/SL venue </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability - resources needed to support a continuous SL presence </li></ul><ul><li>Resource Constraints - time and money, usual issues for small non-profit </li></ul>