Choose Your Best Practices


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This presentation was given at the 24 hour long conference focusing on Best Practices in Education within Second Life. Barry Joseph as his main grid avatar globalkids bixby presented a 'Choose your own adventure' styled talk on the history of the teen grid and Global Kids activities and programs that have taken place in the last year and a half.

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    6. 7. WARNING!!!! Do not read these slides straight through from beginning to end. They contain many different adventures you can have while speaking from a podium. From time to time as you read along, you will be asked to make a choice. You are responsible because you choose. Remember—you can’t go back! Think carefully before you make a move! One mistake can be your last … or it may lead you to fame and fortune!
    7. 8. CHOICE Lets begin Q&A
    8. 9. Barry Joseph H E L L O my name is
    9. 10. Global Kids H E L L O my name is
    10. 11. WHAT IS GLOBAL KIDS? <ul><li>Global Kids is committed to: </li></ul><ul><li>transforming urban youth </li></ul><ul><li>into successful students </li></ul><ul><li>as well as global and community leaders </li></ul><ul><li>through its classroom-based </li></ul><ul><li>after school and </li></ul><ul><li>digital media programs </li></ul>
    11. 12. <ul><li>GK's Power of Citizenry Leadership Program annually creates a network of over 500 youth leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Predominantly low-income youth of color </li></ul><ul><li>Reach over 12,000 youth and adults each year </li></ul><ul><li>Each year more than 90% of seniors in GK’s programs graduate from high school and attend college </li></ul>WHAT IS GLOBAL KIDS?
    12. 13. Combine youth development practices and world affairs with the development of high profile digital media projects to empower teens with 21st Century Skills , such as critical thinking , self-education, global knowledge , and personal empowerment. Online Leadership Program Overall Educational Objectives
    13. 14. The MacArthur Foundation Virtual Worlds Camp GK in Second Life, Virtual Video Project, TSL Leadership Program The Microsoft Corporation Gaming Playing 4 Keeps Various Funders Dialogues Newz Crew, Digital Media Youth Circle The MacArthur Foundation Youth Voices on Digital Media Podcast, Blog, The Ecology of Games, Youth Advisory, MacArthur Advisory
    14. 15. CHOICE Short Video on GK Begin TSL History
    15. 17. &quot; Basically we didn't really know how Second Life would shape up. And we were afraid that without understanding how people would behave better we might be better off separating teens from others. And I looked at Whyville, and it seemed like they had a cool idea... and a proof that this worked pretty well.&quot; Philip Rosedale March, 2007, Global Kids Island
    16. 18. TSL – Notable Facts <ul><li>Only for teens 13-17 </li></ul><ul><li>When a teen turns 18 they are transported to the Main Grid </li></ul><ul><li>The Teen Grid is not a section of the Main Grid, but a separate grid </li></ul>
    17. 19. TSL – February 2005 <ul><li>Amnesty period </li></ul><ul><li>Teen Grid rules </li></ul><ul><li>Only open during Linden office hours, much like when SL was in Beta </li></ul><ul><li>Officially to &quot;provide an international gathering place for teens 13-17 to make friends and to play, learn and create&quot; </li></ul>
    18. 20. CHOICE Teen Spotlight Next Milestone
    19. 21. Teen Spotlight: Malarthi Behemoth <ul><li>First TSL resident (by five minutes) </li></ul><ul><li>Has kept his original in-world home a pristine forest reserve with one lone dog house </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;The big bright (literally) dog that took that first small step for teens, first huge step for mankind.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>In His Own Words: &quot;My favorite experience was what we called the &quot;Race to the Bottom&quot;… Basically, we were assigned a third world country to represent. And then we had to decide how much financial, legal, ethical and other kinds of incentives we were going to give to a large corporation that was considering moving it's labor to our country. The amazing part for me was when I realized that the name of the &quot; game &quot; wasn't random, it was directly related to what we were doing. I tried to get everyone to take a stand against the corporation, and it didn't work. And I realized that's the problem we face today.&quot; </li></ul>
    20. 22. TSL – January 2006 <ul><li>January 1, 2006 - Teen Second Life leaves Beta  </li></ul><ul><li>Open 24/7 </li></ul><ul><li>Blue Linden in charge  </li></ul><ul><li>Global Kids creates in-world journal to document best practices and offer analysis </li></ul><ul><li>The Holy Meatballs of Divine Spongiform  </li></ul>
    21. 23. CHOICE View some Holy Meatballs Learn the title's origin Next Milestone
    22. 25. February/March 2006 <ul><li>Global Kids comes to the teen grid </li></ul><ul><li>Island transferred  </li></ul><ul><li>Built by The Magicians </li></ul>
    23. 26. CHOICE Watch Launch Video Next Linden Curtain
    24. 27. Linden Curtain <ul><li>Island broken for weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Estate 5 powers </li></ul>
    25. 28. Digital Media Essay Contest <ul><li>Funded by MacArthur Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Support Digital Media and Learning Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Teen essays on roles of digital media in their lives </li></ul>
    26. 29. CHOICE Hear teens on contest Next Milestone How we used SL to create essays
    27. 30. Digital Media Essay Contest <ul><li>The contest experience </li></ul><ul><li>Talking rocks and trees, the globe quiz, and the volcano bats   </li></ul><ul><li>They build </li></ul>
    28. 31. Workshops in Second Life <ul><li>A Human Barometer </li></ul><ul><li>We found in TSL more than we had bargained for </li></ul>
    29. 32. CHOICE View mixed reality award ceremony Next Milestone
    30. 33. <ul><li>Best practices for working in TSL: </li></ul><ul><li>What happens in the teen grid stays in the teen grid </li></ul><ul><li>Create multiple places of meaning </li></ul><ul><li>If you build it, they will come </li></ul><ul><li>Go beyond TSL </li></ul>CHOICE
    31. 34. May 2006 <ul><li> is launched (blog covering GK programs in and out of TSL) </li></ul><ul><li>Save Darfur campaign comes to TSL </li></ul>
    32. 35. June-August 2006 <ul><li>Claudia Linden joins Blue; Claudia focuses on Sub-estates </li></ul><ul><li>Camp GK announced by Global Kids on SecondCast </li></ul><ul><li>Competitive application process </li></ul><ul><li>Three hours a day, five days a week, for four weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Combined GK workshops with constructivist power of SL </li></ul>
    33. 36. CHOICE Learn what students did Next Milestone
    34. 37. CHOICE video comic book
    35. 39. CHOICE teen spotlight best practices a defined by campers Next Milestone
    36. 40. Teen Spotlight: Lucky Figtree <ul><li>Founded Disability in Second Life group </li></ul><ul><li>Always wears the best skirts </li></ul><ul><li>First TSL teen to cross over to be GK Leader in real world </li></ul><ul><li>In Her Own Words: &quot;Since the First Camp GK in Teen Second Life, I can say with confidence that I have gained many social skills. I can hold a meaningful debate and I learned tons about important world causes. There were also some things I learned more about in Second Life. I made many friends, and I think I can type A LOT faster.&quot; </li></ul>
    37. 41. Best Practices <ul><li>What are two &quot;best practices&quot; from Camp GK you would recommend to others interested in using virtual worlds for education and activism? </li></ul><ul><li>“ Be prepared for things to go in directions you never even thought possible. We were able to accomplish some pretty amazing things that we hadn't even considered at the outset of camp.” - Malarthi Behemoth “Well I think that the one mic and popcorn system was good for allowing people to express their ideas freely when at times keeping it quiet when its needed.” - TheCoolLeader Boyer “One of my favorite activities was the human barometer where the instructor would ask us questions and we the campers would jump on different signs on the ground that corresponds with our opinion on that issue/statement.” - Ryan Dayton “I really enjoyed the fact that we could go around, tell our stories, and express our opinions. Let teenagers express who they are while in a learning environment; You guys let us be ourselves.” - Itokuzu Shimada </li></ul>
    38. 42. September 2006 <ul><li>GK publishes Best Practices document </li></ul><ul><li>Lucky + Cory + Mariel = TSL Survey </li></ul>
    39. 43. <ul><li>Best practices for bringing a youth development model into TSL: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Build, build, build! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t just build; design and manipulate avatars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Think globally, act locally </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Know when teens know best </li></ul></ul>CHOICE
    40. 44. October 2006 <ul><li>MacArthur Foundation announcement simulcast in main and teen grid of Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>First dual grid stream </li></ul><ul><li>$50m for new 5-year Digital Media and Learning Initiative  </li></ul><ul><li>Funding for Global Kids over three years includes Second-Life based programming   </li></ul><ul><li>Favorite quote, heard from teen during MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton's introduction: &quot;You know, I think Jackie Chan should be giving this whole speech thing. No one could do it better.&quot; </li></ul>
    41. 45. November 2006 <ul><li>Wayne MacPhail - Who’s on Second Podcast </li></ul><ul><li>GK's Virtual Video Project launches at Museum of the Moving Image </li></ul><ul><li>GK Inverts Camp GK for new Leadership program </li></ul><ul><li>International Criminal Court Scavenger Hunt </li></ul><ul><li>US Holocaust Museum's Darfur Photo exhibit in TSL </li></ul><ul><li>Social Contract proposed by Global Kids to eliminate the Linden Curtain </li></ul>
    42. 46. CHOICE What is the Social Contract Next Milestone
    43. 47. Social Contract <ul><li>To eliminate GK's guinea pig status by expanding powers to others  </li></ul><ul><li>Two options: technical or social </li></ul><ul><li>Technical solution: a new estate </li></ul><ul><li>Social solution: a new relationship </li></ul>
    44. 48. December 2006 <ul><li>The Global Kids Guide To Presenting In Teen Second Life released  </li></ul><ul><li>UNICEF's A World Fit For Children Festival </li></ul>
    45. 49. CHOICE comic book video
    46. 51. CHOICE Henry Jenkins dance party Teen Spotlight
    47. 52. Teen Spotlight: Mariel VoyUNICEF <ul><li>Came to TSL to represent UNICEF's Voices of Youth </li></ul><ul><li>Lives in Mexico </li></ul><ul><li>Master Q&A m.c. - For Henry Jenkins, Philip Rosedale, and more  </li></ul><ul><li>In Her Own Words: &quot;e-education and activism are growing stronger each day in these media; today we can choose not to do it, but it will be a need in a few years, so we would just be postponing it... I hope everyone enjoyed this experience as much as I did, and that we all use what we learned to take action against the issues. The road of activism is never over…&quot; </li></ul>
    48. 53. January 2006 <ul><li>US Holocaust Museum – Mia Farrow speaks on situation in Darfur in TSL </li></ul>
    49. 54. <ul><li>Best practices in workshop design and facilitation in TSL: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use real world content when addressing real world issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t wait until someone has the floor to start typing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t fear multiple communication channels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Incorporate processing into the activity, not just as a final step </li></ul></ul>CHOICE
    50. 55. February 2007 <ul><li>Eye4You Alliance opens publicly to TSL residents; GK Island is no longer alone </li></ul><ul><li>MIT Beyond Broadcast conference in TSL  </li></ul><ul><li>GK launches two new islands, one for Machinima and one for Serious Games </li></ul>
    51. 56. March 2007 <ul><li>Eye4You alliance has a week festival in SL in conjunction with national event </li></ul><ul><li>GK celebrates one year anniversary  </li></ul>
    52. 57. CHOICE Learn more about the two week celebration Next Milestone
    53. 58. GK Celebration <ul><li>The majority of the events, activities and builds were created and run by teens </li></ul><ul><li>Activities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scavenger Hunt on global environmental issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GK Birthday Cake Baking Contest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A tour of the new NOAA Glacier followed by a workshop on global climate change. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two dance parties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Birthday card signing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Panels: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TSL residents present on the past year of programs in TSL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TSL residents debate the role of adults in online teen spaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blue and Philip Linden on the past, present and future of TSL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Representatives from Learn & Serve America and the National Youth Leadership Council speak to teens through a live audio stream on service-learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A live video from the annual Global Kids youth conference </li></ul></ul>
    54. 59. CHOICE Video highlights from celebration Next Milestone
    55. 60. March 2007 <ul><li>McKinley Tech high school, Washington, D.C. </li></ul><ul><li>SL Professional Development Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Playing 4 Keeps  </li></ul><ul><li>National Service Learning Council simulcasts annual conference into TSL  </li></ul>
    56. 61. April 2007 <ul><li>Moo Money comes to GK island  </li></ul><ul><li>GK Leadership Program relaunched NTEC presentation on Second Life rated best conference presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Linden Lab responds to teen and adult requests by reorganizing the grid </li></ul>
    57. 62. CHOICE Why the reorganization is the most important event since the grid left beta Map of the current adult-owned islands in the grid
    58. 63. Map of the current adult-owned islands in the grid
    59. 64. Reorganization <ul><li>MacArthur Spotlight ( </li></ul><ul><li>Debate expands to adults and teen spaces (SLED, teen blogs, TSL boards, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Email from GK to Lindens: &quot;Blue said recently during his interview with Philip on GK island, 'It could very well be that in the next year, island ownership by individuals as well as edu/non-profits like Gkids becomes the primary business model for TG.' I think that is correct. And this can mean more ADULTS owning land in the Teen Grid than teens. This is what leads teens like Cheesepuff to recently write, 'Stop calling it the teen grid, at this point, it doesn't really deserve that name. Call it the near everybody is homeless grid. Call it the being taken over by adults grid.' I think one approach for maintaining the youth-centric nature of the teen grid, while still allowing adults to own sims,... might be to go the route of making a clear physical delineation by making an adult section of the Teen Grid.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Important because: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reaffirms that Lindens Listen and that teen voices mattered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrated that public dialogs about civic issues could expand over months across the net and have an impact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cleared up a major obstacle to both the growth of educational projects in TSL and the threat that poses to the grid </li></ul></ul>
    60. 65. April 2007 <ul><li>Teen Unification Project begins </li></ul><ul><li>TSL YA (Youth Advocates) forms </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Video Project launches fist set of machinima PSA’s </li></ul><ul><li>GK begins consulting on IBM education project for TSL </li></ul><ul><li>GK receives funding from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to partner with YouthVenture in TSL </li></ul>
    61. 66. CHOICE Teen machinima PSA’s on digital media Moo Money’s machinima tour of GK island Next Milestone
    62. 67. May 2007 <ul><li>Global Kids work in SL Expands </li></ul><ul><li>Job Openings: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Leadership Program Associate (Video Specialist) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Leadership Program Associate (Foundation Programs in Second Life Producer) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Leadership Program Associate (Gaming and Social Networks Specialist) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Leadership Program Associates (YouthVenture Program Manager and YouthVenture Program Associate) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Leadership Program Assistant </li></ul></ul><ul><li> (for more info and details on how to apply) </li></ul>
    63. 68. Future <ul><li>What does the future hold? </li></ul><ul><li>How many schools will create private islands for the 2007-2008 school year? </li></ul><ul><li>What other open islands will join the GK and Eye4You Alliance?  </li></ul><ul><li>Will the Social Contract be approved? </li></ul><ul><li>What new non-profit, corporate, governmental, and foundational orgs will bring education to TSL? </li></ul>
    64. 69. &quot;... At a high level we don't even want to separate anyone from anyone. So now that we have more experience, we are thinking about how to also create the option to have everyone together. It would be great if there could be an area with all ages, but no mature content. And I think we can make that work. We have so much more experience now. I think that where we are today... a place for only teens... makes sense too. It is up to you.&quot; Philip Rosedale March, 2007, Global Kids Island
    65. 70. &quot;I've got a dream... What if most of what we thought of as &quot;school&quot; today... happened in here instead? If you look at how people are studying SL in developing countries... where schools are terrible... it could happen. And if it happens there, it could rapidly be a model for other countries. Imagine that.&quot; Philip Rosedale March, 2007, Global Kids Island
    66. 71. The End? Start Over Q&A