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Teaching Social Issues through Digital Games


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The Global Kids approach to digital games as tools for youth empowerment and social issue engagement.

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Teaching Social Issues through Digital Games

  1. 1. How do you talk to your kids about this?
  2. 2. ...or this?
  3. 3. or even this...
  4. 4. Who I Am Rik Panganiban Assistant Director Online Leadership Program Global Kids
  5. 5. <ul><li>The Global Kids Approach </li></ul>Teaching Social Issues through Digital Games
  6. 6. Who is Global Kids? <ul><li>20 year old youth development nonprofit </li></ul><ul><li>Impacts thousands of youth in NYC and beyond </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Online Leadership Program
  8. 8. How Global Kids Thinks about Digital Media <ul><li>Games: </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Worlds: </li></ul><ul><li>Social Media: </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networks: </li></ul>Mindless, violent Tools for Learning Full of weird avatars Empowering Youth Voice Distractions from studies Youth as Smart Creators & Consumers Dangerous, full of predators Supporting Communities of Practice
  9. 9. <ul><li>Global Kids “Playing 4 Keeps” </li></ul><ul><li>Program </li></ul>
  10. 11. The P4K Games
  11. 12. Ayiti: The Cost of Life
  12. 13. Consent!
  13. 14. Hurricane Katrina: Tempest in Crescent City
  14. 15. Our Impact <ul><li>Impact on Teen Game Creators </li></ul><ul><li>Impact on Game Players </li></ul>
  15. 16. Playing 4 Keeps Capacity Building
  16. 17. Conclusion <ul><li>Making socially relevant games is HARD </li></ul><ul><li>The rewards are worth it! </li></ul>
  17. 18. On the Web P T e Co s Re
  18. 19. Thanks! Rik Panganiban [email_address]