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"The Council on Foundations and Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media are seeking submissions of films and videos for the council's 45th Annual Film and Video Festival, to be held April 29 – May 1, 2012, in Los Angeles.
"From a competitive field of more than 365,000 students nationwide, 16-year-old Youssef Biaz of Auburn, Alabama, won the title of 2011 Poetry Out Loud National Champion at the National Finals held in Washington, D.C., on Friday, April 29...
"Using the urban landscape of buildings, tunnels, and bridges, the Salvadori Center introduces teachers to the wonder, beauty, and logic of architecture and engineering, who then share it with their students....
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Interested in learning how nonprofits are using virtual worlds? Head over to Second Life tomorrow—Thursday, Nov. 12—for a roundtable discussion sponsored by digital youth leaders Global Kids.
Global Kids, the New York City-based nonprofit organization, is hosting a Roundtable on Virtual Worlds and Nonprofits on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 12-1:30 p.m. PST. The roundtable will take place on MacArthur Island in Second Life. Here’s the teleport link.
From Holy Meatballs, the Global Kids’ blog:
“Representatives of five leading nonprofit organizations will give brief presentations on their initial explorations of Second Life and other virtual worlds, and how they are thinking of integrating these virtual tools into their organizations’ respective missions. Afterward, there will be an open discussion about the applications of virtual worlds for various public good purposes. The event will close with a casual mixer / dance party!”
Who would want to miss that?
The event will feature presentations by organizations who have recently completed the Global Kids’ Virtual World Capacity Building Program, a four-week intensive exposure to virtual worlds for nonprofits.
Learn more at Holy Meatballs.
Need more evidence that playing online games is not a waste of time? An IBM VP says the time kids spend “raiding and leading guilds” in “World of Warcraft” can contribute to their professional marketability.
“When you think about what the teenagers are doing on ‘World of Warcraft,’ they are building worldwide virtual teams,” a vice president at IBM said in a recent “Frontline” interview. “Very sophisticated teams with very sophisticated skill levels in a very complex teaming environment. …That’s exactly what we try to do when we work with our colleagues in India and China.”
Constance Steinkuehler, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been making this very same argument in her work - that participating in these virtual communities can help kids learn how to collaborate, ask critical questions, make arguments, build social skills and even learn math.
The IBM interview is part of Frontline’s Digital Nation, an open-source PBS project that explores what it means to be human in a digital world. Scheduled for broadcast in winter 2010, the Digital Nation team has been posting rough cuts online. Watch great interviews with authors Henry Jenkins and James Paul Gee. In another video, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan talks about cell phones in the classroom.
Plus: More evidence kids are picking up skills online they’ll need to be competent citizens can be found in a book out this week from the Digital Youth Project. “Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out” reports on how young people are living and learning with new media and finds that through self-directed learning, young people are picking up the social and technical skills they need in the digital age. (Download the free online version [pdf].) Authors, including danah boyd and Mimi Ito, blogged about the project’s findings on Spotlight last year.
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