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For the last three weeks I've been participating in the Virtual Worlds Capacity Building Program organized by Global Kids, an amazing organization in New York. The Edge Project is part of Global Kids recent support from the MacArthur Foundation to expand the capacity of civic and cultural institutions to use new media as innovative educational platforms that engage youth in learning and promote youth civic participation. More specifically, the Edge Project is interested in civic and cultural institutions bringing cutting edge digital media into their youth educational programs. It is equally interested in where this type of programming - due to technology, its pedagogical implications or both - is a disruptive force challenging the educators and/or the institutional cultural to work on the edge of their comfort level.
We've been exploring many virtual environments, but primarily second life and next week I have to give a presentation! I'm a little nervous but at least I have a great avatar thanks to a wonderful friend, mentor and veteran in second life Patrick Lichty. Patrick is currently an honorary resident at Eyebeam working in second life.