Theresa Lang Student and Community Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th St., 2nd floor
Michael Foster (The American Museum of Natural History)
Barry Joseph (Global Kids, Inc.)
Anthony Negron (New York Hall of Science)
Daria Ng (Global Kids, Inc.)
In this workshop, Global Kids will provide an overview of several mobile digital tools and their educational affordances and potential for civic engagement. Innovative programs involving mobile technology will be highlighted including Global Kids and the NYPL's "NYC Haunts," where students created a location-based game on iPads to learn about local history and explore larger social issues. Another program involves the American Museum of Natural History's Urban Biodiversity Network, where students used Android smart phones that were connected to a badging system to investigate the impact of intense human developments on urban ecology. In a third program involving the New York Hall of Science, called "Pollution Patrol", students used handheld smart phones to research and report on local environmental conditions in their neighborhood, as a means of advocating for change. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to build a hands-on location-based mobile game in small groups, using the platform SVNGR and incorporating challenges, treks, and rewards.
Note: Workshop demonstration will work best if participants bring their own iPhones, iPod Touch, Android phones, or Ipads, with the free SVNGR application registered and pre-downloaded from www.scvngr.com