Parsons Badges: Urban Jam

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Hive Digital Media Learning Fund Awards Grant to Parsons Badges for Youth Summer Program
The Parsons GeoSpatial Design Lab (SDS) and the Urban Programs (BS Urban Design / BA Urban Studies) at The New School, in partnership with Parsons SPACE and The New School Office of Admission, are pleased to announce that they have received a $7,000 HIVE Digital Media Learning Fund matching grant. The grant will support their collaborative proposal to develop and implement a Parsons Badges for Youth program this summer, May–October 2012.
Parsons Badges for Youth is a pilot program designed to help high school students navigate the increasingly informal and digital educational experiences that form our contemporary urban curriculum. Through location-specific projects, quests, and games, the program’s digital learning strategy features curricular themes that focus on place-based inquiry, engaging youth who lack a clear path into the exploration of creative technology and urban design. Students will learn to make sense of the information layers streaming through everyday urban environments, allowing them to benefit from their hours both online and outside. This approach plays off youths’ own “turf” expertise to draw attention to additional, unnoticed aspects of their everyday environment while introducing new attitudes, concepts, and skills.
Modeled as a hybrid after-school program / independent detective agency, this summer’s pilot will offer a series of summer workshops and fall after-school events hosted by Parsons, merging online interactions and in-person attendance. A key component of the project is its implementation of Mozilla’s OpenBadges platform, which was developed to give value to distributed and digital learning experiences that may not be recognized in traditional school contexts. Parsons Badges for Youth will use this emerging technology to award Parsons-curated badges to participating high school students in recognition of the experiences and skills they gain through the program.
Parsons Badges for Youth / Hive Digital Media Learning Fund
Parsons GeoSpatial Design Lab (Ed Keller [SDS] and Liz Barry, working with Leif Percifield [AMT] and Phil Silva [Lang])
The New School Urban Programs (BS Urban Design BS / BA Urban Studies: Victoria Marshall, Scott Salmon)
SPACE (Summer, Pre-college Academy, Continuing Education: Anne Gaines)
The New School Office of Admission (Chris Ferguson)
HIVE Network
About Hive Digital Media Learning Fund and Hive Learning Network NYC
In December 2010, The New York Community Trust joined with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to create Hive Digital Media Learning Fund to promote adolescents’ learning anytime, anywhere through digital media. With additional contributions from the Joan Ganz Cooney Fund in The New York Community Trust, $1.525 million has been raised for grants this year. The Fund is governed by an advisory committee comprising representatives of its major donors, including the MacArthur Foundation’s director of education and Kerry McCarthy, arts program officer at The Trust and the commissioner of the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs. To foster collaboration and information sharing, all grantees become part of Hive Learning Network NYC, a project of the Mozilla Foundation.
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