Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 To: "R.W. 'Buddy' Burniske" <>
From: (Creativity Cafe)
Subject: 1998 SIG/Tel Awards- ROSEN's Submission; KidCast For Peace

*** 1998 SIG/Tel Online Learning Awards Submission Form ***

Title of Project: "KidCast For Peace; Solutions For A Better World"
Author's Name: Peter H. Rosen
Name(s) of other contributing author(s):
School/Campus Name: Creativity Cafe; a "New School For the Next Millennium"
School/Campus Address: 2263 Sacrament St., #2, San Francisco, CA 94115 Country: USA
E-mail address:
Facsimile #: 808.879.2485
URL for Project website (if applicable):
Telephone Number (School/Campus): 415.776.0821
Telephone Number (Home - optional): 808.573.3943
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1. Title of Project: "KidCast For Peace; Solutions For A Better World"

2. Brief Summary of Project: This project is an opportunity for kids of all ages around the world, to meet in real and virtual space to share and discuss solutions to personal and planetary problems. Our first "KidCast For Peace" multicast was conceived for the Creativity Cafe(R) installation at the "Children's World Peace Festival," June 24, 1995. We have just completed our sixth KidCast; April 22, 1998. KidCast For Peace was selected to be featured as a community outreach project in the SigKids area of this Summer's Siggraph Convention in Orlando, Florida; and will take place July 22-23, 1998. The project is ongoing.

We invite teachers to discuss with kids, the personal and planetary ills of our time, problem solving, seeing from another's point of view, self-esteem, conflict resolution and exploration of other cultures' beliefs. This, in preparation for a CU-SeeMe videoconference inviting kids around the world to gather and share their ideas and feelings for how to make this a happier, healthier, safer and more peaceful world. Communication modalities include spoken word, art creation, poetry and writing, web site and VRML world building, interactive musical performances, chats and more.

The KidCast concept was devised to stimulate creative thinking, problem solving and art creation across a wide variety of economically, geographically and/or physically challenged children and youth, as well as those who are lucky enough to have access to computer technology at home, in school, or in other neighborhood Internet connected sites such as cyber cafes.

3. Objectives: To give children a sense of self esteem. To teach not only how to use traditional and digital art tools to express themselves, but how to make a lasting contribution to the unfoldment of a healthy and peaceful world. They will learn to see through another's eyes, and be exposed to many different cultures. The project will demonstrate kids creativity and make their voices heard; they are the leaders of tomorrow. This project gives them a loud voice; that they may help shape the world they will inherit.

4. Necessary Telecommunications Resources (Hardware/software) : A computer with CU-SeeMe software and a Connectix (or other) video camera, at least 28.8 KB modem connection to the Internet.

5. Role of Telecommunications/Telecollaboration in the Project: It is now possible to connect kids everywhere and overcome/erase boundaries of thought, race, color, religion, state and country lines. These artificial barriers to love and friendship are dissolved; providing a clearer and more honest world view and connection between a global community of kids; afforded by the use of today's technology.

6. Curriculum Area(s) Involved: Social studies, fine art, science, physics, computing, peace studies, expressive arts, personal growth, ecology.

7. Grade Levels/Age Groups Targeted: K-12 and youth

8. Planning Requirements & Procedures: A lead time of 3 months is recommended, however as little as a two week notice would enable preparation and participation. Procedures are spelled out online at:

9. Print Materials Needed: none

10. Class Management Strategies/Required Activities: Discussion of KidCast objectives, making fine art and Natural Musical Instruments for display, performance and documentation on a web site the kids construct. Attendance in our videoconference(s).

11. Suggested Class Time & Project Duration (# of weeks) : One month. Participation is dependent upon time zone coordination with other videoconference participants, arranged in advance (with drop-in possible). The KidCast Videoconference occurs at least three times yearly.

12. Method(s) for Evaluating Student Achievement of Objectives: If the class (kid at home, etc.) shows up on the CU-SeeMe reflector and interacts with the project moderator they have succeeded. If they are prepared with art, a web site built from this art, and/or have made and play natural musical instruments in our online gathering, they have also succeeded and are eligible to win software awarded from KidCast sponsors. Documentation grows and lives forever at:, where assessment of each KidCast is also reported (or linked to).

Reminder: Please submit your entry to the Online Learning Awards' coordinator, R.W. 'Buddy' Burniske before May 1, 1998. In the subject line of your email message type: "1998 SIG/Tel Awards - Your Last Name"
R.W. Burniske
Project Coordinator
Utopian Visions '98
University of Texas at Austin ================================================================

Submitted by:

Peter H. Rosen
Founder: Visionary Artists' Resources Including Other Unique Services
Founder and Executive Coordinator: Creativity Cafe;
2263 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94115 415.776.0821 (VOX/FAX)
Creativity Cafe; a "New School For the Next Millennium"
"Living Gallery" Artists Networking Salon <> Interactive Theatre <> CyberPlay Space
Facilitating The Expression Of Artists...Using Technology For Humanity
Express Yourself: "KidCast For Peace; Solutions For A Better World" CU-SeeMe, Interactive games & more