CivicsLab

Health Care Class | March 24, 2010


This morning I was late to a class where we are learning how to use Adobe After Effects. After sitting down, I quickly realized that I wasn’t going to catch up during class, so I signed on to twitter (shhh don’t tell). The first thing I saw was the White House’s tweet saying that they were about to live stream the President signing the health care bill. I looked around, realized the TA wouldn’t notice, muted the computer and clicked the link that the White House had sent out. There I sat for the next twenty minutes watching this historic moment live from a computer in class. “Who is the little kid standing next to Obama?”, I tweeted. A friend quickly tweeted back, “The little boy at the signing lost his mother to cancer I believe. She couldn’t afford health insurance and/or got denied”. It occurred to me that I witnessed history by clicking my mouse a couple of times.




Peace.

-Laura Staniland-

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Focusing on the Southwestern Pennsylvania region, CivicsLab puts elementary and middle school students in virtual control of decision-making in their communities to encourage civic participation, critical thinking, and sense of place. In CivicsLab, players will assume positions of power in the community from an urban, suburban or rural perspective and explore how decisions-based on social need and demand, proper planning (as defined by our civic experts), political pressure, and most importantly, their imaginations-might impact the community. Through manipulation of real mapping information and current data sets, students navigate social and political pressures to explore the cause and effect of civic investment and public policy as they attempt to create a sustainable future for their region.

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