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Ride the Wave | March 24, 2010

Last night I was part of a Google Wave webinar. However, I was also tracking the results of the Veon court case on twitter. On top of that, I was text messaging a friend with the results of the court case while also IM-ing important pieces of information from the Google Wave webinar to Ben. Through it all I kept thinking the coverage of the Veon court case was a really spectacular use of new media. There were descriptions of the emotional environment in the room and peoples’ reactions as well as the verdicts. Even one of the people involved in the case tweeted when he was pronounced not guilty! I’m still trying to fully understand the impact of all these technologies and their uses on the world.

Laura

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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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