Connecting People via the Network

Connecting People via the network from Horizon 2008teams page


external image freedomfromwarlogo.jpg“Connecting People via the Network” is the means by which you connect with people around the world. CPN is the metatrend that is highlighted throughout this page. This metatrend is a trend that you see and use in your everyday life. It consists of four major impact areas, or subgroups, which are 1) Education, 2) Government, Politics and Employment, 3) Arts, Entertainment and Leisure, 4) Science, Environment, and Health. At the moment, social networking and online entertainment must be the largest subgroup that falls under the umbrella of this metatrend, as people use the internet nowadays to socialize with their friends, meet other people online, play online flash games, watch movies, and listen to music. Social networking also enables you to connect and socialize with your friends and family.external image connecting-people.jpg It also allows you to talk to and socialize with people that you don't know from different areas of the world. Social networking is a very powerful tool as it makes our world smaller and smaller each day by bringing people closer and closer together. However, the other subgroups are also starting to become more common as they are increasingly used in schools, workplaces and governmental institutes. Some examples of connecting people via the network are: MySpace, Facebook, Ning, Wikispaces, and Webkinz.
Those of us collaborating on the Horizon Project, including general readers, are obviously not confronted with the obstacle of being unable to connect to the network, which in this case is the internet itself. However, there are still a surmounting amount of people who find themselves unable to get connected and therefore at a disadvantage in terms of the amount of social and other educational content they are denied access to. Thus it is the focus of this wiki to explore the efforts made in developing new technologies to connect more people to the network and the resulting effects on our four areas of impact. Two examples of such technologies include OLPC's (One laptop per child) $100 laptop, mesh networking, and utilizing "white spaces".

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Title - IT Video - CPN
Video Number - 11.PM
Author - Karim, Qatar 2008
Contributors - (interviewees in video): Julie Lindsay, Sumam Azzam, Kira Bray, Nurse Jane.
Alternate link to video: Ning

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Title -Connecting People via the Network
Video Number - 11.APM
Author - Kaitlyn H. United States 2008
Alternate link to video: CPN

Areas of Impact


CPN Education wiki
These days, it is a must to know how to use the internet and connect using the network. In order to do that, elementary teachers are starting to teach kids at a younger ages now. They are teaching their kids how to type correctly, and the basics of how to use a computer. They are also making their kids get this thing called, Webkins. Webkins is a game, but it also can be used educationally. During high school, kids know a lot about the internet. They even know more than adults. Most kids could tell you everything about the network, how to use it, and what to stay away from. Most teachers in high school are making their students blog and using wiki pages. A blog is a website, usually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. A wiki software that allows registered users or anyone to collaboratively create, edit, link, and organize the content of a website, usually for reference material. Teachers are also using Ning to communicate with kids all over the world to do projects. A lot of kids these days use the network on their own now. They are joining websites like MySpace, Facebook, and E-mail. College teachers are teaching their kids how to use Face book. Face book is just an online social networking system. It is very useful to college students.
This picture shows how many people our online, and have internet access at their home.


Title - Connecting People Via The Network/Impact on Education
Video Number - 11.A.1
Author - Ren S. United States 2008
Contributor(s) Ren S. United States 2008, Jamie C. United States 2008
Alternative link to video -
YouTube, Ning

Title -Connecting People via the Network
Video Number - 11.A.2
Author - Kristi W.(WHS), USA
Alternative Link - NIng

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Title -Connecting People via the Network
Video Number - 11.A.3
Author - Yasaka, KGHS
Alternative Link - Ning, You Tube

Government, Politics and Employment

CPN Gov/Pol/Employ wiki
Businesses and world wide companies are booming these days. Many different companies have different headquarters based in all different regions and parts of the world. Usually, when a large company that has different offices in different regions of the world wants to hold a meeting, people would fly in and the meeting would take place. However, what happens if an emergency meeting needs to take place and there isn't booking available for everyone to come? Well, that is when the metatrend of Connecting People via the Network is used. One way of solving a situation like this would be to hold a confrence call with all the members on the phone. But since this metatrend has to do with the network, and how people use the network, the way to solve this would be by holding a video conference. This is known as videoconferencing. Officially, "A videoconference is a set of interactive telecommunication technologies whi President George W. Bush conducted a video tele-conference at Offutt Air Force Base. Videoconferencing has also allowed testimony to be used for individuals who are not able to attend the physical legal settings. In a military investigation in North Carolina, Afghan witnesses have testified using videoconferencing.
Allow two or more locations to interact via two-way video and audio transmissions simultaneously. It has also been called visual collaboration and is a type of groupware. It differs from videophone in that it is designed to serve a conference rather than individuals." Videoconferencing enables different people from different parts of the world to connect together using the network and thus the network is yet again bringing the world closer together and making everyone seem like they are all in the same place. This concept is not only used in businesses and employment offices only, but also in governements. For example,
George W. Bush conducted a video conference at the Offutt Air Force Base. Videoconferencing has allowed testimony to be used for individuals who are not able to attend the physical legal settings. In a military investigation in North Carolina, Afghan witnesses have testified using videoconferencing.

President George W. Bush holding the video conference.
President George W. Bush holding the video conference.


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Title: Movie itgs
Video number: 11.B.1
Author: Jassim AA
Alternative link to video: Ning

Arts, Entertainment and Leisure

CPN Arts/Ent/Leisure wiki
Mostly everyone in the young generation these days has a Facebook or MySpace account. Facebookand MySpace are social networking websites. They are utilities that help you, as a user, connect with your friends and family. It also enables you to connect with the people around you, and thus, connect with the world. However, social networking is not the only thing that falls under this subgroup. Still though, social networking still intercepts with mostly everything in this subgroup. For example, when people play online games for entertainment, they can talk to their friends or to other online players and thus they are socializing and connecting with the other people around them. Another example would be photo sharing websites, like Flickr, where you upload artistic pictures that you take to show to the whole world. On Flickr, people can leave comments about your photos, and you can respond back. Thus, you are talking with them using the Internet and thus you connecting with them. The same applies with Youtube. On Youtube, you upload videos that people can watch to entertain themselves and the people around them. And coincidentally enough, you can leave comments about the video you are watching and the person who uploaded it can respond back and so both parties are connecting with each other no matter who they are and where they live.
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Title - Connecting People Via The Network/ Arts, Entertainment and Leisure
Video Number - 11.C.1
Author - Jassim AJ, Qatar 2008
Alternative link to video - Ning

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Title- How do you Connect to People via the Network
Video Number-11.C.2
Author- Desiree M. BSGE 2008
Contributor(s)- Desiree M, Argemira F, Josh Z, Malorie M
All images provided by flickr (in order of appearance)- "Purple People Bridge" uploaded by Jabzg, "Facebook" uploaded by sitmonkeysupreme, 'Friendly Little Guy" uploaded by Thomas Hawk, ""Web 2.0 Logos, Terinea social networks" uploaded by terinea, "Our Direction" uploaded by B Tal, "AT&T BlackBerry Curve 8300 vs T-MObile Sidekick 3 size comparison" uploaded by Dan H, "Microchip e microciop" uploaded by fabrizio.
Music by: The Beatles "Come Together", Maroon 5 "Can't Stop" and Architecture in Helsinki "One Heavy February"-credited under educational fair use
Citations: Information about Facebook and Skype provided by Facebook Statistics and Statistics about Skype .
Alternative Link to video- Ning
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Title- How do you Connect to People via the Network-Downloading from the Internet
Video Number-11.C.3
Author- Lubomir L. VIS 2008
Contributor(s)- Michael M VIS
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Science, Environment, and Health

CPN Science/Env/Health wiki
Like in Government, Politics and Employment, videoconferencing is also a very powerful tool that is used in this subgroup.
Videoconferencing is a very useful technology for telemedicince and telenursing applications, such as diagnosis, consulting, transmission of medical images, etc., in real time in countries where this is legal. Using VTC, patients may contact nurses and physicians in emergency or routine situations, physicians and other paramedical professionals can discuss cases across large distances. Rural areas can use this technology for diagnostic purposes, thus saving lives and making more efficient use of health care money. Special peripherals such as microscopes fitted with digital cameras, videoendscopes, medical ultrasound imaging devices, etc., can be used in conjunction with VTC equipment to transmit data about a patient.
The use of video conferences also impacts on the environment is a positive way. The use of video conferences decreases from the amount of CO2 emissions that are given off by airplanes and cars when people need to travel in order to attend a meeting or go to a doctor's appointment. Since CO2 emissions are being reduced, the problem of Global Warming decreases and the world becomes a better place to live in. Not only that, but the reduction of these emissions also creates a better environment for us, as it makes us have clearer air that is fresh and healthier to breathe. Thus, as it is seen, the use of videoconferencing helps us save the environment and lead on better lives in good shape.

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Title - Connecting People Vi a The Network/ Science, Environment, and Health
Video Number - 11.D.1
Author - Kae F., Japan, 2008
Alternative link to video - YouTube

Team Members

Project Manager: Karim J.(QA Gr 10)
Assistant Project Manager: Kaitlyn H. (7WHS Gr10)
Education: Elena B. (ASB), Kristi W (7WHS Gr10), Yasaka L (KGHS 3Yr), Ren S (GHS)
Government Politics and Employment: Andrea M. (ASB), Emily W. (GBA), Jack P (SJC Yr 10) Jasssim AA(QA GR11)
Arts, Entertainment and Leisure: Kate K. (GBA), Eliot M. (ASB), Lubomir L (VIS), Desiree M. (BSGE, Gr11)
Science, Environment and Health: Leire S. (ASB), Kae F (KGHS 2Yr), Eli K (GBA), Sandra P. (PLC)
Editor: Karim J.


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