Connecting the World Online

Digital Stories

A - Design and Innovation

Design and Innovation Instructions

Producer- Amalia B

Video Number: 1.a.1
Title- A Ring For Jimmy
Summary- Jimmy needs help with his project about Georgia. Will he make technology of the year 2052 work for him? Find out in this 1950s-style educational video of the 2050s!
Location- Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, USA
Outsourced Video Segment Producers- Gillian F. from WW, USA; Rawan Z. from QA, Qatar

Producer - Gillian F

Video Number: 1.a.2
Title: Treckster and the Lamp
Summary-Treckster is an explorer from the future. Follow her adventure as she searches for ways that people from the 21st century connect to the world online.
Location: Westwood Schools, USA
Outsourced Video Segment Producer: Amalia B. from LACHSA, USA

Producer - Rawan

Video Number: 1.a.84
Title: Connecting the World Online
Location: Qatar

B - Story and Empathy

Story and Empathy Instructions

Producers - TimothyB, KathleenB

Title: Connecting the world online with wikispaces
Video Number: 1.b.3
Summary: How to use wikispaces + an Interview
Location: Vienna International School

Producer - Nelson B

Video Number: 1.b.4
Title :Connecting the World is Too Much
Summary:Girl Gets confused with so many programs.
Location:Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
Outsource:Jayeta R from SAS in Shaghai

Producer - JayetaR

Video Number: 1.b.5
Title: How businessmen/women use internet today
Summary: A man in U.S.A. is using internet connection to reach his business partner in China, they talk about business. As close to real life as possible.
Location: American School in Shanghai (Pudong), China
Outsource :Nelson B from Los Angeles High School for the Arts

C - The Fun Factor (Play)

The Fun Factor (Play) Instructions

Producer- Anthony Chivetta

Video Number: 1.c.6
Title- What Happens When the World Goes Online?
Summary- A conversation with an educational leader.
Location- MICDS, St Louis MO
Outsourced Video Segment Producers- =Julie Lindsay-audio quote

Producer - Coley W

Video Number: 1.c.7
Title: Half A World Away
Summary - The video I created is about the many different ways people can stay in touch and communicate with each other to stay connected. Using the song "Half A World Away," illustrates how people everyday are making the world smaller and flatter by using technologies through audio, video,and mobility to communicate.
URL- Half A World Away
You Tube Hyperlink
Location - Westwood Schools, USA

Producer - Catherine F

Video Number: 1.c.8
Title: Living in an online world
Summary - Reflections on what it is to live in an online world
Location - PLC, Melbourne Australia


Modern global communication takes place first and foremost on the Internet. The Internet evolved from a number of private computer networks controlled by the US Department of Defense and educational institutions, such as APRANET (one of the first packet switching networks). Through network mergers, increased public access and in some cases commercialization, the internet evolved into the global network that exists today, linking hundreds of millions of people across the world.

The internet uses a layered approach to transmit data quickly and reliably. The highest layer (layer 7 of the OSI model) is called the Application Layer and is the layer that most users interact with. There are a number of popular applications that run in this layer including Email, Instant Messaging and Voice/Video communication, the web. The web (short for World Wide Web) is perhaps the best known "network" that runs on top of of the internet. It is a network of pages (including this one) and sites (collections of related pages from one main supplier) delivered using technologies like HTTP and HTML. Through advanced scripting techniques in web browsers (clients) the web has evolved into a rich medium capable of providing deeply interactive experiences allowing people to collaborate in new and novel ways. In his book, The World is Flat, Thomas L. Friedman describes the internet "as a seemingly magical virtual realm where individuals could post their digital content for everyone else to access."

Individual users of the internet gain a connection through 'last-mile' providers. Last-mile connections are classified as either narrowband or broadband based on the speed of the connection and there are a number of technologies that are used to power each type of the connection. Narrowband connections include dial-up and ISDN. They provide a slow, but low cost connection to the internet. More advanced broadband based methods of accessing the internet include Cable and DSL on the consumer side and leased-lines such as a T1 or OC-48 on the business end. There is currently development in the area of wireless internet using technologies such as WiMAX and HSDPA, but these services are still in their infancy.

Current News

One Laptop Per Child

One Laptop per Child (OLPC), founded by Nicholas Negroponte, is a US based, nonprofit organization created to provide children around the world with a laptop to explore, experiment, and express themselves. This project allows children to be connected to the world at all times. Even in places where electricity is not available, the laptops will be able to connect to the Internet by generators, solar panels, or even a hand crank which is part of the laptop. In order for the laptop to work, it is connected with others in a meshing system. This project focuses on learning, and encourages children to use their passion and curiosity for interactive learning by collaborating with the world.

Watch Nicholas Negroponte, founder of OLPC, as he speaks about his vision on TED Talks: Ideas Worth Sharing.

SOURCE: {Accessed on October 24, 2007)

Digital Divide

The digital divide is a main issue in today’s world. Simply put, the digital divide refers to the gap between those people with effective access to digital and information technology, and those without access to it.[1] The digital divide encroaches upon the education, experience, and opportunities of people around the world. People all over the world are communicating and trying to find ways to bridge the divide.
Countries, such as Malaysia, are building cyber cities through MSC Malaysia. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, on the reasons behind building the cyber cities: “This is to enable the people to enjoy the benefits of infrastructure and good quality ICT services”. His ideas of expanding the MSC are going to reduce the digital divide in that part of the world and will also help his people to find and succeed in today’s modern technological world: “In a modern high-tech world, ICT is the information stream. To succeed, ICT skills are now a requirement,” says Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.[2]
Bangladesh expressed its wish to collaborate with the world community to work towards closing the digital divide by increasing IT education in emergent countries. Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, Ismat Jahan, spoke while attending a United Nations event for the “One Laptop per Child” program, and she welcomed the OLPC for leading the way for the project.[3]
Both of these countries mentioned and many others are heading in a positive direction. Making the digital divide nonexistent will take time, but progress is being made. Every step taken towards complete global connectivity helps to build a bridge across the digital divide and a truly flat world.

Role in Political Affairs

Technologies used for the bridge the digital divide have played a pivotal role in the upcoming Australian Federal Election. Kevin Rudd, leader of the opposition party, recently unveiled a policy which would supply 2.3 billion dollars to working families to supply them with technologies which would encourage education (laptops, PCs, etc.). There are a several unresolved issues regarding the implementation of the proposition, mainly focusing on the high possibility of inflation. Other initiatives which the opposition has put on the table regarding connecting Australia to technology include a $4.7 billion investment scheme in broadband technologies; contrary to the government’s proposition of privatising broadband.,21985,22616454-661,00.html {Accessed on October 29, 2007)

Impact on Education

Sourov's Video, International School Dhaka

Connecting to the Internet in Bangladesh

Interviews: How has Internet connection developed?
  • Normal Internet Users
  • IT professionals

Education's Miracle

Internet hit the educational world like a miracle! It was a new way for the students to explore and share knowledge. The old method of searching information by looking through books and encyclopedia was finally considered to be backdated. The Internet is massive in size; the amount of knowledge that can be found is limitless, everyday it is growing with more and more information for the users to look at. It has become a new world and with new language, a world with destinations and addresses to travel to.

Research Engines

As the internet users increased for the purpose of education and research, new search engines were introduced to make life easier, like a yellow page with all the addresses to different websites. In earlier years, MSN and Yahoo were the search engines for internet users to find the website they wanted. In 2000, Google started to conquer the world, and today it is the top rated search engine in the world of Internet. Everyone from young children (under supervision), to adults, to seniors use search engines like Google to find information. Google does take some getting used to, and experience is helpful, so as to filter out the useless sites and select the ones which provide the desired information. Google offers many types of open source software, and a person with a Google account, which is free, has unlimited access to this software. Before Google, most students and teachers relied on books and encyclopedias. Now, when almost any piece of information is required, people will go to Google.

Google Search Engine offers:
+ probably many more to come...

Google Open Source Software
includes: Word Documents, Spreadsheets, and Presentations

Social Networks

One other big advantage students have with the connection of internet is that they are free to connect with their friends from anywhere around the world. Some of these social networks are the following:

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Social networks, when used correctly, create irreplaceable ways to connect and communicate with people all over the world. Being able to correspond to students, teachers, and peers in this way enables them to have a more well rounded and creative view of the 21st century world. This type of virtual communication is becoming increasingly important not only in schools, but also in business.

However, when used incorrectly, they can be very dangerous, especially in the hands of wrong-doers. Yes, although some internet relationships can lead to true love and a happy ending, some can be false, people pretending to be what they're not. We have all seen cases on the news of a psychopath befriending someone (most commonly teenage girls) under the pretense of being someone of similar age and often the same gender. They arrange to meet in person, and the kidnapper strikes. We don't know why they do it, but they do. This is one of the numerous reasons why we must always be careful on social networks. There are modern helpful ways to make sure you know who you're talking to. When joining any social website, put only the required personal information. Do not ever use your full name! Use your first or middle name or make up an alias that only your friends know. If a person wishes to meet you, request a LIVE web cam link.

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Impact on Employment

Business in the 21st Century

The invention of the Internet has greatly impacted business across the world. Secure and safe ways to send and receive data are significant and necessary in the world of business.

Old Methods:
  • Phone
  • Fax
  • Written Letter
These methods were used by most businesses to correspond with their customers.

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New Methods:
  • VOIP-Voice Over Internet Protocol
  • Skype
  • Vonage
  • Email
These new ways to communicate virtually greatly increase the efficiency of businesses around the world.

Having the access to the internet and the World Wide Web is continuing to revolutionize industry in our world. Take for instance, the agricultural industry. Satellite guided tractors and computer controlled chicken houses are just two of the many advances.

Today's business world is truly flat. People are able to collaborate with others from all over the world to do business (this project). In his book, The World Is Flat, Thomas Friedman, writes about businesses that are taking advantage of this flatness: "The companies that managed to survive and grow today are those that are most prepared to change. They are the ones that recognize-- faster than their competitors--everything new that the flattening of the world enables and everything new that it enjoins and are the first to develop strategies to exploit the new possibilities and to cope with the new requirements(Friedman, 441-442). Another important point deals with the small businesses versus mega companies. Because of the flatness that the internet creates, small businesses have equal opportunities. Friedman's Rule #3-How Companies Cope: "And the small shall act big..." (Friedman, 449). These smaller businesses are able to act "larger than life", and they can be quick to take advantage of these new tools to reach millions of consumers around the world.

However, this does not only influence business people. Coolcatteacher is a blogger from a small, rural town in Georgia, U.S.A. She started out blogging about education and how new technologies were affecting and influencing it. Today, coolcatteacher impacts many people around the world with her insightful writing about these and other topics. Comparing the blogger coolcatteacher to Friedman's Rule #3-How Companies Cope may be stretching the context, however, in a flat world as a blogger she can express her opinion on these topics, and reach and influence millions of readers every day.

Online Connection

The WWW and the internet were the first steps in on-line connection, but since then we have made many more. Tools such as instant messaging, Skype, video conference, and other forms of virtual communication allow people to conduct meetings and other business transactions over the Internet rather than face to face, eliminating lots of travel. Another tool that has greatly impacted business is wireless connectivity. This allows business to be done almost anywhere anytime. However, this tool relies strongly on mobile and ubiquitous computing.moz-screenshot.jpgmoz-screenshot-1.jpgmoz-screenshot-2.jpg Connection to the Internet has also done a great job of creating more jobs in other parts of the world. Due to outscourcing, that has been flattened greatly. Now when you call a customer support number you are probably talking to someone half way around the world.

Who would have ever thought that in the 21st century people would still be calling the world flat! Due to modern advancements in technology, business today is conducted in a truly flat world.

Works Cited

Digital Divide
[1] "Digital divide." 26 Nov 2007 <>.

[2] "MSC to be expanded." The Star Online. 26 Nov 2007. STAR. 26 Nov 2007 <>.

[3] Siddique Islam - AHN South Asia Correspondent, "Bangladesh Calls For Cooperation Of World Community In Closing The Digital Divide." All Headline News (AHN). 26 Nov 2007. 26 Nov 2007 <>.

Gillian F. from WW, USA -- Treckster and the Lamp
Picture Citations:

"Rocky Desert Landscape" slworking2, "Desert landscape." 19 Nov 2007. 19 Nov 2007 <>.

"Orange Genie Sky" cobalt123, "Apache Junction Sunrise Yellows." 19 Nov 2007. 19 Nov 2007 <>.

"Night/Flying Sky" Jackson, Brande. "Blue Desert." 19 Nov 2007. 19 Nov 2007 <>.

"Solitary Tree" "" 19 Nov 2007. 19 Nov 2007 <>.

Coley W. from WW,USA -- Half A World Away
Picture Citations:

"Kangaroo Background" "" 19 Nov 2007. <>.

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"Beach Background" "" 19 Nov 2007. <>.

"Underwater Background" "" 19 Nov 2007. <>.

"Park Background" "" 19 Nov 2007. <>.

"Taj Mahal Background" "" 19 Nov 2007. <>.

"Street Background" "" 19 Nov 2007. <>.

"Globe Picture" "" 19 Nov 2007. <>.

"Blackberry Picture" "" 19 Nov 2007. <>.

"Busy Street Background" "" 19 Nov 2007. <>.

"Paris Background" "" 19 Nov 2007. <>.

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2006 Editors:

Naimul S
Tyler F

2007 Editors

A - Rawan Z., Gillian F., Amalia B.
B - Kathleen, Timothy B., Jayeta R., Nelson
C - Coley W., Catherine F., Anthony C.