Bloomington has a growing awareness of how Web 2.0 can be used to create community, promote business, and share resources. With access to news still constrained by the timing of events, I think Twitter just showed it’s value as a catalyst for the spread of information … at least to those making use of the channel.
Even in the best of classrooms, decisions are severely constrained. You are assigned seats, follow a dictated schedule, work independently, talk at prescribed times, and compute known solutions. As class sizes grew, so did the level of control exercised by the teachers. Typical students lack the power to make decisions. This is not because they are not capable but because the teacher hasn’t first given up her power. Applied to interaction design, this issue of power affects both the user and the designer.