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(CNN Student News) -- January 20, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

In what ways could you use social networking sites to connect audiences to a news story? Why might news organizations want to do this?

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Haiti Earthquake Aftermath

What is the status of the situation in Haiti after last week's deadly earthquake?

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What do you think might be the process for distributing aid that has been dropped from an airplane? What do you think might be the potential benefits and drawbacks of these types of airdrops?

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Social Media Impact

What is crowdsourcing? According to the program, what are some ways that crowdsourcing has been used in the aftermath of Haiti's earthquake?

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Can you think of other ways to use crowdsourcing technologies for a particular purpose? Explain.

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Race to the Top

What is the goal of President Barack Obama's "Race to the Top" program? How is the program expected to work? What concerns have critics raised about this program?

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In your opinion, what role, if any, should the federal government play in state and local school district education policies?

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Flying Solar

According to its pilot, what is the purpose of the solar plane featured in the report? What are some of the design features of this plane? In what ways do you think that these features may help the plane to fly without fuel?

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What do you think might be the advantages and disadvantages of flying a solar plane versus flying a plane that runs on fuel?

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