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A new form of global communication will be released to the IUP campus by January 2006 allowing students to exchange text, audio, video, animation, simulations, and still images with one another.

Created by a group of students in the Communications Media Department, known as iLabs, under the direction of Dr. Allen Partridge (Communications Media professor and Applied Media and Simulation Games Center director), Gidget is a multipurpose program designed to function as an interactive desktop application that can run as a computer screensaver. In its completion, the program will be accessible to students, professors, and administrators campuswide.

“The program will provide a means for students to broadcast radio and television productions, news articles and features, streams of alternative news and information from sources around the world,” said Partridge.

Gidget will allow students to access news updates from The Penn, stream audio and video programs from WIUP-FM and WIUP-TV, and be notified when major campus news is released. The program will include a posting wall where the IUP campus can display comments and interact with one another on line, allow students to display writing and artwork, and permit students to create an on-line profile viewable to others accessing Gidget.

Through RSS feeds, (Really Simple Syndication, on-line news stories and headlines provided by various news outlets around the world) Gidget will host additional website links, allowing students easy access to updated news and entertainment.

“This project has been a strong part of the center’s vision since its inception,” said Partridge.

iLabs will be able to complete the project with the assistance of a $500 grant received through the Applied Media and Simulation Games Center. This will aid in the purchases of necessary development software, digital camera usage, the printing of materials, and other miscellaneous expenses throughout its production.

While Gidget is still in its creation and design phase, the application is expected to be released in its early stage on computers within IUP’s College of Education and Educational Technology by January 2006. If a success, it will be accessible on computers campuswide.

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