is a network of Web kiosks installed in locations
in Manhattan which are accessible to the public. At each kiosk, users
can browse the Web, make instantaneous contact with other sites using
Web Video, and engage in collaborative creative action using the
shared whiteboard. The ParkBench interface
guides users to
community and cultural information.
will be child- and
wheelchair-accessible, and will be equipped with a canopy to protect
and user from the elements.
ASHS on ParkBench
We are collaborating with ASHS (Auxiliary Services for High
Schools) of the New York City Board of Education to install
kiosks at eight sites distributed throughout the five boroughs.
Students will use the network to communicate with one another, create
collaborative projects (including a newsletter); students will act as
hosts at the public kiosk sites, introducing new users to the technology,
while showing their work.