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Criminal & Civil Cases – Trial By Wire Videoconferences

Trial by Wire: Criminal allows several sites to try a murder case. This project entails research by the students and their participation in a videoconference. They will simulate a court trial (taken from an actual Missouri court case). A librarian from the St. Louis County Library acts as judge and helps students research. Three classes from different schools are required to participate. One will act as the prosecution, one will be the defense, and one will be the jury. Here is the criminal case program breakdown:

1. Prosecution presents their evidence and argument, then the Defense presents.

2. Both sides present their final arguments; jury is allowed to question the judge before deliberating. Judge instructs the jury as to their task and deliberations; jury deliberates & reaches a verdict.

3. Jury announces their verdict; jury explains their verdict. Judge makes a statement. Students ask additional questions and discuss their learning experiences.

Trial by Wire: Civil allows several sites to try an illegal entry/excessive force case. This project entails research by the students and their participation in a videoconference. They will simulate a court trial (taken from an actual Federal civil court case). A librarian from the St. Louis County Library acts as judge and helps students research. Three classes from different schools are required to participate. One will act as the plaintiff, one will be the defense, and one will be the jury. Here is the civil case program breakdown:

1. Plaintiff presents their evidence & argument, then Defense presents.

2. Both sides present their final arguments; jury is allowed to question the judge before deliberating. Judge instructs the jury as to their task and deliberations; jury deliberates & reaches a verdict.

3. Jury announces their verdict; jury explains their verdict. Judge makes a statement. Students ask additional questions and discuss their learning experiences.

Please contact CSD with your requested date & time. This fits best with a block scheduling high school, but it is not required. If you want your class to participate in either mock trial, or have questions about the program, contact Rebecca Morrison. The programs are free of charge; we prefer that schools be located in the St. Louis, Missouri metro area.

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Trial by Wire Videoconference: High School Mock Trial Project

New Links to New Learning‘s Trial by Wire allows several videoconference sites to try a murder case together. This project entails research by the students and their participation in a videoconference. They will simulate a court trial (taken from an actual state of Missouri court case). A librarian from the St. Louis County Library will act as judge and will help students research the case. Three classes from different schools are required to participate. One will act as the prosecution, one will be the defense, and one will be the jury. Here is the actual breakdown of the program:

1. Prosecution presents their evidence and argument, then Defense presents their evidence and argument.

2. Both sides present their final arguments; jury is allowed to question the judge before deliberating. Judge instructs the jury as to their task and deliberations; jury deliberates & reaches a verdict.

3. Jury announces their verdict; jury explains their verdict. Judge makes a statement. Students ask additional questions and discuss their learning experiences. (Depending on time, this may have to be done at a second videoconference or over email.)

Please call with your requested date & time. This fits best with a block scheduling high school, but it is not required. If you want your class participate in a mock trial, or have questions about the program, contact Rebecca Morrison at CSD: rmorrison@csd.org.

“Courting technology” – Trial By Wire in Suburban Journals

Cooperating School Districts‘ distance learning program, New Links to New Learning, offers many videoconference opportunities to K-12 schools. One program is with the St. Louis County LibraryTrial By Wire– and it was recently featured in the St. Louis Suburban Journals. The videoconferences, in which several Rockwood high schools participated in, took place at the end of February this year. To read the article, click here.

the verdict: a successful collaboration

St. Louis County Library's Paul Steensland

Today was New Links to New Learning‘s annual mock trial over videoconference, Trial By Wire. St. Louis County Library’s Paul Steensland acted as judge, and schools in New York and Texas connected. Each site had a role; in New York, they were the jury, and Texas had two participating schools- one was the defense and the other the prosecution. Though there were no witnesses, each side the trial beginspresented their case to the jury- who then deliberated over an open mic, so each side could hear the judgment process. At the end of the videoconference, Paul revealed the facts of the true case the students presented, including the real charge and verdict. My colleague Martha Bogart debriefed the participants also, asking about the preparation and presentation process. Thanks to all who made it happen- teachers, techs, bridges, librarians and coordinators!