ERIC Number: ED349955
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Integrating Technology Usage across the Curriculum through Educational Adventure Games.
Ritchie, Donn; Dodge, Bernard
The reopening of a middle school in San Diego, California, provided a testing ground for a unique collaborative effort between the school faculty, a university department, and Apple Computer Corporation. The desire to infuse technology and cultural awareness across the curriculum led to the development of an interactive "microworld" game template for student projects. The 12-week interdisciplinary project provided teachers the opportunity to learn more about the potential of educational technology, enhanced their collaborative teaching efforts, and motivated their students toward excelling in the learning process. In addition, the project provided students the opportunity to develop computer-based simulations which fostered team work, improved their subject matter skills across the curriculum, and increased their knowledge of the role culture plays in society. Topics highlighted in the report include: integrating technology throughout the curriculum; teacher training; the interdisciplinary approach; cooperative learning; cultural scenarios; the microworld template; and the findings of a summative evaluation of the project. Two figures illustrate the user and developer modes of the template. (Author/ALF)
Descriptors: Computer Games, Computer Simulation, Computer Software Development, Educational Technology, Hypermedia, Interdisciplinary Approach, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Material Development, Microcomputers, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Student Projects, Transfer of Training
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Adventure Games; Apple Macintosh; HyperCard; Microworlds
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Technology and Teacher Education (Houston, TX, March 12-15, 1992).