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ERIC Number: ED318395
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jun-21
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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The Vitrine 2001: The Future of Educational Computing?
Winer, Laura R.
This paper describes the Vitrine 2001, a dynamic multi-machine, multi-software computer-based learning environment which, through its emphasis on problem solving and process learning, takes the learner's interests, competencies, strengths, and weaknesses as its starting point. It is noted that the goal of the project is to undertake research oriented more towards learning than teaching, in a context where children's choices and their approaches are respected as much as possible. Responses are given to four of the most common questions asked about the project: (1) Why do you have a multi-machine, multi-software environment? (2) How do the children influence the changes that are made to the Vitrine? (3) How is it possible to manage different projects of many children at the same time? and (4) What type of learning does such an environment encourage? Three challenges for the future of the project are outlined. The paper concludes on a cautionary note, conscious of both the progress that the project has achieved to date through its work with three groups of students (a grade two class from a multi-ethnic and multilingual inner-city neighborhood, a combined fourth and fifth grade class from an upper middle-class francophone neighborhood, and a group of 10 adolescents with serious learning and psychological problems from a provincial health care center) and of the challenges to be faced in the future. (GL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada