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ERIC Number: ED393497
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Virtual Space Learning MariMUSE: Connecting Learners from Kindergarten to 99.
Hughes, Billie; And Others
The Multi-User Simulation Environment (MUSE) software is designed to motivate students across many age levels to engage in reading, writing, problem-solving, and collaborative and creative projects. MUSE software provides a text-based, virtual world on computers connected to a network, allowing synchronous and asynchronous communication among users. In Arizona, Phoenix College and Longview Elementary School have utilized MUSE software to create the Maricopa MUSE (MariMUSE) program, a virtual school designed to serve learners from kindergarten to the adult level and specifically focused on increasing the number of inner-city children moving through the educational pipeline toward a college education. In fall 1993, the college offered two classes through MariMUSE: a computer science class focusing on Internet skills and computer programming in the MUSE and an integrated studies class which did not expect students to develop extensive computer skills. In addition, an initial summer camp to introduce the elementary school children to MariMUSE was developed jointly by school and college faculty. The participating children showed tremendous enthusiasm for the program, developing research skills, creativity, writing skills, and goal setting and decision-making processes beyond teachers' expectations. A discussion of the equipment utilized is included. A description of MariMUSE and a proposal for a science-based MUSE program are appended. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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