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ERIC Number: ED416438
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Instructional Applications of Internet Technology: Teacher Training in the Language and Literacy MOO.
McCallum, Richard D.; McGrath, Owen G.; Rusch, Jeffrey B.
Reading Online, 1998
This paper describes an application of MOOs (meeting places for role-playing on the Internet) in the Advanced Reading and Language Literacy Program (ARLLP) at the University of California, Berkeley, and considers how the project has changed thinking about technology and its role in teacher education programs. The paper describes an ongoing pilot project, begun in the Spring of 1996, which explores how new Internet-based communication environments like the World Wide Web and MOOs can be used to further the objectives of teacher education programs. The project centers around the creation in cyberspace of "Graceland Elementary School" and an open house where community members can visit rooms created by ARLLP students. These rooms reflect students' ideal literacy classrooms. The paper provides examples of the characters involved, the rooms themselves, and the actual dialogue during the open house. Other issues, including technical requirements and training, are also presented. The project convinced developers that the main focus of instruction in technology should be in terms of the Internet and applications such as MOOs, and that drill and practice software should play only a minor role in instruction. Contains 22 references. (RS)
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Internet, Language Arts, Program Descriptions, Role Playing, Teacher Education, Technology Integration
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.