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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Your Help is Needed in Atlantis

Here is an online adventure game developed by the Indiana University School of Education supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, NASA, and Food Lion.

As the game explains "Your help is urgently needed on Atlantis. The Atlantian council is seeking your advice regarding important matters. On Atlantis, water and air are polluted, fish are dying, cities are decaying, people are sick." The game Quest Atlantis is "an international learning and teaching project that uses a 3D multi-user environment to immerse children, ages 9-15, in educational tasks." You can't play it on your own but if you are a teacher or involved in an after school project, you can gain access to the game.

Here are the core elements of the game from the web site:
The core elements of QA are 1) a 3-D multi-user virtual environment, 2) learning Quests and unit plans, 3) a storyline, presented through an introductory video, novel and comic book, that involves a mythical Council and a set of social commitments, and 4) a globally-distributed community of participants. The narrative helps to establish continuity among the QA elements and helps to bridge the fictional world of Atlantis with the real world of Earth, an act of interpretation by each individual child. Central to this narrative is a group of young activists, the Council, who communicate with participating children and help scaffold their activities.

Check out the Quest Atlantis web site for yourself.

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