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Quest Atlantis

Quest Atlantis (QA) is an international learning and teaching project that uses a 3D multi-user environment to immerse children, ages 9-16, in educational tasks. QA combines strategies used in the commercial gaming environment with lessons from educational research on learning and motivation. Participation in this game is designed to enhance the lives of children while helping them grow into knowledgeable, responsible, and empathetic adults.

Quotes from Students

“I like using Quest Atlantis because it teaches me how to stay focused and to do tasks in order.”
—Jennifer 5th Grade Student

“I know it was only a play world, but it like got me thinking about differently how I interact with friends and why school matters.”
—Jenny 6th Grade Student

Quotes from Teachers

“This is SOOOO user friendly!”
—4th Grade Teacher

“Quest Atlantis is not only teaching my students computer skills, but it is also giving them the much needed Reading skills that will help them in their daily schoolwork and state standardized tests. After reviewing the program myself, I knew that my students would enjoy going to the lab and working to complete the missions. Completing missions has changed many of my student’s attitudes in the classroom when it comes to completing daily work on time. Just as with Quest Atlantis, they must complete a task in order to move on to the next mission. Quest Atlantis is also sharpening my student’s higher thinking skills as well. With this program, they have to think “outside the box” and put themselves into real world situations.”
—7th Grade Teacher

This sounds like a fantastic tool.

Take a look.

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Written by sammi

September 20, 2010 at 9:49 am

Research into using Myst in the Classroom

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Tim RylandsThe guru on using Myst in the classroom is Tim Rylands.  Take a look at his website for all the information you need.

The game is available for Nintendo DS, but the reviewers say it is not good.  The way forward is on a PC or a PlayStation. 

Don’t just take my word for it, take a look at Tom Barrett’s blog Tom Barret

Also Mark Warner’s blogMark Warner

Tim sits operating the PC within his audience (class), then they collaborate on the moves they make.  See below for the required specs:

Myst 3Myst III  Minimum System Requirements

    * Operating System: Windows® 95/98/ME (only)

    * Processor: 233 MHz Pentium® II or 300 MHz K6-2  or faster

    * RAM: 64 MB RAM

    * Video Card: 8 MB DirectX® 8-compatible video card (3D

       acceleration optional)

    * Sound Card: DirectX 8-compatible sound card

    * CD-ROM: 4X CD-ROM drive or faster (not recommended for use

       with CD-RWs)

    * Hard Drive Space: 250 MB available hard drive space

    * Supports 32-bit color

Myst 4Specs required to run Myst 4

Myst 4 Revelation Minimum System Requirements
Operating System: Windows 98/2000/Me/XP (only)
Processor: 700 MHz Pentium III or AMD Athlon or better (Pentium 4 recommended)
RAM: 128 MB RAM (256 MB recommended)(256 MB required for XP)
Video Card: 32 MB DirectX 9-compliant video card (64 MB recommended)(see supported list*)
Sound Card: DirectX 9-compliant sound card
DirectX: DirectX 9.0 (included on disc)
DVD: 4x DVD or faster
Hard Drive Space: 3 GB free (for minimal install) 8 GB free (for full install)

*Supported Video Cards at time of release

* ATI Radeon 7000 to 9800 or better
* NVIDIA GeForce 1/2/3/4/FX families
* Matrox Parhelia (PC only)
* Intel i865G to i915G

Laptop models of these cards not fully supported. These chipsets are the only ones that will run this game.

This Myst forum show a discussion of which Myst games are Windows 2007 compatible.

Sheffield West City Learning CentreSheffield West City Learning Centre recently developed a teaching pack for primary schools that can be downloaded for free; I have saved a copy of this in the ICT Resources area (in the Cross-Curricular ICT folder). This is fab and appears to have everything at hand.

Written by sammi

April 20, 2010 at 9:04 am