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Using Web-based Multimedia Narrative and Simulations to Teach about Drugs of Abuse PROCEEDINGS

, , , Rice University, United States

AACE Award

EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, in Lugano, Switzerland ISBN 978-1-880094-53-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Abstract

The web adventure series, THE RECONSTRUCTORS® was created in a comic book style using Macromedia FLASH to teach middle school students about the neurobiology and history of two classes of drugs, opiates and club drugs. The web-based approach is grounded in cognitive theories of learning and presents the latest scientific research about these drugs focusing on a central mystery for the player to solve. Within each episodic adventure, manipulation of objects and virtual experiments allow the player to become involved in the solving the mystery. The web site (http://reconstructors.rice.edu) is part of a project funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Citation

Miller, L., Moreno, J. & Mayes, J. (2004). Using Web-based Multimedia Narrative and Simulations to Teach about Drugs of Abuse. In L. Cantoni & C. McLoughlin (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2004 (pp. 3959-3961). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

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