The MediaMOO Project Constructionism and Professional Community
|Person A: Can you tell me how to get to Ballroom A?|
|Person B: I'm headed that way now. It's up this way.|
|Person A: Thanks!|
|Person B: I see you're at Company X. . . .|
|Person C: Is this seat taken?|
|Person D: No, it isn't.|
|Person C: I'm surprised the room is so packed.|
|Person D: Well, Y is a really good speaker. . . .|
A text-based virtual environment can provide both a shared place (the virtual world) and a shared set of activities (exploring and extending the virtual world). As at a conference coffee break, there is a social convention that it is appropriate to strike up a conversation with strangers simply based on their name tags. On
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Publication information: Book title: Constructionism in Practice:Designing, Thinking, and Learning in a Digital World. Contributors: Yasmin Kafai - Editor, Mitchel Resnick - Editor. Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Place of publication: Mahwah, NJ. Publication year: 1996. Page number: 207.
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