Magazine article Technology & Learning

MayaQuest Adds New Dimension to Online Travel

Magazine article Technology & Learning

MayaQuest Adds New Dimension to Online Travel

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Research expeditions have long used electronic communications to send reports to students during the course of an exploration. But when the MayaQuest project begins next month, participating students will do more than just receive field reports--they will use the information highway to be participants in the expedition. Their input and involvement in the expedition will also held to guide the development of a new CD-ROM-based multimedia software package based on the project.

MayaQuest is a joint effort led by MECC, Classroom PRODIGY, and Earthtreks, Inc. Earthtreks president Dan Buettner will head the MayaQuest expedition, which comprises a three-month bicycle trek (beginning in February) through Guatemala, Mexico, Belize, and Honduras. Using Classroom PRODIGY, students will "vote" on which sites expedition members will explore, which Mayan experts they'll visit, and which artifacts to study. Each week participating students will be given research assignments as they examine various theories about the collapse of the Mayan civilization. (If you have Classroom PRODIGY, JUMP MAYAQUEST to learn how to join the expedition. If not, call (800)-PRODIGY x 176 for more information on accessing the PRODIGY service. …

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