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Affolding In Education - 2,053 words
... ating such authentic simulations appears to limit its capacity to accommodate this. Even more ill-structured academic areas such as History and Philosophy require a level of context, even if that context is the academic one requiring the implementation of a culturally specific methodology and use of language. It is here, perhaps, that a Social Constructivist approach may be particularly useful. It could be argued that the use of the Web is best suited to that of a communications medium for collaborative approaches to learning rather than as a "24 hour a day glorified whiteboard" (Archee & Duin, 1995). Such a use would involve a high level of social rather than physical interaction; an as ...
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Virtual Community - 477 words
In 1988, when everybody thought the only people who would use computers to communicate were adolescent boys with complexion problems, I witnessed some heart-touching acts of spontaneous support and charitypeople raising tens of thousands of dollars to help parents struggling with a sick child, shifts organized to sit and read to a dying comrade, and other instances where flesh-and-blood humans reached through the computer screens and changed each other's lives. I wrote on "Virtual Communities" for Whole Earth Review , and five years later published The Virtual Community . Since then, I've been involved in public discussions in person, in print, and online about whether a community can truly ...
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The Lost Of Physical Places - 802 words
In William Mitchells essay, he makes the distinction between virtual communities and site-specific communities. He describes what these cities are about and how they will benefit people. To me what makes these communities different is, virtual communities are communities in the web in which people that dont share the same interests can come together and talk. As of Site-specific communities, these are also communities in which people that share the same interests but more towards a members only type of environment. Along with these new innovations there will be tradeoffs to people who take advantage of these cities. To me virtual communities are like townhouse type of meeting, but its over t ...
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Ecommerce - 1,099 words
... mpany, or to a large corporation. No matter what business you they involved in, an on-line help feature is an extraordinary advantage to have. A potential source of trouble is customer concerns with privacy and security. Anything sent over the Internet is sent through several different computers before it reaches its destination. The concern regarding Internet security and privacy is that hackers can capture credit card or checking account data as it is transferred or break into computers that hold the same information. Security on the Internet is much like security for a home. There is a point when the effort outweighs the advantages. As with a home the owner will usually stop adding se ...
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Ecommerce - 1,262 words
... ny companies actually pride themselves on the fact that the online customer support is there to help them out. People expect to get a real person when they send mail. This can work to your advantage as a small start-up company, or when you are a large corporation. No matter what business you are involved in, an online-help feature is an extraordinary advantage to have. A potential source of trouble is customer concerns with privacy and security. Anything sent over the Internet is sent through several different computers before it reaches its destination. The concern regarding Internet security and privacy is that unscrupulous hackers can capture credit card or checking account data as it ...
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Virtual Reality Is More Than Reality - 576 words
The science of Virtual Reality has stated its presence in the media and now it is turning the eyes to see the new generation of games and 3D application. However, like the Art in the beginning of our modern society it needs to become much more matured than it has proven until now. The types of maturity that I want to talk about are the technology and its use. The technology that we have can be better used in the Virtual Reality fields, as well as the Virtual Reality can be better used as it is used today. In the old type of Virtual Reality, the scientist or the user was focusing more on the ideal image of the real world. Therefore, VR was more like a reflection of the real world or it was in ...
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The Virtual Home - 1,414 words
ter> Sam Vaknin's Psychology, Philosophy, Economics and Foreign Affairs Web Sites The family is the mainspring of support of every kind. It mobilizes psychological resources and alleviates emotional burdens. It allows for the sharing of tasks, provides material goods together with cognitive training. It is the prime socialization agent and encourages the absorption of information, most of it useful and adaptive. This division of labour between parents and children is vital both to development and to proper adaptation. The child must feel, in a functional family, that he can share his experiences without being defensive and that the feedback that he is likely to receive will be open and unbi ...
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Globalization - Winners And Losers - 1,055 words
... pendant on where masts are placed e.g they are not placed in the wilds of Africa or the Bush of Australia, and how many African villagers have internet access? McLuhen promotes the notion of the Global Village, an idea that has had a recent resurgence due to the new possibilities of the Internet. In fact AOLs current advertising campaign advertises their service (a huge US Internet Service Provider) as a Digital Community, a strikingly similar phrase. To use the notion of global and digital communities to sell a product suggests how popular the idea of the Global Village is and that widespread western belief in such a possibility exists. Howard Rheingold, a leading figure in WELL (Whole ...
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