Sydney Papert, one of the creaters of the Logo programming language (back in 1967), also promoted a constructivist approach to teaching and learning, (going back ultimately to Dewey), wherein students built and explored tools for creating their own learning environments.


Likewise, simulations (like Oregon Trial) and online MOOs (like schMOOze U) offered the opportunity for creativity, exploration, and choice while learning--and conversation.


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(Many of these older simulations are now available online.)


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