For release November 13, 1997
Costa Rica Chooses Micromundos For A Country-Wide Purchase
MONTREAL -- Logo Computer Systems Inc. (LCSI) today announced that Costa Rica has purchased MicroMundos 2.0 for every school in Costa Rica. Each school will receive a MicroMundos site license (Spanish) and a MicroWorlds site license (English).
The purchase decision was made by the Minister of Education in Costa Rica with significant input from the Omar Dengo Foundation of Costa Rica.
"This is the second country-wide purchase that we've received from Costa Rica. In 1988, Costa Rica purchased LogoWriter Spanish for each of its schools as part of an ambitious project to "nurture the growth of a computer culture" in Costa Rica's school system. We are delighted that the Ministry recognizes that MicroWorlds is an essential tool to help students develop critical-thinking skills that will be needed to succeed in the twenty first century," said Michael A. Quinn, President at LCSI. "Furthermore, we believe that learning should not stop at the school door, therefore, LCSI will permit all teachers and students to continue to use the software at home."
As part of the agreement, LCSI will provide two weeks of staff development services to the teachers in Costa Rica.
MicroWorlds is the most advanced Logo ever. Its unique learning environment provides students with simple, yet powerful, commands and tools so that they can create impressive projects for any subject in the curriculum. And because MicroWorlds treats all types of digital media (video, pictures, sounds, buttons, etc.) as objects with a single name, it's easier to learn and use. MicroWorlds doesn't limit students to presentation-style multimedia projects. Its open-ended constructivist design ensures that the creation of a computer-based student project is not a "cutting and pasting" of digital media but a rigorous thinking exercise.
MicroWorlds 2.0 is now Internet ready. You can easily display your student's projects on the Web for viewing by other students and schools around the world. A "plug-in" for the Windows 95 versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator 2.5+ was released by LCSI at NECC 97 in Seattle. The new plug-in enables Internet surfers, who don't own MicroWorlds to experience the interactivity and very powerful animation capabilities of MicroWorlds 2.0 (Win 95). Any project created using MicroWorlds 2.0 (Win 95) may be viewed on the web using the plug-in. The plug-in is available for free downloading from LCSI's web site (http://www.lcsi.ca).
MicroWorlds is presently available in English, Spanish and Portuguese and will be available in additional languages in the near future.
LCSI, incorporated in 1980 and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, develops and markets a line of award-winning constructivist educational products, including the critically acclaimed, Logo-based MicroWorlds and the My Make Believe family of early learning software. Click here for ways to contact LCSI.
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