Wednesday, 25 February 2009
Virtual Worlds are becoming very popular in education. The offer a means of providing opportunities for students and teachers to move outside the of the classroom and pursue learning experiences that would be difficult or even impossible to manage in the traditional classroom. Virtual worlds allow students to take virtual field trips, meet up with students from other schools from around the world, and participate in virtual classrooms. Whyville is a virtual world, which is based on educational ideas, and is safe for our younger students to get around in.
The activities in Whyville are again educationally founded and include such things as recycling, sorting, construction and design. In order to chat with others in Whyville, students must first take an internet safety test. Students can earn clams(Whyville currency) by working or participating in games and activities and teachers are able to work with their classes in the virtual world.