Educational Virtual Worlds for Tweens

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Using examples from Quest Atlantis and Secret Builders, the characteristics of virtual learning environments (VLE) for 8 to 13 year olds are described.

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Educational Virtual Worlds for Tweens

  1. Educational Virtual Worlds for Tweens 8 to 13 year olds Quest Atlantis Secret Builders
  2. http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9783551-7.html <ul><li>In 2008, researchers predict that 12 million kids will visit virtual worlds at least once a month, and by 2011, more than half of the audience of kids online will be residents of a simulated environment of animals and avatars, </li></ul>
  3. Design: What Kids Want <ul><li>Customizable Avatars & User Profiles </li></ul><ul><li>Customizable Home Area </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to Socialize with Other Users </li></ul><ul><li>In-World Economy </li></ul><ul><li>Different Worlds to Visit and Explore </li></ul><ul><li>Fantasy Adventures - Quests </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to Gain Status </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to Teach One Another </li></ul><ul><li>Safe Environment Opportunity to Build </li></ul><ul><li>Artistic Expression </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Supervision and Review </li></ul>
  4. Customizable Avatars Quest Atlantis
  5. Personal Identity through Avatar Customization Secret Builders
  6. User Profile Secret Builders
  7. User Profile Quest Atlantis
  8. A Customizable Home Area Secret Builders
  9. Buddy Lists Secret Builders
  10. Buddy Lists Quest Atlantis
  11. Chat Options Secret Builders
  12. Chat Requests Quest Atlantis
  13. Chat Requests Secret Builders
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  15. In World Money and Economy Quest Atlantis
  16. In World Money and Economy Quest Atlantis
  17. In World Money and Economy Secret Builders
  18. Ability to Visit Different Worlds Secret Builders
  19. Secret Builders
  20. <ul><li>Quest Atlantis </li></ul>
  21. Secret Builders
  22. Secret Builders
  23. Secret Builders
  24. Quests Quest Atlantis
  25. Ability to Gain In World Status Quest Atlantis
  26. Peer-to-Peer Learning Quest Atlantis
  27. Safe Environment Secret Builders
  28. Safe Environment Quest Atlantis
  29. Creative Expression Secret Builders
  30. Creative Expression Secret Builders
  31. Ability to Build Secret Builders
  32. Secret Builders
  33. Ability to Build Quest Atlantis
  34. Teacher Toolkit Quest Atlantis
  35. Extras: Social Case
  36. Extras
  37. Extras
  38. Extras: Games

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