SOCIAL MEDIA SKILLS AND GLOBAL FRIENDSHIPS
IN A SAFE, ONLINE ENVIRONMENT
This unique solution opens up a safe environment
where young students can safely learn critical digital
skills and etiquette under their teacher’s guidance,
as part of any subject.
Petra's Planet for Schools helps children learn how to
relate to others through the virtual environments
that are such a key aspect part of modern life. It also
ensures that the most important social skills for the
digital world can be easily taught in a fun and
Developing cooperation and creativity for
our digital age
Created in collaboration with teachers, Petra’s Planet
for Schools provides students with a range of
engaging activities for online social and
community-centred skills, such as simplified email,
chat, and multiplayer games.
New features such as a blog and the possibility to
find a twin class – which offers students the
opportunity to connect with a class in another
school, anywhere around the globe – help teachers
to develop communication, collaboration and
creative skills in their students. At the same time,
partnering with twin classes and sharing blog entries
with them helps the students to gain a sense of
global cultural awareness and, with their teachers’
guidance, allows them to share ideas and content.
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is to try it yourself together with your students.
“Everyone is communicating with everyone else. Even
those students who usually don’t make contact with
others in the class are talking in Petra's Planet for Schools.
They even want to become friends with their teacher!”
Jenni Sipola, teacher, Vantaa Finland
Petra's Planet for Schools is a motivating and
student-centered online learning environ-
ment, which helps schools to affordably
teach important digital and social media
skills to children aged between five and
Key Features of Petra’s Planet for Schools
Students can now maintain a personal blog, which teaches them how to create text content, add
images and share their work. They may also collaborate to create shared blogs for group assignments.
Each class also has a class blog that the teacher maintains, and to which individual students may
contribute their own blog posts.
The twin class feature allows classes to publish a global profile visible to other users of Petra’s Planet
for Schools, and to search for other classes based on their global profiles. This allows classes in
different locations to share and exchange their class blogs, allowing them to learn more about each
other and to collaborate long-distance – a unique opportunity to share experiences and to build a
sense of global and cultural awareness.
Teachers can allow students to participate in real-time chat by writing free-form messages.
Students have access to their own email system, Pigeon Post, which allows them to communicate with
free-form writing and to add stickers and emoticons to their messages.
The classroom functions as the teacher’s home room and offers the ability to decorate and customise.
It acts as a central point for accessing the features of the virtual classroom. Students also have a private
room that they can decorate and customise, and they can visit others’ rooms or invite other students
into their own during cooperative group work.
CHARACTERS AND COSTUMES
Students create a character (also called an avatar) and can alter the appearance and style of their
characters by changing clothing, accessories, facial features, and hair.
The Petra’s Planet for Schools virtual world opens up a world of adventure across four regions, each
containing regional maps with corresponding mini-games that offer different types of challenges.
Both individual students and the class as a whole can compile a journal of their travels. An adventure
shop allows students to buy additional clothing and accessories by using the virtual currency, Kipps.
“It’s interesting to also see that students are helping each
other more in the real world, while they are exploring
together in the virtual world.”
Tuulikki Leirimaa, teacher, Espoo Finland