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Keith Heggart High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

I've often heard about the educational potential (especially for distance and online learning) of virtual worlds, but I haven't ever really seen it in action. I remember a teacher at a school I used to work at created a whole virtual world using Atmosphere Builder (which, sadly, no longer is available) based on the school he was teaching in, and students could enter with an avatar, walk around, read the notices, talk to each other and so on.

However, that was about 6 or 7 years ago - virtual words have definitely moved on since then, if you look at the explosion of games like Second Life and World of Warcraft. Anyway, I guess I'm saying is there anyone out there using them? What do you think are the educational benefits? What are the risks?

Here's a link to an interesting article from Australia about them http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/opinion-analysis/virtua...

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educational consultant at an education service center in Texas

creating virtual training classroom

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We are currently researching the possibility of creating a teacher/administator training virtual classroom/campus in which teachers and administrators can practice newly learned skills in a virtual world where avatars act like real children and teachers. I know that Second Life has some on-line classes delivered in this kind of environment but we want to develop a professional development opportunity which allows teachers and administrators to implement knowledge and skills and recevie feedback on the effectiveness. Does anyone out there have examples we can view or experience upon which we can further our efforts?

Creator of immersive environments for learning

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Rosemary, We have been building virtual private environments for learning for three years on a massively multi-player platform with amazing success. The service scales and has the protections for privacy and intellectual property missing from most of its predecessors. We work with higher ed worldwide and would be happy to demonstrate the VenueGen platform for you. You can see a video of our environment and sign up for a free account at www.venuegen.com. I also have high ed use cases not shared on our website. Contact Richard Kristof (rkristof@venuegen.com) our Chief Learning Officer. He is the best person to help you.

High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

Hi VenueGen, Your work sounds

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Hi VenueGen,
Your work sounds interesting - can I ask if you've done any work with other sectors of education, like primary and seconday? If not, why have you made that decision?

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