You’re an avatar in Whyville (a virtual world with some 1.5 million users aged 8-16) and you’re tired of tweaking your (design of your) avatar, so you’re thinking about focusing more on earning clams (virtual currency) and building a career – maybe even a real-world one. So here’s an interesting opportunity: Because Whyville now has [...]
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Arbopals is a kids virtual world that taps into children’s natural inclination to do good and be green.
I hope the news – of President Obama honoring 2010 Teacher of the Year Sarah Brown Wessling at the White House – strengthens support for the amazing tech educators I know and love. “In reciting Wessling’s qualifications for the award,” the Boston Globe reports, “Obama said her students ‘don’t just write five-paragraph essays, but they [...]
The global population of virtual worlds is growing fast, as is the business of creating and running them (venture capitalists reportedly invested more than $590 million in VWs last year). The question is, when bad stuff happens in VWs – theft, fraud, harassment, etc. – how should it be dealt with? Who’s in charge, and [...]
By Sharon Duke Estroff Last week I detailed the good things I discovered in this popular kids’ virtual world for 5-to-10-year-olds. This week… What I wasn’t crazy about Video Game Overtones. Gallant educational effort aside, my suspicions were correct. Kids aren’t flocking to Poptropica.com by the tens of millions out of a quest for learning, [...]
The first installment of contributor Sharon Duke Estroff’s inside look at kids’ virtual worlds (here’s last week’s intro)…. by Sharon Duke Estroff The first time my eight-year old asked me how to spell “penguin,” I felt a wave of pride (a spelling bee champion in the making!). The second time I just felt curious (hmm, [...]
It’s hard to find out much about MomLogic on the Web (couldn’t easily find an About Us page), but the site put its stamp of approval on five sites for preteens: Stardoll (digital paper dolls + social networking), the Whyville virtual world, Imbee blogging, Allykatzz social networking for girls 10-15, and Yamod (a kind of [...]