“Games lubricate the body and the mind.”
Motivate your young learners by introducing virtual worlds in your daily teaching. I´ve been uploading several virtual worlds in my Web 2.0 online calendar
Below you will find a short explanation on some of them.
Have fun playing these games!
Whyville http://www.whyville.net/smmk/ is one of the oldest virtual worlds for kids. Students can design their own look, join a team, chat and play games. Check their offer of educational games such as The Skater & Spin Game, Hot Air Balloon Race, Dance Studio and many more.
Moshimonster http://www.moshimonsters.com/ Young learners love monsters. This simple and very visual virtual world will allow your students to animate their favourite monster.
Build a bear ville http://www.buildabearville.com/ Allow your students to create their own stuffed animal and dress them up.
Dizzywood http://www.dizzywood.com/ is an ads free unique virtual world for young learners. There are all kinds of imaginative places to explore.
Secret Builders http://secretbuilders.com/ Students need to create their site. They can invite family and friends to view their work. Just imagine conversing with William Shakespeare or other famous characters as you build your virtual home.
Wiglington and Wenks http://www.wiglingtonandwenks.comis a fantastic online virtual adventure world with a huge choice of activities and destinations. Check this video for more information http://vimeo.com/8332236
Mindyaland http://www.minyanland.com “Have fun, make friends, learn about money” is what you will find on their front page. “We created MinyanLand as a platform to entertain and educate a young generation so they understand the concept of a market and the basics of economics and finance on a real world level.”
Eeekworld http://pbskids.org/eekoworld is a virtual world that will teach kids how to take care of the world we live in. Take a look at the teacher’s guide as well as a family guide for more information.
Handiponts http://www.handipoints.com “motivates children to earn points by doing chores, worksheets and arts and craft.” Children have to completes a set of planned chores, they get points and rewards.
Mobile Kids http://www.mobilekids.net is a virtual world for kids that teaches them traffic safety.