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Which virtual environment is suitable for language teaching and learning and why?

EVO Immersive Language Learning in Virtual Worlds is a 5-week free workshop for language teachers to evaluate various virtual 3D environments whether they are suitable for language teaching and learning. More on: vlanguages.pbworks.com
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OpenSim
Because it allows students to build, collaborate, use voice, is safe for children and one can fin... more
 
Ideal for age 10-16
by Heike Philp
5
 
Much cheaper than Second Life, users are always free and regions start at 15 USD/ month
by Heike Philp
2
 
OpenSim is OpenSource and a core of developers focus on developing a better viewer - but the tech... more
by Heike Philp
3
 
PC/ MAC only
by Heike Philp
 
NPCs can be programmed as chatbots
 
Students can build
by Heike Philp
 
Voice over IP there
by Heike Philp
 
Total access control, students are safe
by Heike Philp
 
Needs to be installed on computers
by Heike Philp
 
Multiplayer and SinglePlayer
by Heike Philp
 
Intermediate technical skillset required to enter, move and build
by Heike Philp
7

Carol, Dung, Cristiana and 4 more

Further ideas

Ideas
Pros and cons
 
Votes
Active World
by Heike
 
Easy to use
by Heike Philp
2
 
Great for vocabulary drills
by Heike Philp
 
Very similar to OpenSim but even more intuitive to build thanks to a large bank of 3D objects bei... more
by Heike Philp
3
Alicja
Annalisa
Dung
Second Life
by Helena G
because there is a plethora of material on the marketplace at reasonable prices, with requent upd... more
 
Enriched resources
by Helena Galani
2
 
Pricey land purchase and maintenance
 
Ideal for adults
by Helena Galani
 
Special arrangements need to be made for Young Learners
by Helena Galani
 
Very flexible environment, in which one can build almost anything
by Jen Hamilton
3
3
Alicja
Cristiana
Helena Galani
CoSpaces
by A 3D environment which works in a browser and allows students to collaborate building the scenes
 
Engaging for students
by Cristiana Pivetta
 
User-friendly
by Dung
 
Students can develop their creativity and communication skills.
3
Cristiana
Dung
Stella M Berdaxagar
World of Warcraft WoW
by Heike Philp
Video game with levels, fantasy environment
 
very imaginative and dynamic environment
 
allows for a very creative use in the classroom
1
 
My first impression was that it was far too complex to make it exploitable for any language learn... more
by Osna Dennis
 
A highly complex world. At first I thought this would exclude its being used for learning purpose... more
3
Alicja
Cristiana
Dennis Newson aka Osna
Minecraft
by Heike Philp
Great video game for kids with HUGE building potential. Played by more than 100 Mill worldwide - ... more
 
Great for creative story creation, quests, role play, collaborative builds
by Carol Rainbow
 
Many children will already know how to play and will support the ones who don't. The teacher can ... more
by Carol Rainbow
 
The Minecraft EDU version has many freely downloadable maps and lesson plans related to all aspec... more
by Carol Rainbow
 
Helps to develop the soft skills: Leadership Skills. Companies want employees who can supervise ... more
by Carol Rainbow
 
There is no voice in Minecraft, children have to use text. This is not a problem in a classroom b... more
by Carol Rainbow
3
Carol
Cristiana
Heike
VirBELA
by Stella Maris Berdaxagar
 
Students like those options. They are safe.
1
 
Students can recreate a real classroom with screens and interactions.
1
 
Students cannot build objects or scenarios.
2
Alicja
Stella Berdaxagar
SineSpace
by Heike Philp
Based on Unity, the new interactive virtual space by the founders of OpenSim
1
Heike Philp
VRChat
by Heike Philp
A very funny VR enabled virtual world with creative and hilarious avatars.
 
Hilarious avatars
by Heike Philp
 
Only the avatars can be customised, not the environment
by Heike Philp
 
Voice only! No text chat
by Heike Philp
1
Heike Philp
AltspaceVR by Microsoft
by Heike Philp
VR enabled virtual community space with quite static avatars but with a lot of things happening t... more
 
It's been around for ages and is still going strong. Even Educators for VR tend to meet in Altspa... more
by Heike Philp
1
Cristiana
Immerse Online
by Heike Philp
It's not a virtual space but a language learning software.
0
Friendbase
by Heike Philp
A mobile app with cute small cartoon characters in a virtual 3D world which allows for free voice... more
0
Play2Speak
by Heike Philp
A single player app to learn English with a chatbot and a great story, beautiful grafics but noth... more
 
This is not really a platform or solution but an interactive single player video game talking to ... more
by Heike Philp
 
Top notch technology, but not sustainable because production costs seem huge
by Heike Philp
0
Mozilla hubs
by Heike Philp
Browserbased VR enabled virtual 3D space with limited but customizable avatar shapes.
0
Fortnite
by Heike Philp
Popular Ego Shooter for Teenagers where they combat but also collect resources on the way to buil... more
0
Facebook Spaces
by Heike Philp
Works only with an Occulus Rift - and who on this planet has a Rift - nobody!
0
Facebook Horizon
by Heike Philp
Still in BETA but coming out soon: a new bright animation film colored world from Facebook where ... more
0
Sansar
by Heike Philp
Second Life's successor, a VR enabled world built by LindenLab. Stunningly beautiful but a normal... more
 
Not for educational use, they target entertainment industry
0

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