A Closer Look at Public Schools and the Rise of Virtual Learning Technology

In light of the great job done by public university entrants in the Army Federal Virtual Worlds Challenge, it's time to take a fresh look at just how universities around the world are adding virtual world literacy to their core curriculum. I've made it a point to report on individual schools and organizations with innovative new approaches to digital education and virtual world understanding, but there is relatively little out there about the overall effect of virtual education initiatives on education as a whole.

By creating novel ways of looking at old disciplines or by facilitating low-cost, long-distance education in virtual environments, classrooms with major virtual world components are slowly turning  calcified education system into a highly flexible, modern machine.

I've talked in the past about how schools that adopt virtual worlds as major parts of the learning process can – and have – upended established elite universities. Now let's take a look some new academic research that argues interactive virtual world education will pay dividends to students as well as institutions.

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The Guardian: With Virtual Worlds, Kids are Learning Even During Playtime

Nmc2 Pixels and Policy has been a consistent advocate of bringing virtual worlds and digital classrooms to the forefront of our education system.

Along with many other great websites, we've helped catalogue the forward-thinking colleges turning virtual literacy into degree programs and looked at the potential impact of virtual classrooms in poor Latin American communities.

Now Britain's Guardian newspaper has turned its international readership on to the growing trend of virtual worlds in education. Pixels and Policy takes a look at how virtual education is hitting the mainstream.

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