sl-logo.jpgAlso known as
MOO: Multi-user domain, Object-Oriented
MMORPG: Massive Mulit-player Online Role Playing Game
MPOVE: Multi-Participant Online Virtual Environment
MUD: Multi-User Domain
MULE: Multi-User Learning Environment
MUSE: Multi-User Simulated Environment
SW: Synthetic World

These virtual worlds offer an inviting environment for learners to engage in learning projects such as:
- constructing a time line about historical events
- creating buildings and whole cities applying math, science, and language arts skills
- creating and running virtual business
- and much more.

Examples:
- Second Life [http://secondlife.com/]
- The River City Project [http://muve.gse.harvard.edu/rivercityproject/]
- Quest Atlantis [http://atlantis.crlt.indiana.edu/]
- Whyville [http://b.whyville.net/smmk/top/about]
- schMOOze U [http://schmooze.hunter.cuny.edu/]
Before any type of 3d visualization was possible, this text-based portal was established in 1994, specifically designed for ESL learners.
schmooze.jpg


More resources about Second Life:
- NPR's Science Friday story Aug 31st, 2007 [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14087749]
- Kevin Jarrett's blog http://www.storyofmysecondlife.com/
- YouTube video by Global Kids created in SecondLife about a child soldier's experience http://youtube.com/watch?v=nK54WRu0jW4