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ERIC Number: EJ1008572
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1443-833X
What about the Firewall? Creating Virtual Worlds in a Public Primary School Using Sim-on-a-Stick
Jacka, Lisa; Booth, Kate
Australian Educational Computing, v27 n2 p13-17 Dec 2012
Virtual worlds are highly immersive, engaging and popular computer mediated environments being explored by children and adults. Why then aren't more teachers using virtual worlds in the classroom with primary and secondary school students? Reasons often cited are the learning required to master the technology, low-end graphics cards, poor connectivity and the firewall. A solution to one of these barriers is to use a virtual world that can operate inside the firewall locally on school computers. The virtual world Sim-on-a-Stick provides a four region virtual world on a USB flash drive that is free and fully functional without accessing a network. Sim-on-a-Stick was used in a public primary school in regional Australia during term one 2012. This paper presents a case study outlining the implementation and integration of virtual worlds by a pre-service teacher, classroom teacher and her class. (Contains 4 figures and 2 tables.)
Australian Council for Computers in Education. P.O. Box 1255, Belconnen, ACT 2616, Australia. Tel: +61-3-9349-3733; Fax: +61-3-9349-5356; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia