How I Use It
I have yet to use this product with students, but after registering as a teacher and playing the game as a student would, I feel it would provide an engaging way for students to apply newly acquired science and math skills in novel ways and expand on their learning as a whole. In addition, the ability to set students up in groups allows students to work together in a virtual way, which many respond really well to. I see this as a useful tool for supplementing instruction and providing students added opportunities to master complex concepts.
This appears to be a very useful instructional tool for teachers. I was disappointed, however, that as a teacher I didn't have the ability to provide additional support to students with special needs, such as text-to-speech so they can listen to the dialogue between the characters or the instructions related to the quests. Our district provides instruction to most students with IEPs in general education settings, so being able to accommodate for their needs is instrumental to their success. Students with IEPs who struggle with reading, for example, can engage in higher level thinking and problem solving opportunities when properly accommodated for. I do like, however, that students who struggle with face-to-face peer interactions would have the opportunity to participate in group learning via this virtual world.