- What are the benefits and drawbacks of using a virtual world app like Cloud Party that is connected to Facebook for educational purposes? How about in a cloud based environment?
The benefits to me would be the constant connectivity and ease of access that Cloud Party creates. Being connected to Facebook means it’s connected to the world. Students are able to check in frequently and meet up a lot easier. One drawback may be the restriction for having to have a Facebook account. Although most of the world is on there, I still have many students who aren’t. Cloud based environment would be beneficial depending on the environment that is chosen. Each environment has different objectives and I think their would be many benefits for using those environments.
- How does Cloud Party mimic some of the other virtual world environments that you are familiar with?
Cloud party is like a simplified version of Second Life to me. It’s a lot easier to use and a lot more limited. The ease of access in simple and doesn’t take much to create. Minecraft is similar in it’s simple way to create, but Cloud Party brings more of the virtual feel with its avatars. It feels like a bit of a mix of Second Life and Minecraft.
- What are your initial thoughts about this application as a medium in education? Do you have any positive or negative expectations?
My initial thoughts are that this application is easy to use and easy to access. Anything the makes it easier on the learner I think helps the learning process in virtual worlds so the constant reminder of “bugs” isn’t interrupting the learning experience. Cloud party seems ideal for that. My expectations are positive with using it as a medium in education. The ability to choose and explore I think are great readinesses in learning. Cloud Party gives the learner that ability instantly and with the simplicity to build, teachers can create some amazing learning experiences for their students.
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