Second Life credited with boost to academic ability at Plymouth school

articleAN AWARD-winning virtual world computer game is being credited with helping city secondary school children improve their reading levels.

Teachers at Stoke Damerel Community College said 80 per cent of the Year Nine students involved in the Second Life pilot scheme had hit their Key Stage 3 target for the subject within a term – against a target of three terms.

The media teaching project is based on the popular internet game and won the virtual world/gaming award at last month’s regional Media Innovation Awards in Bristol.

Children created their own online world, called Drake’s Island, via the Second Life site, and each has a virtual character who carries out a series of tasks.  Read more.

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