Friday, April 25, 2008

VIDEO: Jim Bower, Founder of Whyville at DigitalNow

Wisdom of Whyville: Relearning What We Already Know

23% of all children aged 6-17 have a login in the virtual world. It is estimated that by 2011, that number will reach 53%. This means that the Internet will be a major vehicle for educating children and for engaging them in social enterprises. This trend represents an opportunity to influence children in a way that wasn't even possible just 10 years ago. Through virtual reality communities such as Whyville, children can be exposed to vocations that are considered economically important. They can begin to develop their civic sense as well as an idea of their responsibility in the world.

Jim Bower, Ph.D., is the Founder of Whyville and currently holds the title of Chief Visionary Officer. Whyville has been used to study how children behave, learn, and interact with information and with each other. In this session, Jim will discusses what Whyville is teaching us, and what the implications and opportunities are for associations.

View the video of Jim's presentation.


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