The metro Atlanta district, with 35 schools and 38000 students, is the first major school system in the nation to offer a 3-D virtual world environment to every classroom teacher. A virtual world is a digital place where people using characters called avatars meet and interact with each other—a chat-room with graphics. Unlike a digital game, a virtual world is not pre-scripted. Because users may create anything they can imagine, a virtual world is an excellence tool for creativity, construction, role playing, experimentation and learning to work with others.
Although Forsyth County Schools had attempted to use virtual world technology in the past, concerns about student safety and a lack of management tools prevented the district from fully implementing a virtual world. However, the partnership with Dreamland Metaverse now gives the district a 3-D virtual space that meets their instructional standards and addresses their concerns for student safety.