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Virtual world programme enables teachers to explore new classrooms

16/12/2009 Joanna
Teachers in Birmingham in the Midlands will be able to explore virtual classroom designs for more than 80 secondary schools using a new computer programme.

The Learning Environments Virtual Reality Online Simulator (Levros) has been created by technology firm MOOFU with a range of institutions including Birmingham Local Education Partnership and the Institute of Education, reports the BBC.

Teachers and other users will be able to control onscreen avatars in a manner similar to many commercial videogames and explore proposed classroom designs in order to offer feedback.

Kenn Fisher of Melbourne University, one of the institutions involved with developing Levros, told the BBC: "Simulation is increasingly being used in many educational and training sectors to minimise laboratory and practical costs."

Sylvia McNamara, Birmingham city council's education director, added the programme could also ensure classroom designs are the product of several different people instead of a single person.

In other news, a school in the south-west of England recently saved millions by converting an old office building into new classrooms, reports the Guardian.

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