Digital Artifacts

Monday, October 22, 2007

Webkinz

I know that someone had mentioned webkinz on the blog a while ago, but spent this weekend talking to a fifth grader about them. I found it extremely interesting that she spends at least an hour a day on this website. She told me that she now has 13 webkinz, and that on the site there are ways for the animals to work, shop, and play. I was so interested in the way that she was into this game, that I am borrowing her this week to see her in action on this game. I am very curious to see how much I can learn from her! I will take notes and share with anyone who wants to know more!!! As a teacher, I feel that it is important for use to stay up to date on what our students are interested in. For those of you who do not know anything about webkinz, here is the site. It is really cool to see all of the safeguards that they have set for children. Parents have access into their child's account. Ok. here is the link!
http://www.webkinz.com/SWF/TOUR/siteTour.html

1 Comments:

Blogger Rebecca said...

Thanks for posting this link. The little tour is really a great way to get familiar with the site. I was most interested in the chat system which only offers a selection of preset sentences that can be used for the pets to interact with each other. Sounds like a good technique for preventing the kids from giving up info that could be dangerous. I wonder how it really works out in practice. I definitely want to know about how your experience goes with your student. Please share it with the group.
Additionally, I was comforted by the fact that the pets don't die like the Tamagatchi's they are compared to. I remember babysitting one day when a child killed her Tamagatchi pet and it was quite a scene. It seems the Webzinz just get sick but don't die and a quick trip to the vet fixes them up.

October 23, 2007 at 5:37 PM  

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