Virtual Worlds 8

Course Overview

Virtual Worlds 8 is a hybrid course that includes Applied Design and Skills Technology 8, Bible 8, Social Studies 8, and Language Arts 8.

Students should be willing to time travel as they become investigators of the past and put themselves into the shoes of those who walked before us in the Middle Ages, through the Reformations and on the journey toward contact and settlement of North America. Students will become designers and technicians in an effort to explore the use of technology and digital resources in immersive environments. Students will become theologians, and pursue their understanding of the mysteries of faith and Biblical concepts. Students will become readers, reviewers, and authors as we explore language and its uses in communication of ideas and collaboration. We will take virtual field trips to Persian Palaces, Machu Picchu, and Medieval churches and castles.

Inquiry: Inquiry will be encouraged, valued and required in this course. Students will be inspired to ask questions and follow lines of inquiry that they are passionate about.

Critical Thinking: Throughout the course critical thinking will be a focus. Comparing and contrasting worldviews and the various components of a culture. Students will be encouraged to search for wisdom, truth and evidence of God’s hand in history.

Research skills: how to research, outline, draft and publish a piece of writing. How to do a correct academic bibliography.

Presentation skills: Students will convey their knowledge through graphs, tables, maps, writing and multi-media presentations

Choice: Students will be given choice as much as possible to help them to identify their areas of passion and giftings and be able to grow in those areas.

This 4-course integrated program is taught in a synchronous format.

Synchronous: Students meet with their teacher in a virtual class on Zoom and in our virtual world platform. Cameras are on as our purpose is to build community. The teacher will introduce the lesson and assignment for the week, give instructions, lead discussion, and prepare the students for the week’s work; students will participate in brainstorming sessions for inquiry projects, discussions and present their findings. Students commit to keeping pace with the class and to attending the weekly meeting which will last approximately 60-75 minutes.

VW8 is scheduled for Wednesday 10:30 – 11:45 am.


Time Commitment:

This course is based on approximately four to five 60 minute lessons every week plus the weekly meeting and personal research time. There will be some preparation expected for weekly meetings.


Students are required to participate in weekly meetings and discussions in Zoom and our virtual environment, complete assignments according to instructions and deadlines, upload their assignments in compatible formats within Moodle.

Synchronous students will use Zoom for class meetings.

Technical Requirements:

  • High-speed broadband internet
  • Firefox web browser
  • A good headset with a mic.
  • Mouse - not a requirement, but it makes the programs easier to use

PC users (the preferred platform for 3DU.)

The programs we currently use are capable of operating on relatively old PC systems, however, the recommended technical specifications of your PC should include:

Processor Speed: 2 Ghz or better
System RAM: 2 GB or more
Free Disk Space: 50 GB+
Operating System: Windows 7, 8.1, or 10
Video Driver DirectX® 9.0c or newer
Video Card Hardware accelerated 3D graphics (256MB+ VRAM) is highly recommended
Media Viewer Windows Media Player

MAC users

Processor Speed: Minimum i5 Dual Core 3.0 GHz processor. Recommended, i7 Quad Core 2.5 GHz.
RAM: Minimum 16 GB. Recommended 32 GB.
Hard Drive: Minimum 256 GB. Recommended 512GB.
Operating System: Mac OSX 10.6.8 or later (Snow Leopard or newer).

Please be aware that Apple updates to the MAC Operating System (OS) may preclude non-Apple products from working. This is why the PC platform is preferred. Updates to Windows will grandfather existing pieces of software and not present the possibility of a disruption. Having said that, should some resources need to be run under Microsoft Windows, Windows can be installed on a Mac. 2 popular methods are Parallels, and Bootcamp. Here’s an article on the subject www.theverge.com/2015/7/29/9058825/windows-10-macbook-how-to-install-osx

Enrollment Information

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