Darn, I missed the event that took place a month ago on what kids are learning in virtual worlds. Fortunately, here’s the link to the aggregate post with hyperlinks to the transcript, audio, and video posts that have been made of the event.
USC is leading the pack in terms of research in SL. When I was writing the final paper for my summer course, they had just then received a $550,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation to study the role of philanthropy in virtual worlds.
I have yet to explore Whyville and the Sims world. Bob was asking about what I want for Christmas — maybe I’ll tell him to get me the Sims vid game.