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Shidonni

Check it out: Shidonni - Shidonni is is a virtual universe, where you can create your own imaginary world and interact with others. Shidonni believes in creativity, and offers kids a friendly, non-violent and safe environment to match. (link)

"Shidonni is a fast growing virtual world for kids and a children’s created content service leader. Shidonni is based on the timeless joy of drawing, with a 21st century twist. After drawing their virtual pets, children play with them as they magically ‘come alive’ in the world of Shidonni." (link)



Here is a guide for using Shidonni. Click on "full" in the tool bar at the bottom of the slide viewer to see a full screen version.




Shidonni requires Microsoft Silverlight to run. Mac users and older computers may have problems....:-(
Thanks to Ben Parr at Mashable HOW TO: Bring Animal Drawings to Life for the heads up!

Laptop Rules



Thanks to Aaron Tyo-Dickerson, Middle School IT teacher at the American School of The Hague in the Netherlands, for sharing this slide show on the ECIS Moodle. He writes that these rules are based on Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics. His Three Rules "are small but highly elastic and are meant to cover computer usage both at school and at home."
"We had some entertaining, devil's advocate discussions and found that it was really easy to lose track of all of the things-to-be-avoided and the various rationales that might be required. We agreed instead that it was important for the rules to be broad and that they require interpretation from the students and teachers rather than relying on an easily subverted list of DOs and DON'Ts."