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Two weeks ago, I have been introduced to Vacademia and I have been exploring how it works since then because it interested me a lot. Vacademia is an educational virtual environment which enables the user to conduct lessons. Despite that, there is also the site where you can manage your courses, time table and recordings. First of all, when I downloaded it, I created my own avatar which in my opinion it is better to look similar to you so that people will be able to recognize you from your looks. There are also several gestures which could help you express how you felt in that moment.
There are many different locations where people can access to according to their interest. To help you get familiar with the places, there is the map which could be either big or small . In order to have a clear indication of where I am, I always leave the mini map on screen. You can also re arrange the camera as you would like the view, for example in the first person or the third person. Communication between users can be done by either text or voice. Voice makes the lesson more realistic, as in real life the teaecher normally speaks. There is an existing private chat where you can communicate with other users privately and also global chats where the messages are seen by everyone. One of the most teaching tools which I was interested in was the interactive whiteboard, with which you can do various tasks. One could upload presentations, draw on it and also takes shots of the screen. There is also the pointer tool which helps the students to focus on what the teacher is talking about. A tool which I found also useful is the collection icon at the side because you can save your files, recordings etc.
I’m willing to continue exploring and searching about Vacademia because I think it is a very interesting tool to use in the classroom with your students.
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