The new release of MyVirtualChild offers several key improvements. Here are some of the highlights.
An updated look and feel engenders a deep connection to the student’s virtual world. Students can customize their avatars to a much greater degree than before. Because their child’s appearance is based on their own avatar, the student experiences an emotional connection to their virtual child.
A more diverse cast of characters helps students create a virtual world that they recognize, which makes what they learn more resonant.
- Students can indicate the gender identity of themselves and their partners, including the use of preferred pronouns.
- The virtual child’s sibling may be neurotypical, or on the autism or learning disability spectrum.
- Side characters in the student’s virtual community — such as family members, friends, and neighbors — can vary based on immigrant and socioeconomic status, as well as cultural and ethnic background.
- Students can further customize the role of faith and spirituality in their virtual family.
Contemporary cultural issues have been integrated throughout MyVirtualChild. For example, scenarios involving the virtual child’s digital literacy and the impact of social media upon development help contextualize the learning experience within today’s world.
A new prenatal section helps students understand that development does not simply begin at birth. The addition of this content further emphasizes the role that factors during pregnancy play in development.