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Mobile Virtual Learning Companion

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000146584D
Publication Date: 2007-Feb-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 226K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a suite of educational games that contains a virtual learning companion (VLC) that is central to all of the games. Benefits include providing continuity across multiple games and creating an emotional connection between the user and the product.

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Mobile Virtual Learning Companion

Disclosed is a method for a suite of educational games that contains a virtual learning companion (VLC) that is central to all of the games. Benefits include providing continuity across multiple games and creating an emotional connection between the user and the product.

Background

The concept of the disclosed method is similar to the Tomagotchi™ toy. However, it is different in a number of key areas. The Tomagotchi does not assist in the user's education or act as a mentor or competitor to the user. The proposed evolution and customizations are more advanced than those possible with Tomagotchi, and the VLC “lives” on the user's phone or other mobile device. Also, the key areas of competition and collaboration that are central to the VLC concept are not part of the Tomagotchi offering.

General Description

The disclosed method is a suite of educational games that contains a VLC that is central to all of the games (see Figure 1). The VLC is owned by the user and evolves over time. It is the user's virtual representation, and may be set in competition with those of other users.

 

The suite of games engages and sustains the user's interest over time while having intrinsic educational value. This value involves the higher-order educational skills of evaluation, interpretation, and collaboration (e.g. there are mathematical, language, and spatial...