Metaplace lets you create your own “virtual world” that you can now embed on your blog or website, and where you can keep it private.
Webware has written a good post all about it, and I’d encourage you to read it.
I’m not that sold on virtual worlds being that extraordinary of a tool for learning, but this one does seem to be a lot easier to create and navigate than some others I’ve seen. I wonder if it might have some potential for students to create their own for just another venue for interacting in English, or if teachers might create ones where students — at least as a change of pace — could try-out.
What do you think?