WiloStarius Platform

Our Virtual World Platforms

WiloStar3D is at it again! After over 18 years successfully using Wiloworlds, our original 3D campus, we are now pioneering  a brand new immersive learning platform called WiloStarius. Students can create worlds, easily drag, drop, and import models to literally create an infinite amount of worlds. This expands educational opportunities for our students. WiloStar3D students also have access to the Wiloworlds virtual world educational platform. This is the software that you use to visit WiloStar’s 3D Campus and 3D virtual worlds. Wiloworlds and WiloStarius are both  “closed” educational environments for the safety of our students. If you would like to obtain a guest visitor pass then please fill out our online contact form and a tour guide will email you with your guest pass information. Our goal is to allow you to come see the exciting things we do yet still protect our existing students.

We run our 3D worlds on our own servers to ensure the safety of our participants. We also require that all participants sign a code of conduct to ensure appropriate behavior is respected and upheld. A WiloStar3D staff member will always be present during WiloStarius hours of operation. A world is a place that you inhabit along with other online homeschool students who are logged in at the same time as you are. You can communicate with other users, and you can see their avatars. Many worlds let you build, and whatever you build is visible to all other homeschoolers who visit that world.

In WiloStarius your own 3D avatar represents you. There is a huge number of avatars to choose from. You can change your avatar with just the simple click of a button. Avatars can run, jump, fly, dance, and enable you to express a whole host of emotions.

The WiloStarius immersive learning environment also offers nextgen graphics based on the Unity game engine and includes tools we have built to enhance online instruction and building in virtual worlds.

Being part of WiloStarius and participating in an interactive 3D experience is fun, educational and worthwhile. We have been hosting and building educational communities now for over twenty years and we can tell you students and families LOVE it.

As social environments, our virtual worlds are unique in that they are graphical. This allows people to express their identity VISUALLY, rather than just through written words. The result is a whole new realm of self-expression and social interaction with subtleties and complexities not seen in text-only environments.

WiloStarius Crew Member Sampling

Avatar Crew Members

Ready to blast off to explore new worlds and complete missions for learning? WiloStar students choose a crew member as their unique student avatar to use exclusive to themselves.

Creativity Unleashed

The WiloStar3D Creativity theory means students are meaningfully engaged in creating new immersive learning activities through interaction with others and actively involved in the creative process. Avatars help accomplish this goal.

Interactive Learning

WiloStar students interact in a gamelike environment where they can 'sit' in class, run across misty mountains and fly through the horizons of learning.

Personal Expression

WiloStar3D allows students to explore different facets of their personalities using avatars in a safe educational environment.

Avatars Teach Social Skills

We show students how their own personality traits and behavior effects others' perceptions of identity. This gives students a chance to see that how you "act" within the 3D world can impact how others view you.

New Avatars Added Constantly

WiloStar3D is constantly evolving and changing to adapt to new technology and to improve its educational program for the benefit of students. We also expect this of our students.

Student Avatar Designs

For our more advanced 3D design students, we offer the chance to add their own creations to WiloStarius.

Role Playing

When you play a role different from your everyday viewpoint, new insight is developed by stepping into another's shoes.

Express your Voice

Students want to express their voice and spirit, and to be able feel safe in their learning environment.

Mod your World

Students complete WiloStar Interactives inside WiloStarius, a revolutionary immersive learning platform that allows students to mod and build their own worlds and regions.

WiloStarius Learning Pathway Method

As a student in the WiloStar3D Academy, you will learn how to build, design, and code your own virtual levels and regions. Each week, as part of your course work and modules, you will complete building and design activities to develop your Learning Pathway region. Each Learning Pathway region has building stations. Your teacher will assign building projects for each station along the pathway. You will share, present and even assess your participants that visit your station. This enables you to not only soak up knowledge in new ways but also shares your knowledge and creations with others. The best part of the Learning Pathway method is that is saves your builds as a viewable archive of learning that you can progress through and visualize as you go.

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 Students are given specific criteria and assessment rubrics that guide what is expected for each Learning Station build.  Students then begin their research and start to compile the resources, notes and props needed for their station.

 Props, Models and Level – Gallery canvas boards, props and the basic learning station level is  assembled. Students link up images from their personal WiloStar uploader account and then add them into their stations. Gallery boards can be resized, moved around, and edited to match the look and feel of the presentation.  Directional arrows showing the audience how to progress through the build can be added as well as other visual cues that enhance the build.

Script – A story or script is created for the presenter to utilize live while participants view the learning station. Students research historical time periods or science concepts and act as tour guide interpreters through their station. Students get inspiration inside pre-made WiloStarius template worlds that serve as the model for current immersive builds.

Screen shots – Avatars, props and stations are “photographed” by taking screen shots from different perspectives and camera angles inside the level. These digital clues are then added as part of the published Learning Pathway and serve as important digital learning artifacts for assessing learning and portfolio evaluation.

Immersive Audience –  Students give an initial meet and greet on the presenter  podium target to set the scene and then present their station. Throughout their presentation the presenter polls the audience and engages them by asking questions and giving information that is not presented in the gallery boards. This helps keep things lively and interesting. The final step is to assess the participants by giving them an interactive quiz or poll after the presentation.

WiloStarius System Requirements

WINDOWS REQUIREMENTS

The System requirements for optimal performance are listed below.

High End Performance

  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 1029 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater.
  • CPU: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater.
  • Memory: 8GB+ RAM.
  • Video Output: Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output.
  • USB Ports: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port.
  • OS :Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer.

Minimum Recommended System Requirements

+ Intel® Quad Core™ 2 GHz, AMD equivalent, or better
+ 2 GB system memory
+ Windows Experience Index 5.5 or better
+ DirectX® 9.0c or newer
+ Hardware accelerated 3D graphics (256MB+ dedicated memory)
+ Latest Graphic Hardware driver
+ 5GB+ free disk space

MAC NOT SUPPORTED