Challenges of educational use of 3D virtual environments
The incorporation of simulation environments to the teaching-learning process redefines relationships and forms of interaction between teacher and students and also between students themselves. In this new article we present a reflection on the interaction in these environments, the reasons for its use with pedagogical purposes and the obstacles that educators might encounter making use of them. To preserve their educational potential, taking in account that 3D environments introduce a reality not comparable to everyday life, it is important to avoid transporting pre-existing educative models. Information and communication technologies, while expanding the potential of the classroom, require the design of a new pedagogical model that reconsiders every day thinking practices.