Minecraft in school

2 06 2011

ok, this is really REALLY exciting. Liam O’Donnell is using Minecraft for the past 3 weeks with a small group of students for literacy support. Kids are loving it, and they are improving!

Read more here: http://liamodonnell.com/feedingchange/2011/05/messy-learning-with-minecraft/

More educators are joining the Minecraft-educraze (in a very very good way):

Check out the work reported by Lucas Gillispie: “We are officially launching a Beta(?) run of the project starting April 8th, 2011.  We’re going to be working 10 elementary (5th grade) students at two different sites who’ll be playing and learning cooperatively on the same internally hosted server.”

Follow Lucas on http://minecraftinschool.pbworks.com/w/page/37244189/FrontPage
and mine (ahah) the resources that Lucas shares freely, such as examples of lesson plans (http://minecraftinschool.pbworks.com/w/page/37287195/Language-Arts-Lessons-and-Ideas)

You also have to catch up with Joel Levine’s work with 2nd graders at a private school in NYC: http://minecraftteacher.net/ Results go beyond his expectations.

Also, look Morrowcraft, a 8th grader-project from the Elizabeth Morrow School in Englewood, NJ: http://morrowcraft.wikispaces.com/

Last but certainly not least here, jokaydia Minecraft. Yes! the Jokay that we follow from SL to Hypergrid. As usual, expect great quality and exciting ideas from her reports.

Did I say that this was really really exciting news? This is really really cool. (And by the way, Notch is going to E3 on June 7 and won’t be updating Minecraft until after. So go ahead and pre-order it before the final product = a higher $ tag.)…no, i don’t get a piece of the pie. Just really excited about this. Yep, i’m playing and i’ve got the Minebug too. and quoting Knowclue on rezed.org: “I have to admit, I’m having a blast and had to eat crow about being scared of 8bit zombies! “


AECT Webinar: 3D GameLab

17 05 2011

AECT Webinar: Quest Based Learning: Turn Your Classroom into a Living Game

Date: Tue May 17, 2011 at 03:00 PM
Posted by: Lisa Dawley

Webinar – ‘Quest-Based Learning: Turn the Classroom into a Living Game’
Presented by: Lisa Dawley & Chris Haskell
Date & Time: Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Start Time: 3:00 PT / 6:00 ET
Login at: http://edtech.acrobat.com/department/

Many educators and instructional designers are exploring game-based learning opportunities as a means to engage learners in dynamic new modes. These adoptions are sometimes unsuccessful as teachers attempt to “teach” games, integrating them into an existing didactic instructional model. In this session, we’ll explore the design of quest-based learning as a means to shift the classroom into a living meta-game environment while still addressing curriculum standards. Drawing upon our work with 3D GameLab, a quest-based learning platform, we’ll discuss a rationale for quest-based learning, design elements of quests that engage learners and provide customized learning opportunities, and discuss the resulting shift in pedagogy as students “game” their way through the curriculum.

To attend the meeting, login as a guest on May 17 at: http://edtech.acrobat.com/department

Out of School Games and Learning Lab

12 05 2011

Constance Steinkuehler: “A few weeks ago, were were lucky enough to get a video team out here to film some of our work with teenage guys, videogames, and learning. This is part of the DML series. Take a look at that line-up of folks: pretty cool! Here’s what they came up with to represent us: