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!
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! “