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Gathering student voice about existing and possible spaces has been a big part of a consultation phase prior to designing more learning hubs.
Miljoenen kinderen en volwassenen spelen dagelijks met dit Lego van de digitale generatie. Minecraft is Lego 2.0, een virtuele gamewereld waarin je vrij bent om te bouwen wat je wil. Miljoenen kinderen en volwassenen spelen het dagelijks.
The new version of MinecraftEdu has been under development for quite some time and we are happy to release the final pre-release version. This release will be moved as stable build next wednesday if there are no game-breaking problems. Version will be the same, 0.984 for the stable build if no problems occur. The 1.4.2 version of minecraft has also just come out and we will begin to incorporate it into MinecraftEdu just now .
Hi all, I've had a few people email and DM me about my Minecraft CCA after I tweet about it on Monday afternoons, so I thought I'd share a few thoughts here and get the word out. If you aren't familiar with Minecraft - it's a sandbox style game where users can mine for resources, create buildings, fight off monsters, and use their skills in crafting to make weapons, armour, tools for harvesting, and even rollercoaster-like mine carts. The game was designed by Markus 'Notch' Persson and it comes in a free online version and a paid downloadable game that has all the goodies you'd expect from a first person (sometimes 3rd person) FPS like game. I originally got into this game because I love FPS like games - and people like @colingally , @TSherwood and @joramlh thrive in these sorts of environment in our 'downtime'.
A few people have been asking for some resources for Minecraft in education and I thought I'd post a few links here as well as a few reflections of my own. First, if you're interested in Minecraft , you should be following these people on Twitter or on their personal blogging spaces: @notch (Markus Persson - Creator of Minecraft) @jokay (Virtual Worlds enthusiast and part of Massively Minecraft also) These people are doing things on a much larger scale and with more ambition than we are...and are awesomely friendly and supportive people who love to play Minecraft too.
Mineways is a program for exporting Minecraft models for 3D printing or rendering.
Civcraft evaluation - Round 1 We’ve just completed our first round of Minecraft civilization, or “Civcraft”, as I’ve called it. All in all its been a stunning first round of gameplay with high level of student engagement and a fair amount of elementary history learning (- I pressume). One thing is to imagine how the students will play, another is to see how they actually engage in playing by the rules given. There were a few unexpected episodes but none that undermined the flow of the lesson. This class was a group of 14 highly motivated young men aged between 17-22.
“Can you teleport me?” “How do I fly?” “I need a sword.” “What are you building?” These eclectic exclamations are the sounds of a room full of teens playing Minecraft .
Overheard in the lab : “My Mum says she can’t believe UWC is offering a Minecraft activity. She says it’s a waste of time.” Me : <breathe>
MinecraftEdu: How to Connect with MinecraftEdu From the official MinecraftEdu news feed: The past several months have been busy ones!