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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Microsoft Released A New Website to Help Teachers Use Minecraft in Their Classes

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Microsoft Released A New Website to Help Teachers Use Minecraft in Their Classes
July 10, 2015 Minecraft is an immersive learning environment that has started as a game about creating, exploring and managing resources before it becomes one of the leading educational learning platforms for students. A few days ago, Microsoft, Minecraft’s parent company, announced the release of a new website, Minecraft for Education, geared towards providing teachers with a forum where they can share their ideas about how they use Minecraft in their teaching. ‘Minecraft in education is a way to teach, learn and inspire. It’s students visiting ancient civilizations to create and play out their own stories. It’s exploring mathematical concepts like perimeter, area, and volume by breaking and placing Minecraft blocks. It’s practising collaboration, problem solving, digital citizenship, and leadership skills through creative thinking and innovative design. Here are some examples of how some teachers are using Minecraft in their classes:

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10 Mac Tips Every Teacher Should Know about July 9, 2015 Mac is an incredible piece of gadgetry and an ideal companion for teachers. It has tons of features and functionalities that can make your digital life way easier and more productive. To help you make the best of your Mac, we are sharing with you 10 essential and probably basic tips. Check out the resources at the end of this post for more advanced tips. 1- Take A Screenshot Skitch is an excellent app to use with your Mac for taking screenshots and annotating them. Minecraft is finally fixing its huge gender problem Children play Minecraft at a Microsoft store in Bellevue, Wash. (David Ryder/Bloomberg News) When Pauline Stanley's 6-year-old daughter, Isabell, started playing Minecraft, she was excited to join her fellow first-grade players, who'd become obsessed with adventuring around the game's vast digital universe and building with Lego-like blocks. But there was one problem: In the boundlessly creative world of one of the most popular video games, the only character she could play was Steve, a bulky man with short, dark hair and a 5 o'clock shadow.

Basic PDF Tips Every Teacher Using Mac Should Know about July 29, 2015 In an earlier post entitled ‘10 Mac Tips Every Teacher Should Know about’ we fleetingly touched on a quick hack on how to annotate your PDFs. We subsequently received few questions from teachers inquiring about PDF tips for Mac users so we decided to feature some of the basic yet overlooked things you can do with your PDFs on Mac. For any of these tips to work, make sure you open your PDF then click on ‘View’ in Mac’s menu bar and select ’Show markup toolbar’. 1 Add signature to PDFs You can easily sign PDFs using the sign feature in the mark-up toolbar.

Ten steps to game design » play think learn A few years ago, Alex Moseley and I wrote a workshop for the European Conference on Games-Based Learning, which presented a ten-step model of game design and exemplified the process by gaming the workshop. Since then, we’ve ran versions of the workshop, either together or on our own, at a whole range of conferences and events, and every time we’re asked if we can share the resources. The only reason we’ve not done so until now is because we’ve been planning to put together a proper web site and resource guide. However, reality has got in the way, and while we still plan to put something more comprehensive together in the long term, I am putting the workshop resources here to make them available now. Please, if you do run the workshop for yourself, let us know how it went. The resources here are for a 90 minute presentation for up to 32 participants, but it is very easy to adapt for different size groups and times (see workshop notes).

What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong? June Arbelo, a second-grade teacher at Central School, comforts a student who wants to go home during the first day of school. Tristan Spinski/GRAIN Leigh Robinson was out for a lunchtime walk one brisk day during the spring of 2013 when a call came from the principal at her school. Will, a third-grader with a history of acting up in class, was flipping out on the playground. He'd taken off his belt and was flailing it around and grunting. Teachers' Top Educational Chrome Apps in 2015 July 16, 2015 Over the last weekend, we spent sometime sifting through our Chrome extensions archive and curated for you the list below. We singled out the the apps that have been most popular among teachers and educators during the first six months of this year. The apps cover a range of themes from tools to enhance your productivity and help you stay focused to add-ons for annotating and editing PDFs, you will definitely find something to use in your teaching. Enjoy

MinecraftEdu Takes Hold in Schools Illustrations by Peter & Maria Hoey Walking through a vast network of medieval streets and houses, it’s easy to get lost. Luckily, I can fly. So I can see that up ahead, a team is building a castle with parapets and a wide moat. A Wonderful Free Tool for Creating Interactive eBooks for Your Class August 2, 2015Kindle Textbook Creator is a free software application that allows you to easily convert your educational content saved in PDF format into Kindle books.These include textbooks, course notes, study guides and many more. Using Kindle Textbook Creator, you will be able to enhance the readability of your content with features such as audio, video, and image pop-ups. Once your eBook is ready, you can publish it through Kindle direct publishing and make it available for readers on different devices including fire tablets, iPad, Android tables and Mac and PC computers. Kindle Textbook Creator also includes a preview mode that shows authors which interactive features are supported on different devices.

Making Learning in Minecraft Fun! – The Curriculum How to Guide Well here we are, educators around the world, enticed and inspired by this new opportunity to engage and inspire learning in our students by way of Minecraft. Minecraft is the smash-hit open world block building game by Mojang, yes the one that was recently bought by Microsoft for 2.5 Billion dollars. The game itself has captivated nearly 100 Million users in it’s short lifespan and it’s now making strong headway into education. For many reasons Minecraft’s design aligns perfectly with education. It’s creative, it’s easy enough to use, and any lesson can be adapted to fit it. But, in it’s fresh new approach comes a gap that must be satisfied.