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Is Minecraft the Ultimate Educational Tool?

Is Minecraft the Ultimate Educational Tool?
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Technology Tools for Education Majors Minecraft lures kids to museums like nothing else Playtime at the Anchorage Museum. Photo: Rob LeFebvre, Cult of Mac ANCHORAGE, Alaska — 12-year-old Josh couldn’t wait to get to the museum. For once, the visit wouldn’t be about “boring” old artwork or educational science, but something he really loves — Minecraft. “This is great,” he said while tapping and mousing his way through a multiplayer Minecraft landscape that was part of an activity at The Anchorage Museum. The elementary-age boys and girls gathered at the museum Wednesday in two sessions of three hours each for a total of 80 spots. The museum wanted to get kids excited about coming to the museum. “It’s like when you run a theater, and notice that your audience is graying,” said Greg Danner, the museum’s curator of science and interactivity. Developed by Swedish indie developer Markus “Notch” Persson, Minecraft is a global phenomenon that’s spawned a hugely successful company and versions that will run on Macs, PCs, game consoles and smartphones. Danner’s not sure what’s next.

Ideas for Using Minecraft in the Classroom As is the nature of sandbox games, players can roam free, choosing objectives as they go. Because Minecraft has such open possibilities and potential, the teacher can choose how he or she wants to use it. Just as the student has the ability to be creative, the teacher has the same. That can be overwhelming, but luckily, there is a tool for using Minecraft created by teachers for teachers. MinecraftEdu provides a custom mod, basically a customized modification of the game, that helps facilitate organization and focus for teachers to use Minecraft effectively. For those noobs out there that need a push in the right direction, here are some introductory project or lesson ideas. 1) Explore Real Life Buildings There are many already-created structures that you can import into the game and have students explore. 2) Practice Ratio and Proportion 3) Learn About Survival 4) Visualization and Reading Comprehension

Maths Online - Maths Tuition For All Australian K-12 Students - Minecraft Wiki A file opened with Notepad++ is the file which stores all the settings for a multiplayer (Minecraft or Minecraft Classic) server. If you are going to edit it is important that you use the same structure as the original uses, although the order of the lines is arbitrary. The text before the equal sign is the key, which you shouldn't change. The text after the equal sign is the property's value, which you can edit. After changes are made to the file, the server must be restarted for them to take effect. If the file does not list all properties (such as if a new version of the server adds new properties, or if the file does not exist), then on startup the server will rewrite the file with the new properties listed and set them to their default values. File Location This file is automatically generated upon first start of the server (if it doesn't exist).

Visual Social Bookmarking with Pearltrees - Teach Amazing Written by Mark Brumley Visual Social Bookmarking This educational technology post introduces you to the amazing world of visual social bookmarking. Combining a mind-blowing user interface with excellent classroom usability, visual social bookmarking sure to be a valuable tool for you and your students. You probably know social booking has great benefits in the educational setting. However, many people are visual learners and might struggle with organizing a huge list of online resources. What is Pearltrees Think of Pearltrees as a visual social bookmarking tool. Collections of bookmarks (pearls) are joined into branching categories called pearlltrees. Pearltrees in the Classroom How can you use Pearltrees in the classroom? Have you used Pearltrees or a similar web 2.0 site?

So You Think You Want to Run a Hackathon? Think Again. Part 1: Set Goals You Can Hold Yourself Accountable To [Or, Why We Didn't Have a Funk Parade Hackathon] Not all hackathons are terrible, ill-deployed “flytraps” laid out to capture developers’ attention. Initially, hacks were designed as temporary spaces for group problem-solving and prototyping (think: business accelerator meets science lab) and sometimes, just for straight-up creativity (think: 48 Hour Film projects). These kinds of hacks still happen, and when focused — like this incredible tiny hackathon that helped the city of Washington, DC radically open up its legal code—they can be wildly effective platforms for production and (despite earlier grumbles) for community building — in-group community building. At hackathons, people who speak the same language (i.e. But what about the rest of your tech community? Most of Funk Parade’s programming was about building bridges — between black and white, old and young, geographic divisions in the city, you name it.

Minecraft in the Classroom Teaches Reading and More Last month, Scientific American declared, "... not only is Minecraft immersive and creative, but it is an excellent platform for making almost any subject area more engaging.” That’s a nod from a top science magazine to the game many parents wish their kids had never heard of. This endorsement follows Common Sense Media's seal of approval. On the surface, it's not so surprising. But Minecraft, a blocky, retro, role-playing simulation that's more Lego than svelte, hi-tech wizardry, isn't just the game du jour. Use these effective classroom management tips to deal with difficult students... Being consistent is of paramount importance when implementing and executing... Tips for how to get a teaching job, including interview questions for teachers... Use these teacher-tested classroom management ideas to help you create a... Teaching strategies to learn this summer that will still leave you time to... Let me back up a moment. That's not Minecraft. There isn't a right or wrong answer.

Minecraft Wiki - The ultimate resource for all things Minecraft 6 Tools for Teachers Technology has changed a lot about the way we live and work, but one area stands out as an exception: education. Many teachers still have to use the same tools—blackboards, textbooks, overhead projectors—that their own teachers used decades ago. That’s beginning to change. New apps, games, and websites are helping teachers work with their students in new ways and making it easier for them to connect with their colleagues. At the same time, states and districts are increasingly focused on giving teachers better feedback and doing more to help them keep learning. Thanks to these three trends, I think that in five years the average quality of instruction in America’s schools will be meaningfully better than it is today. I recently had the chance to spend time with some of the new technology products being designed for teachers. Of course, I’m not a teacher. BetterLesson hosts lesson plans for English and math from 170 master teachers.

Rennescraft : la vie des hauts ludiques* — [pop-up] urbain Quand @el_Reg nous a parlé de personnes qui modélisaient la ville de Rennes via Minecraft, notre coeur a fait boomboom (on parle de ce jeu merveilleux ici ou là). On s’est donc tourné vers les porteurs du projet Rennescraft pour en savoir plus sur cette hybridation entre cartographie et nouveaux imaginaires vidéoludiques. Thomas François et Kevin Fegar, de l’association 3HitCombo, nous racontent alors leur belle aventure rennaise. Pouvez-vous nous présenter le dispositif Rennescraft et ses objectifs ? Le projet de départ était une proposition d’animation sur 4 jours lors d’un événement organisé par la Ville de Rennes, notamment par son service innovation numérique, ainsi que la région Bretagne. « Le bâtiment que vous voyez n’est autre que Les Champs Libres et son planétarium (transformé en serre) » Nous avions déjà pu tester les potentiels du jeu Minecraft en ateliers, mais cette fois-ci l’idée était de pouvoir apporter aux joueurs un point de vue associé à la ville de Rennes.

The Minecraft Teacher Back to school. Long time no post. So one day I had this idea to use Minecraft in my class. It worked really, really well. It was transformative for both my students and myself. And I couldn’t figure out why no one else was doing the same thing. But one thing led to another and I ended up leaving a perfectly respectable teaching career to play a lot more Minecraft. I got to interact with amazingly talented people from all over the world. All that plus getting to work with some wonderfully Finnish geniuses who I now consider family. But I am leaving TeacherGaming and sailing away from Minecraft’s blocky shores for a while. I am going back to the classroom. It’s been an absolute honor to work with Minecraft. I feel quite lucky to have been involved during this unbelievably cool time period in Minecraft’s development. There are SOOOOOOO many amazing people doing inspiring work with Minecraft, both in and out of schools. I think I will be playing Minecraft forever. Peace out, kids. ~JoelP.S.

Minecraft in education - Minecraft Wiki Minecraft can be an educational tool that facilitates cooperation and teamwork among players. Educational benefits[edit | edit source] Minecraft can have huge educational benefits for children; it can help teach numerous subjects both with and without adult involvement. Mojang has recognized the educational potential Minecraft offers, and has partnered with to provide a 50% discount on Minecraft for educational institutions. Content suitability[edit | edit source] While the mobs (enemies) may be scary or overly frustrating for younger children, singleplayer contains no coarse language unless manually typed, no sexual or drug references, no gore (except on the Strength status effect's icon, which is only a blob of reddish pixels), and dead mobs simply turn red, fall over, and turn to dust. In multiplayer, others on the server may use coarse or inappropriate language when using the in-game text chat. Technical ability[edit | edit source] News Articles[edit | edit source]

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