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Why Minecraft? Every day, more and more teachers are using the world-building game Minecraft to engage and educate. The game is a true phenomenon and gamers young and old are using it in countless creative ways. Practitioners of Games Based Education have realized the potential and have embraced Minecraft in classrooms around the world. Now you can too! What is MinecraftEdu? MinecraftEdu is the collaboration of a small team of educators and programmers from the United States and Finland. What do we offer? Educational discounts on the game - We are able to sell Minecraft at up to 50% off the full price. Our custom MinecraftEdu mod was created by teachers, for teachers.

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Toca Builders Dear Parent, Meet the Builders! They’re a nifty bunch here to help you realize your wildest construction dreams and plans. Excellent Resources on BYOD for Teachers Mobile technology is making explosive growth into our schools and classrooms.There is now a growing trend towards taking advantage of mobile devices to inspire learning and promote students engagement, but the problem is that school districts can not cover the costs of these devices and to provide every student with a gadget would be out of their affordability particularly with the shrinking budgets being allocated for high tech materials.However, several initiatives have been taken to counter this financial block facing the implementation of mobile technology in classroom and one of these initiatives is called BYOD ( Bring Your Own Device). BYOD is all about students bringing their Mobile gadgets from home ( like smartphones, tablets. laptops etc ) and use them for educational purposes inside the classroom. In this way students will be learning using the technology they are already familiar with and the shortage of mobile technology will be covered.

Transforming the Way We Learn: Why Minecraft is an Amazing Learning Tool Have you heard of Minecraft? If you have a gamer in the house, you may be familiar with it, as it’s one of the most popular games of all time, having sold more than 20 million copies. Considering how simple the concept is, and compared to some of the stunningly realistic visuals of many modern games, this 16-bit building game might seem like an unlikely best-seller. But in fact, gamers of all ages have been engrossed by it. The concept is simple: players build with 3D cubes (a bit like virtual LEGOs) in an infinite sandbox game world, with no specific goals or levels to beat. Ryan's Well Foundation Inspiring the Next Generation! It was Ryan’s Grade 1 teacher who first taught him about kids in other parts of the world living without access to clean water. With support, encouragement and helpful resources, Ryan proved that young people can make a big impact! We continue to support the efforts of students from around the world in creating positive change. Whether you’d like to learn more about the global water and sanitation crisis, are interested in fundraising or would like us to share Ryan’s story – we can help inspire your students to think beyond what they thought was possible of themselves! Take the 'Can You Imagine' Quiz!

minecraftinschool [licensed for non-commercial use only] / FrontPage This wiki is devoted to hosting ideas, lessons, implementation strategies and more related to using the game, Minecraft in a school setting Whether you use it in a computer/gaming club, as part of your regular curricular instruction, or even at home with your own children, Minecraft's simple yet scalable "sandbox" virtual environment can be an excellent tool for engaging student learning. The open-ended nature of the game lends it to application in a variety of subject areas. Game-based learning, virtual worlds, and simulations are emerging tools for reaching our learners. That's why this wiki was created. Are you an educator who also plays Minecraft?

Does the Apple fall far from the tree? – Sharing one iPad among many users 2012 K-12 Horizon Report The 2012 Horizon Report identifies mobile devices and tablet computing as technologies expected to enter mainstream use in education within one year or less. The mobility of these devices, their almost instant accessibility, the ease with which the touch screens promote interaction and the huge range of educational apps available for very reasonable prices appeal to both teachers and students. Research has found that the use of iPads and other mobile devices in the classroom improves engagement, supports multiple ways to access the curriculum and enhances assessment practices (Government of Alberta, 3 October 2011). The flexibility of mobile devices is undeniable. There's No Time to Differentiate: Myth-Busting DI, Part 2 The microwave oven is a great timesaver for getting any food on the table. Yet it's a taste killer. The more I use the grill and oven to cook meals for my family, the more I experience the diversity of tastes that come from grilled or baked salmon, chicken, and burgers, plus sautéed vegetables. A microwave oven dries everything out, and thus limits the tastes. There are days when I get home exhausted with work still to be completed, but I bypass the microwave most times. I value my family's need for flavorful meals over dried-out, tasteless food that I nuked just to check off a chore.

The Minecraft Teacher MinecraftEdu & Minecraft: Education Edition minecraftedu: As you might have already heard, Microsoft will be acquiring MinecraftEdu. You can read their announcement here. We’ll be posting FAQ on our website later today but here are some quick facts for MinecraftEdu users: You can keep using MinecraftEdu as long as you like.MinecraftEdu sales will continue normally for now.MinecraftEdu owners will be offered one year of the new Education Edition for free.MinecraftEdu Hosted Servers will keep working, and can still sign up for one.TeacherGaming won’t be going anywhere and we have new exciting plans for the future!We wanted to take the opportunity and share our thoughts on the matter. The Epic BYOD Toolchest (51 Tools You Can Use Now) You've got every device under the sun in front of you. Now what apps are you going to use? Here are the apps or app categories that I recommend you test for your school.

What Is Competency-Based Learning? What Is Competency-Based Learning? by TeachThought Staff Competency-based learning is an approach to education that focuses on the student’s demonstration of desired learning outcomes as central to the learning process. It is concerned chiefly with a student’s progression through curriculum at their own pace, depth, etc. As competencies are proven, students continue to progress. Like most things education-related, there is disagreement of what competency-based learning actually means, what its defining traits are, and how it should ideally be used or function. GETTING STARTED WITH MINECRAFTEDU ISTE NETS - Digital Age Skills 1. Creativity and Innovation Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

Secrets of Lost Empires by Dennis Gaffney The trebuchet was one of the most devastating weapons of the Middle Ages. During medieval sieges, this destruction machine crushed castle walls. Student-Driven Differentiated Instruction with "I Choose" How it's done: Definitions I Choose is a 30-minute block of time during the day that allows fourth, fifth and sixth grade students to rotate through various interventions within RTI or attend their choice of electives including peer tutoring, library, physical education, computers, or music. The program allows teachers the time for the differentiation they'd requested and gives the students a mix of valuable supports and enjoyable enrichments. Generating Motivation

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