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SIXTY SEVEN Minecraft activities for learning, all FREE!

SIXTY SEVEN Minecraft activities for learning, all FREE!
Our recent posts about Minecraft-themed learning activities made clear that many of you are as excited about this kind of activity as I am (or that your kids and students are just as obsessed as mine are!) So I am sharing a whole collection of FREE activities featuring a Minecraft tie-in. This is a MASSIVE post of free activities, educational activities, and overall fun. Everything in this list was free when I found it, for a total of nine articles and SIXTY SEVEN links for free downloads or ideas. Bookmark this post — I'll add to it when I find more free resources! (New resources will be bold!)

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Minecraft Makes You Think For the past few years my kids have been under the Minecraft spell. In fact, they spend so much time immersed in its pixelated worlds that our name for homeschool is Minecraft High. And you know what? What is GeoCraft? GeoCraft is an innovative project for schools to increase pupils’ knowledge and understanding of geography and other subjects using Minecraft. Pupils work through a number of creative and engaging cross-curricular challenges using Minecraft, other technologies and classroom based resources. The Minecraft worlds utilise Ordnance Survey maps to build real life representations of geographical areas of interest throughout the UK and the project was awarded start-up funding from the Ordnance Survey 2013 Geovation awards. The project is currently being piloted throughout the UK with schools and other organisations. If you would like to get be involved in the project do not hesitate to contact us.

Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers With the thousands of educational apps vying for the attention of busy teachers, it can be hard to sift for the gold. Michelle Luhtala, a savvy librarian from New Canaan High School in Connecticut has crowd-sourced the best, most extensive list of apps voted on by educators around the country. “I wanted to make sure we had some flexibility because there’s no one app that’s better than all the others,” Luhtala said. Some apps are best for younger students, others are more complicated, better suited for high school students. Many apps do one thing really well, but aren’t great at everything.

20 Of The Best Study Apps For The Plugged-In Student - 20 Of The Best Study Apps For The Plugged-In Student by TeachThought Staff Teaching and learning through technology is a complex thing. Crafty Ways to Use Minecraft at School Maybe your child is one of the thousands hooked on Minecraft, a video game that lets players build with textured cubes in a virtual 3D world. Players can also explore seemingly endless worlds and time periods, gather resources, craft, and engage in combat. What you may not be aware of is the inherent educational potential of the game. Common Sense Media describes Minecraft as “an open-ended, exploration and creation focused environment…Players can create items and buildings from scratch using materials they harvest from the world around them…Kids can learn creative thinking, geometry, and even a little geology as they build imaginative block structures in this refreshingly open-ended mining and construction game.”

Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 1 due this October! Hello! You probably remember us talking about Minecraft: Story Mode back in December. It’s a narrative driven adventure made by Telltale Games which takes place in the world of Minecraft. Read on, crafter, because we finally have a release date! The first Episode of Minecraft: Story Mode will be released on Tuesday October 13th this year. 50 Fab Apps for Teachers Less Is More You don’t need a one-to-one classroom (one device for every student) to integrate tablets into instruction. Whether you have one tablet or five, possibilities for teaching with them abound. Single Tablet • Independent reading Load up your tablet with books in a reading app. Allow students to check out the tablet for the day or week for in-class use, just as they would a book from the class library. Have students sign a contract that they’ll handle the tablet properly.

Some Excellent Web Tools to Give Students A Voice in Class September 24, 2015 At the core of progressive pedagogy is the empowerment of students by giving them a voice in class and making them part of the decision making. Unlike traditional instruction where students are viewed as passive receivers of pre-designed knowledge, a progressive instruction is primarily student-centered and dialogic in nature. It views students as subjects with a sense of agency capable of co-constructing their own knowledge. This pedagogical stance is especially popularized by educationists such as John Dewy, Paulo Freire, Maxine Greene, and Vygotsky.

How Microsoft can use Minecraft to build its education strategy Educators had the right to feel a little freaked out about Microsoft’s announcement that it was acquiring Minecraft maker Mojang. Microsoft’s news release stated, “The Mojang team will join Microsoft Studios, which includes the studios behind global blockbuster franchises Halo, Forza, Fable and more.” Xbox head Phil Spencer’s blog said, “Minecraft adds diversity to our game portfolio and helps us reach new gamers across multiple platforms.” Minecraft Creeper Hello, Greetings from Hong Kong. This is my first Arduino project. I have worked with the handyboard and NXT few years ago. The Arduino seems popular and easy to get into for people from non-electronic background like me, so I decided to build something simple to get myself familiarize with the Arduino board and interfaces.

Free and easy-to-use mind mapping software MindMup is a web-based mind mapper that you can use free, with no limit on the number of maps. It supports multi-user, simultaneous access and, if you’re using MindMup’s free storage or storing maps locally on you computer, it requires no log in. This makes it an attractive tool for school use. That’s not to say that it’s a toy as it can be used for serious mapping. The user experience Starting to map with MindMup is easy – their motto of “Zero-friction free online mind mapping” is one that its designers have taken seriously.

Animation Apps For The iPad: iPad/iPhone Apps AppGuide Overview The iPad allows you to create your own animation based films. There are many apps available to help you accomplish this.