I am a technical support specialist in five schools, K-12, in west-central Vermont. While my professional responsibilities are technical in nature I'm always looking over the fence to the ed tech side where everyone seems to be having great fun. I want to have fun, too, and hope to raise awareness about game-based learning using computers.
Problem-solving games, puzzles, scavenger hunts, and virtual worlds are among my favorites. Minecraft is now on my horizon. I've been watching tons of tutorials to see how it's being used in schools and would like to make a presentation to the school admins recommending Minecraft Edu. I would also like to get OpenSim up and running at school, maybe as an after-school club, initially.
I've been reading up on games; Jane McGonigal's Reality is Broken, Lee Sheldon's Multiplayer Classroom, and currently Jesse Schell's The Art of Game Design. Videos of TedTalks and online lectures have been informative, as well.
Students enjoy the opportunities that virtual worlds afford them; taking on a new identity, feeling free to take risks and experience failure on the way to mastering challenges.
I'm creating a simple gbl activity for teaching 4-6 grades about Digital Citizenship. The platform is a Google Site. There are four missions to complete; lessons on digital citizenship with accompanying activities, quizzes, creating comic strips, and a digital superheo, and a boss raid, Google presentation, at the end to pull everything together and showcase their artifacts of learning. Throughout the missions the students earn XP and level up from a Novice Digital Citizen to a Cadet DC, Ranger DC, General Master DC, to Super Digital Citizen. I would love for someone to critique the activity.
I enjoy collaborating with others very much and look forward to opportunities to do so.
Thank you for joining our mooc, sounds like you are already in the thick of things and have a lot you can add to our knowledge. We will be using MineCraft in the Summer, I have spent quit a bit of time immersed in that game to prepare, have dogs, have pups, have been to the netherworld, etc. My favorite world? The Arctic one, even if it is hard to find cactus... and you?
Hi Fellow New Englander! Minecraft is on my horizon as well. Want to really dig in. The kids love it on their own. So many possibilities - so little time... I will send you the common core games that I have. I need to reorganize the links a bit but will get to you as soon as I can.
Have a great weekend!
A skilled teacher knows that technology implementations won't have any impact as long as you try and retrofit them on to outdated teaching methods. Only when combined with the creativity and ingenuity of dedicated teachers can technology have a truly disruptive and transformative effect. "