I lurked a little in Part I although other things kept me from catching all of it, but I'm hoping to be more active in Part II!
I am a school library media coordinator in the same district as MrPeters, although I work with grades 4-6. I have loved the access to resources and tools that our 1:1 laptop initiative has given our students over the last five years. I think that game environments like Minecraft and quest-based learning could help us use even more of the potential offered by technology tools. (We need to get beyond just making presentations with Keynote and iMovie, etc.) I'm not sure how many of our teachers or administrators have any awareness of game-based learning, so I think my quest is to expose the adults to it so that they will want to use it with their students.
I got into this whole thing because my teenage daughter begged me for World of Warcraft, I gave in when she had all As one semester, and then I got more hooked on it than she was. As I played I started to see how brilliantly designed it is, teaching users how to play as you go through initial quests and offering a broad variety of activities to keep people engaged. It seemed like a great model for education. The Inevitable Betrayal guild has been a wonderful learning community and a great model for how educational professionals could support each other.
I've played a bit on Minecraft, too, and I think it would be a better fit for my students. I have to get some teachers hooked, though, before I'll be able to sell it to my administration. Right now, teachers tend to see it as a huge distraction (when kids sneak it onto their laptops).
Collaboration: I'd love to share ideas with any of the other elementary/middle school level folks!
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Welcome back. Thanks for the comment about students sneaking in Minecraft when they're not suppose to play it.
I have this idea of reading/building club using Minecraft. I would propose having kids reading a book or books and then building wherever their imagination takes them. I think a Minecraft server could be a digital maker space. Of course full disclosure talking to some people about a Minecraft hack-a-thon maybe through an ISTE SIG in spring 2014.
I have this idea of reading/building club using Minecraft. I would propose having kids reading a book or books and then building wherever their imagination takes them. I think a Minecraft server could be a digital maker space.
I love the book-based creations idea! I think it would give kids a focus and administration some reassurance. : )