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Announcing the New Community Hub + Introductions

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    Minecraft EDU Official Community manager
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    What great introductions! The Minecraft EDU Team has randomly selected a daily winner of our sweet Agent plushie!

    The winner today is Sarah Elliott- email mcedu@microsoft.com to claim your prize! We'll be picking random winners until August 31st from anyone who's replied to this thread. Keep 'em coming!

  • Dave Bettinger

    Hi Wendy, I'm Dave Bettinger. I'm a Technology teacher at Challenger Middle School in Colorado Springs and am using M:EE in both my 6th and 8th grade coding classes this fall. Last March, when we all transitioned to online learning, I successfully hosted a Minecraft world from my home and was able to have all my class members participate each day through the end of that quarter. This year I'll be attempting to have a hybrid of students in the classroom playing simultaneously with students who are joining in from their homes. The challenge there will be how to give the external students access to the same world as the students in school are using. Our district doesn't seem keen on opening up Port 19132 for me. They suggest a cloud-based server for the class. Your thoughts? Thanks for streamlining this community blog. Looks great! Dave

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  • Minecraft EDU Team Community manager
    Moderator

    Thanks Dave Bettinger for the introduction - so glad you're involved! We actually will be having an entire Remote Learning series next month, including an entire week dedicated to optimizing multiplayer with Mentor Stephen Reid. Sign up here, we hope to see you there! 

     

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  • Kirsteen Steven

    Hello I'm Kirsteen Steven a Support for Learning Teacher in West Lothian, Scotland. I have learned loads from Stephen Reid and his masterclasses over the summer and would love to get this into classrooms in my school this year. I believe it to be such a powerful medium for children to be able to demonstrate their learning; an environment they are in control of and are comfortable in.

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  • Dean Vendramin

    Hi I'm Dean Vendramin.  I live in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. I have been using MCedu for a few years now and love how the tool and the community has grown.  I look forward to continuing my journey using MCedu to provide students with engaging, empowering, and empathy opportunities.  I have used extensively with my high school math and social classes and have also nudged a few other colleagues to give this opportunity to students and both the teachers/students were grateful.  My Twitter handle is @vendi55

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  • Minecraft EDU Team Community manager
    Moderator

    Hey Kirsteen Steven so great to meet you! Stephen Reid is a rockstar - we hope you join us for our upcoming Remote Learning Series! https://aka.ms/MEERemoteLearningWorkshop

    I love the thought of giving students control - what are other projects aside from Minecraft that you gave control to your students? What did it look like/feel like?

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  • Minecraft EDU Team Community manager
    Moderator

    Hey Dean Vendramin! Thanks for sharing and adding your Twitter handle - love you are teaching with math and social!

    What are some things that have worked really well with your math and social studies lessons?

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  • Adam Tratt

    Welcome, everyone! I'm privileged to work with Minecraft EDU Team here at Minecraft where my team creates and curates lessons and other content to bring new learning opportunities to educators and students worldwide. We're always looking for ways to partner with members of our community to find and amplify great Minecraft lessons through our lesson library as well as hear your feedback about ways we can make the library of 750+ existing Minecraft lessons even more useful. One fun new thing we've been working on the past few months is the first season of the Minecraft Education Edition podcast that aims to bring educators' stories from the classroom to life... If that sounds interesting to you, subscribe wherever you get your podcasts or listen in a browser here.

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  • Minecraft EDU Team Community manager
    Moderator

    Woo hoo Adam Tratt thanks for joining! Mike Washburn and you are creating some awesome content.

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  • Michelle Thorpe

    Hello, everyone!  I am starting my 26th year as a teacher in Milton, Florida. I am the instructor for both the Advanced Manufacturing and Game Design Academies at Milton High School.  I incorporate MEE into both of these programs.  I absolutely love the versatility of MEE!  For example, with my advanced manufacturing students, I challenged them to use MEE to create scenarios with different types of fires and explain what type of extinguishers must be used for each to coincide with learning objectives in the Safety module.  In Game Design, students work in teams to recreate classic game video game characters or levels.  I have had them create a video game with rules, goals, obstacles, etc.  This Community Hub will be a great way to connect with others to share ideas and also to troubleshoot problems we may encounter.  

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  • Minecraft EDU Team Community manager
    Moderator

    Go Michelle Thorpe!! Incredible. I love the idea of Game Design Academies - would be fun to have a meetup with Game Design teachers and our game designers at M:EE sometime this year! So much great writing baked into design with the rules and goals! Can't wait to follow your journey this year.

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  • Nathan Richards

    Hi. My name is Nathan Richards. I work for Brisbane Catholic Education in sunny Queensland Australia. I work with a team of people who support over 75 000 students and 15 000 staff across 144 schools. In my position we support staff and students in the use of O365 and naturally M:EE. We have seen a significant increase in the use of the software since we released it to students. We are currently running our first organisation wide Minecraft Competition which has seen 705 teams registered. This represents 48 of our schools involving over 2500 students. (Here is a Link to find out more) I feel that we are barely scratching the surface at the moment in regards to the potential of M:EE and are seeing demand for support amongst our staff to learn more. I'm really looking forward to being apart of this community. Thanks

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  • Susie T

    Hello!!! Thank you all for posting introductions! I'm Susie and I work on Customer Engagement for M:EE. I know so many of you and can't wait to meet even more of our community members through the new Hub!! 

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  • GDay everyone. Noelene from Sydney, Australia. I'm work in Head Office and work with 2,200 schools (and over 600,000 students). My overall goal is to help them implement Minecraft Education into their teaching programs. Would love to connect with others and gain more ideas of how to use Minecraft Education.

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  • Robert Burke

    Hi, my name's Rob Burke.  I work with Nathan Richards at Brisbane Catholic Education in Queensland, Australia.  I am a teacher who now works for our head office.  I have the fortune of being able to introduce and support teachers from across all of our schools to Minecraft Education Edition.  As Nathan mentioned, our first Minecraft competition has been a great success and raised the profile of M:EE as a learning tool.  It's great to have this hub where we can connect and work together across the globe.  Thanks Minecraft team!

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  • Bron Stuckey Community moderator
    Moderator

    Hi everyone, Bron Stuckey here @bronst. I am an educational consultant and researcher who has worked with Minecraft now for over 10 years. I love Minecraft Education Edition and seeing how teachers and students bring it to life. I take a strong community, pedagogical, citizenship and sociability stance with Minecaft. I have been working for 6 months now with teachers in Australia using Minecraft for remote learning (Covid-19). This has been an amazing journey as teachers are realizing that they can offer new forms of sociability, community and innovation even in (maybe especially in) these circumstances. Professional community engagement makes my heart sing, so I am excited to meet up with you all in this revamped and re-energized space. Stay safe and awesome!

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  • Bron Stuckey Community moderator
    Moderator

    Minecraft EDU Team 2 quick things...

    I would love to read your own introduction and about your role in the Minecraft team - you're doing a great job of facilitation here :-)

    AND when I go to the form for the Remote Learning sign up the options are all radio buttons so there is not opportunity to be part of more than one. Is this how it was intended? Maybe I'm just greedy :-)

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  • Minecraft EDU Team Community manager
    Moderator

    Bron Stuckey great call! We switched it to multiple for #TeamGreedy :D We hope you come to ALL THE THINGS!

    And absolutely - I'm a crazy educator-turned-trainer-turned-program-manager with 15 years of experience helping grow communities of awesome teachers :) I recognize some folks from my past tenure being at the helm of the Google Certified Innovator community. So excited to see what's in store with this community! <3 

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  • Minecraft EDU Team Community manager
    Moderator

    Nathan Richards 705 teams?? SO AWESOME! What's your number 1 tip for scaling a competition like that across so many classrooms?

    And we'd love to host some kind of fun live event for the community to showcase your finalists, let us know if we can peek into your world sometime!

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  • Bron Stuckey Community moderator
    Moderator

    Nathan Richards your competition looks fantastic! I love that the build projects and activities will  be personal and locally meaningful. And I love that the competition is not singularly focused on the build component. It's very likely like you will be presented with an embarrassment of riches - I can't wait to see how it goes. Bravo! #goteamAussie

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  • David Jones

    Hi everyone! David Jones here from Melbourne, Australia. I am a primary school educator and currently a researcher in STEM education. I am a MIE Expert and Minecraft Mentor. I have been fortunate to work with our education department in our state with Minecraft Education and mentoring others with examples of usage. I see Minecraft as another form of pen and paper (a technology tool) to create, be curious and learn. 

    Can find me at @DJoneseducator on Twitter. 

    While I love using Minecraft with my students, I highly enjoy teaching other educators on the potential it has in their classrooms

    Thanks

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  • Bron Stuckey Community moderator
    Moderator

    David Jones  Great to see you here - you are always such a great contributor - waving from sunny Sydney!

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  • David Jones

    Thanks Bron Stuckey wouldn't miss it :) 

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  • Bron Stuckey Community moderator
    Moderator

    Adam Tratt lots of juicy goodness on the Minecraft: Education Edition podcasts! Enjoying the listen :-)

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  • Sarah Elliott
    Bug Spotter

    Hi everyone! I'm Sarah Elliott, a Minecraft Global Mentor from Toronto, Canada. I've been an educator at the Royal Ontario Museum for 19 years, and have been lead developer on the museum's Minecraft virtual visit program for the last four. The Minecraft program was conceived as a way to pivot virtual visits to an active learner model, and I've recently received the green light to transition from our Museum-run Java server to creating Minecraft: Education Edition lessons. It's been amazing to see the power Minecraft has to engage students across our province and connect them with museum objects at a distance, and I'm incredibly excited to dive into these new EE-based programs. You can follow me on twitter @MuseumGirlSarah, and my Minecraft-related work (past and future) gets tagged with #ROMminecraft.

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  • Grant Shipton

    Hi, Grant from the Brisbane Catholic Education Office. I have the pleasure of working with a fantastic team of advocates such as Nathan Richards & Robert Burke who deliver and model lessons using Minecraft in the classroom to support the upskilling of our teachers to feel confident in implementing Minecraft into their curriculum. Follow me at @MrShipton01 on Twitter

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  • Monica Joshi

    Hi everyone! I am Monica Joshi, a Minecraft Global Mentor from India. I am the IT Head at Sat Paul Mittal School India and it's been beautiful 21 years I am around children in school education system.  It's been amazing four years to use MEE to engage students across curriculum in all parts of the lesson plans - Introduction, Development, Summation and Evaluation accross all grades ( K-12). I love when my children create and my teachers learn from them. I work upon game based learning using Minecraft Education Edition which helps students to create, communicate. collaborate and enjoy. Looking forward to learn from the other community members

    You can follow me on twitter @klnamya and you can see my Minecraft related work at YouTube Channel @TechnocratNJ

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  • Barri Mock

    Hello! I'm Barri Mock from Wales, UK. @RCCS_MrMock on twitter. I teach Welsh in an English medium school and a certified trainer and Global Mentor. I love creating worlds and bespoke lessons and challenges for a whole-range of different subjects and co-lead an enrichment club at our school using Minecraft: Education Edition. During the new academic year, I'm looking forward to developing more use of eSports for the club and developing projects with feeder schools for transition. I work mainly with 11-16 year olds and love appsmashing with Flipgrid and Adobe Spark and other platforms and apps to expand the range of possibilities.

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  • Leearna Borg

    Hi, I’m Leearna from Sydney, Australia. I’m a primary school educator. I’ve used Minecraft for a couple of years now with my code club students and have been keen for fellow staff to jump on board. Staff at my school have recently signed up to be part of the Minecraft innovation project. Through this we hope to better learn how to utilise Minecraft to assist students in meeting learning outcomes.

    twitter @leearna11

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  • Kelley Predieri Community moderator
    Expert (Gold) Moderator Beacon of Knowledge

    HI! I'm Kelley Predieri from Jacksonville, FL. I first started using Minecraft for Education in my Language Arts classroom when students asked if they could build a replica of the island in Lord of the Flies in Minecraft instead of building a physical model. I was blown away by what they did and from that point forward I worked on ways I could integrate Minecraft even more into my 8th grade Language Arts classroom. The results I saw were outstanding. Students who were apprehensive to read and sometimes would totally avoid doing work were suddenly the hardest working students in the class and were able to grow their confidence to even successfully complete assignments not involving Minecraft. There is nothing better to see than students excited and wanting to learn. Now, I work as a Technology Innovation Coordinator for our district and am working to empower teachers in bringing Minecraft into their classrooms. 

    Follow me on twitter: @k_predieri

    Edit to add screenshots from my most recent projects. To scale model of my former school and a training facility for professional development in our school district.

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