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Minecraft Teacher Academy May Cohort (with Dean-Aspire 2Be)

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  • Ho Tong Choi

    Love it!!😍

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  • Looking forward to learning how to do Minecraft so that my grandkids will think I am cool!

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  • So far I have used MEE specifically for my 11-yo technology class, in the chapter dedicated to Structures. Students had to cooperatively build basic structural elements, such as pillars, lintels, arches, vaults, etc., and then move on to complex structures, such as truss bridges, suspended bridges, towers and buildings. Loved the experience!

    Here is a slideshow presentation explaining the Minecraft Build-A-Thon v1.0!

    And here is a photo album of one of the students teams, showcasing their constructions. You can see them all proud around their brand-new structures. ^_^

    What I'd love to do is develop my knowledge about redstone mechanisms and be able to implement circuits that function as logic gates (AND, OR, XOR, NOT...) for my computer science class. Will take some time, though, I'm afraid!

    ^_^ Lovely tool.

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  • Greetings from Greece! Here's something we are building in class with different group of highschool students, for the past five years. So, in Minecraft we combined History class, Art and design, Project Based Learning in order to simulate the ancient Greek civilization. Theodore Chryssikos (Doukas School, Athens, Greece)

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  • One of the biggest and best things I learned this week is just how much passion and enthusiasm there is out in the education community for using MEE with young people.  I have been lucky to witness first hand the power and impact MEE can have on our young people in a range of age groups.  I have seen it engage learners in digital learning and games based learning in ways I could not have imagined.

     

    Building story settings from a class novel, using it to create icons from cultural events, sharing learning from Sciences and replicating local historical monuments are a few of the ways I have been able to watch creativity, imagination and outstanding crafting skills.

     

    It is great to level the playing field for the learners and allow them to teach the teacher too!  Having spoken to sone of the others in the cohort and listened to what they are doing I can't wait to do even more and am keen to look at working with my pupil digital leaders to build an MEE virtual school building which can be shared with our new P1 cohort to help them get to know the school.

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  • Jo Puckering

    I'm inspired by all the amazing things that students are doing in MineCraft and the potential! I just want to get to a place where I can inspire Teachers to dive in and look forward to having some fantastic case studies to share too.... I want to explore from our earliest learners in Primary so I can build on the progression... Let the journey begin!

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  • Last year, I attempted to learn Minecraft on my own and ended up giving up. It was beyond the failure dynamic because I didn't have a teacher and didn't know how to succeed. I'm so glad I learned about this program! I can tell that this cohort is going to help me learn with less struggle. 

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  • Nancy Biddinger

    My goodness, I was challenged with the NPC tools! I was glad to have videos, tutorials, PDFs & the practice tutorials - it took all of them to get me to a good place.  (Although, for some reason, by the time I left, I was dropping eggs like there was no tomorrow!)

    I am rather pleased to have embedded a relevant URL in my first NPC.  It's a Newsela article about a student using Minecraft to evaluate mental health. Genius! https://newsela.com/read/teen-develops-video-game-mental-health/id/2001024104/

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  • Neil Rae

    Awesome work Nancy! Typical teenage response? 

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  • Neil Rae

    Having just read the next part of the module, I wish I'd added the command options /give @parent peace and /give @parent grief ;-)

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  • This week I am working to improve my navigation - to not destroy or "mine" items I only mean to interact with.  I noticed on one of the community threads that someone was looking for a way to prevent that from happening and I'm grateful for the responses.

    When I taught kindergarten we were "The Busy Bees" so I am looking at the "Bee Creative" monthly challenge.  I've already had to restart the game because I've destroyed some things that I just wanted to engage with. LOL  I feel as if I am all thumbs - and it's very humbling.  It helps me to keep my learners in mind as I develop resources and plan for professional development.  

    I've completed the course work, but will be using the time set aside on my calendar to dig deeper in Minecraft so that I am better prepared to support teachers next year - and to play with my grandkids this summer.

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  • Graeme Robertson

    It is so inspiring to watch learners value MEE in their learning to the point that they themselves are coming up with their own concepts.  A group of learners approached me with a request to start a build based around the Titanic.  Not only did they have their own idea but they organised their own shared world, built collaboratively and used the book and quill to record their progress, challenges and learning.  Alone this provides valuable assessment information but more so a focus for enriching discussion and questioning.  Truly an example of PLAY - CRAFT -LEARN in practice.

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  • Absolutely brilliant session with two autistic kids who struggle with group work. Both were so excited to find out we were using Minecraft after REALLY not wanting to work together. Started in a survival world, and within minutes, they were delegating tasks to each other - "You get some wood, I'll go find some food!" They didn't want to leave at the end, and can't wait to continue on next week.  Lots of talking back and forth - hugely successful social sessions for them.  

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  • Knowing how to make a world ready for a robust group of students is incredibly helpful.  I train teachers and one of the first questions I will be asked is how can they protect the learning elements of a world & prevent destruction when destruction is not part of the learning plan.  Going deeper into settings and seeing how to protect elements is extremely helpful & will teachers buy in to this tool.  Students will be engaged in fresh ways and think their teachers are way smarter than they ever thought!

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  • Oliver Cook

    We have had fun over the last few weeks, building a Minecraft version of the school, utilising MEE as a tool for building a mentoring relationship and creating a early maths skills lesson

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  • Been really enjoying jumping back into minecraft after a while off. Currently investigating minecraft and eSports at school and we have had loads of successful sessions using the make and model worlds. 

    Children have really showcased their skills.

    We have also been working on commentating or #shoutcasting and some of the children are naturals. 

    Very keen to develop my pixel art project for Y3 next half term.

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  • The best thing for me as a teacher is the chance to experience what the children are experiencing.  Learning along with them and learning from them.  It empowers them as learners and leaders of learning as well as build stronger relationships with them in my experience.

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  • Grace Lawlor

    Hey guys is the weekly "homework" basically the knowledge checks on the MIcrosoft Learn courses or is there more?

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  • Keeping students engaged after this pandemic period takes extra effort and MEE classes are really valued by them. Even our students with special needs do not want to stop participating and are increasingly involved in the learning process! Thanks family MEE!

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  • My "Stranger Things" discovery has been the "Totem of Undying".  Apparently in more robust games, your character runs the risk of disaster.  This single use element will give you a 2nd chance. Love learning how this game works!

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  • This week I got some extra help and had two grandsons show me around their own Minecraft biomes.  They were excellent (and enthusiastic) trainers. My older grandson is rather quiet, but he spoke almost nonstop & with enthusiasm about this game and was very patient and encouraging with my early steps. Both boys shared tips on how to maneuver, etiquette when visiting other games and some of their favorite creations. It's going to be a fun summer learning with them. 

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  • Graeme Robertson

    Whilst completing the 'Stranger Things' task for Twitter I couldn't help but think of my chosen inventory item as some kind of low budget movie which mixes together way too many movies like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!  :)

    (Yes I did mention TMNT.....!)

    "Minecraft: The Lingering Potion of the Turtle Master"

     

    In all seriousness though.  Tasks such as this are a great way of making you have a look around and get to know what is in there to work with and get creative with.  It really does show how powerful, versatile and varied learning with MEE can be.

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  • We try to build as many parts of our self-sufficient town by code. Here is an example of a field built by the agent:
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  • Debbie Alexander Community moderator
    Bug Zapper Beacon of Knowledge Super Star Moderator

    I am loving all of the creative applications, everyone! Keep sharing with the community. When one of us shines, we all are warmed! =]

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  • I enjoyed the first training by our amazing facilitator Dean Garza.  Having more time to learn about Placing the blocks was fun for me!  I look forward to more amazing discoveries.

     

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