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Minecraft Teacher Academy May Cohort (with NCCE - Aaron & Charity)

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  • I tried to make a fish pool… It didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to but it was still fun trying!

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  • BARBARA VAIL

    I am amazed each day by the capabilities of Minecraft to be used as a learning platform. I had no idea about most of the features we have been learning about, and am so excited to be able to bring this to my students next year. Be that as it may- I am super frustrated every time I try to do anything! It seems so far over my head at the moment, but I feel I will be able to use these feelings to help my students next year as there will be some that are starting from the level 0 as well! 

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  • Chesley West

    Continuing to learn to play is always great... I don't expect to become the expert that my students are, but I really want to be able to collaborate with them effectively through knowing the game and "speaking their language".  That certainly fosters stronger human connections between myself and my students and between student, themselves, as peer collaborators.

    I especially enjoy the assessment and feedback tools that can be applied formatively and summatively.  The Camera, Portfolio as well as the Book and Quill are excellent for tracking progress and for submitting final assessments.  The ability to copy and paste text in different languages is a very nice feature, as well, for those who teach in languages other than English.  An amazing, informative week 2.

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  • Hi,

    My students are working on I in Identity activity. Students are engaged and are having fun creating artificats in the musuem, reflecting their identities. They are presenting their work to each other and undrstanding about their peers. They are able to make connections  about their identities that make them uniquie individuals. 

    Following are few things my Ss shared:

    Identity is made of…

    -values, culture,language, beliefs, religion, spirituality, clothes, food, stories

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  • I am excited about all the ways I can teach and assess students through Minecraft!  I love that it is a motivational and engaging platform for students.

    Since next year is the first year that student's in my district will have access to Minecraft, I want to start out in our school with a Minecraft club for 3rd - 5th graders.  I will invited teachers from my school to come in and see what students can do in Minecraft and how it can help support instruction.  I would love guidance from anyone who has done this before!

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  • Aaron Hubler

    Awesome posts! I am so motivated and excited when I hear about what you are working on and what is being struggled through! When we struggle through learning something new we can better empathize with our students who struggle to learn our content or new concepts. 🎉🎆🎇

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  • As a Minecraft expert, I am so excited to be learning alongside new educators and making connections with other experts! I can't wait to get this certification and hope to share maps on this platform!

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  • Jen Crook

    I have been muddling through Minecraft for the last year.  I have come a LONG way.  Most of my struggles are with the server blocking incoming traffic into my home network (fully virtual teacher).  I also struggle running it on my home computer because updates are not automatic and once a new update is released, there is no notification...it just quits working.  These seem like small things but they are horribly time-consuming, especially if you have a class full of kids waiting to get on and play.  

    My other struggle is the time-consuming aspect.  I would love to create something to go with Idaho history next year but I feel like I am so slow and I will not be able to accomplish what I am trying to do.  I would love to integrate our district's assessments for social studies into Minecraft just to liven things up.  

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  • Dionne Lewis

    I too as Chelsy West said, "I am learning as I go". I agree that in order to collaborate and make a connection with the students you need to know and be in the game

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  • Debbie Alexander Community moderator
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    Hi, Jen Crook I think those sound like incredible ideas! I agree that the updates with no notifications are a challenge; I am on a Mac and my students ate of PCs, which means that they auto-update and I do not, and I run into the same problem when we share worlds. 

    May I make a suggestion about your super ideas about integrating social studies and Idaho history? If you simplify a bit, you can have your lesson without spending a lot of time creating a world! Have your students work in a simple flat grass world and write answers to questions you created on boards, which they can answer on another board. They can take pictures of their answers with a camera and send them to you using book and quill. Some answers can involve building if it applies to a question - be creative as you and your students' skills grow. Let me know if you have questions! Good luck!

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  • Chesley West

    I have been using MEE in teaching G8 students about our lifestyles in the 19th century.  Rather than explore in 2D, via "traditional" learning resources, students researched various elements of the lifestyle and period and created their own traditional fishing villages.  They then took turns giving the class a "walking tour" around their town.  An extension, for this, would be - with enough tech power (server) - to have everyone build together and to create a full town.  They could build their individual homes and then work cooperatively to build town infrastructure.  Here is a link to a video a student created to just give some indication of what we can do.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ys7v37Wievo

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  • I just completed the Hour of Code lesson and I have to say that it was really fun! I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I can't wait till next year starts to have my students working with coding to see what they can do!

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  • Aaron Hubler

    Juliette,

    That is awesome! I am glad you enjoyed it and that you are seeing ways that your students can get involved with coding as well!

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  • I'm very happy with the lessons from the community, as a MENTOR, I must say that MEE, it's very fantastic, they were of paramount importance to our community, we are building a monument of our city, it's getting very beautiful.

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