Embarking on a fantastic voyage of learning with Minecraft? Let’s review the building blocks of project-based learning success. Minecraft Global Mentor, Benjamin Kelly (@BBTNB), starts us off with this project, Minecraft Musical Chairs:
Anatomy of a Project
Texas educators may want to add a few more components to Ben’s project task card:
TEKS and ELPS
Formative assessment activities.
Let’s take a closer look at these building blocks.
Block #1 : Student Will Be Able To (SWBAT)
Jared Dees writes “SWBAT stands for “Students Will Be Able To….” Use SWBAT to focus a lesson plan on what the students learn by doing. Ask yourself “How do these verbs Jared includes align to what students do in Minecraft?”
Block #2: Relevant TEKS and ELPS
Learning happens on the messy journey from problem to solution. Aside from using The TEKS Resource System, hook students with a problem scenario. Match the grade level TEKS to a core content-embedded scenario.
In Ben’s example, students show how they can work together. They construct a 3D physical representation of their learning by first developing construction criteria together and then adding their own positive improvements. In this way, student-architect teams achieve constructions they could not do alone.
The 3D model of the human body is highly detailed, accurate. The model reflects the selected system with a high degree of accuracy. Each component is clearly labeled. Signs and Non-Player Character (NPC) provide functional details. Critical fluid flow is accurate and possible. Specific information on how size, scale, properties, and materials are included. 3D human body modeling is evident, analyzed, and explained.
While you can teach this lesson the old-fashioned way , using Minecraft: Education Edition makes students architects of their own learning in 3D virtual environments. Research shows this is a growing future work trend (source).
Be sure to check out these links to additional lesson ideas.
As I have shared in the past, I've been exploring how to best accomplish tasks that I would usually use a laptop or desktop computer with an iPad. One of those tasks includes creating narrated slideshows that can be used to illustrate a concept and/or share information. BTW, allow me to acknowledge Dr. Tim Tyson's term, rough and ready quickcasts, which I stole from this blog entry. Thanks, Dr. Tyson!
Classroom teachers might find the creation of narrated slideshows--whether those are created with Powerpoint or a series of images arranged to effect--useful as a result of the recent reflection about the Flipped Classroom:The flipped classroom model encompasses any use of using Internet technology to leverage the learning in your classroom, so you can spend more time interacting with students instead of lecturing. This is most commonly being done using teacher created videos (aka vodcasting) that students view outside of class time.It is called the flipped class because the whol…
Did you miss the announcement yesterday about the EdTech 2020 Virtual Conference? It's not too late to find out more about this exciting, first time event for Texas State University. The virtual, graduate student organized conference offers engaging virtual sessions. The sessions are available in both synchronous (Saturday, April 25, 2020) and asynchronous (video recordings) formats.
Wait, wait, there's more! You can interact with speakers via live chat from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Central) on the day of each event.
Watch the Interview with the Organizers
Curious about the planning that went into this event? Get the inside scoop. Watch this 23 minute video available via YouTube: