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Through My Eyes: Final Musings on Minecraft Math
ECI 832 / Major Project / Through My Eyes

Through My Eyes: Final Musings on Minecraft Math

“A motivated learner can’t be stopped.” -Marc Prensky Minecraft merges learning outcomes with the motivation of a game that has limitless potential for creativity and collaboration.  Our major project has been marked by many highlights, memories and learning.  In this final installation of Through My Eyes, I look back on the essential questions that inspired our … Continue reading

ECI 832 / Reflections

So Long Little Boxes! One Life is All We Need.

Creepypasta.  Have you heard of it?  I hadn’t, until a student started sharing about her favorite online spaces.  Creepypasta made the cut (they’re internet horror stories, intended to frighten readers and not intended for readers under 13).  I felt like I was twice my age, trying to appear at least slightly less confounded than I felt … Continue reading

Minecraft: The Sandbox Game You Can’t Really Box
ECI 832 / Major Project / Reflections

Minecraft: The Sandbox Game You Can’t Really Box

I’ve spent the last month scanning handfuls of articles related to Minecraft and its impact on student learning.  Gamification and game-based learning are two of the most commonly tied words to Minecraft. Unfamiliar with the true implications of either word and unable to distinguish between the two, I started to investigate these commonly used edtech … Continue reading

Stepping Out and Stepping In
ECI 832 / Major Project / Reflections

Stepping Out and Stepping In

I’m learning valuable things about Minecraft these days.  I’m figuring out the landscape of the game:  its parameters, settings and features. I’m beginning to make connections with the MinecraftEdu community.  I’m immersed in the language of Minecraft, officially becoming an additional-language learner in my classroom.  And I know, I’m only starting to scratch the surface of … Continue reading