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

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

Through My Eyes: Launch Week
ECI 832 / Major Project / Reflections / Through My Eyes

Through My Eyes: Launch Week

Some might have wondered at the conversations overheard in my room this week… Me: “I just destroyed one of those big green guys.” Student: “Oh, that’s a zombie!” Me: “Eeeew! There’s this weird.. something… I don’t know what it is… that the zombie left behind!” Student: “Oh.  That’s just a piece of zombie flesh.  Go pick it up!  You … Continue reading

ECI 832 / Major Project

One Major Project, Many ‘Miner’ Details

It’s Launch Day!  Today we officially begin our Minecraft adventure with the students.   Last week I embraced my pirate spirit and set out on a #tlap mission to create some serious buzz leading up to the launch (shout out to the incredible lead pirate, Dave Burgess for his inspiration and idea-sparking sessions at the SMYA Conference!). … Continue reading