Minecraft

Connected Learning.tv’s month-long series about Minecraft in Education is mixing the usual insightful Google Hangout discussions with in-game sessions during which educators play Minecraft. Last Tuesday evening educators played inside Temple University’s Minecraftedu server in the first of three opportunities this month to attend playful professional learning in the blocky biomes of the wildly...
As part of Connected Educator Month, which is taking place in the month of October, Hive Learning Networks and Educator Innovator at the National Writing Project are faciltiating a series called Learning Aloud Geekouts! The series kicks off on Monday, September 30 at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT. This special kickoff is an "unHangout" event where educators in the Maker movement will facilitate...
This year we begin our spring testing with civics and economics - the course I teach. Since we test first, we have several weeks of classes left after testing. In hope of sparking each student's drive, I've invited them to undertake capstone projects in government, politics, economics, or career readiness. I've offered up some suggestions for planning and iterating projects, and I've put forth...
In my 8 years of teaching I have never seen students so excited and engaged. They run up to me in the halls to tell me what they plan to do next class. They draw pictures about the game in art. They sit at the lunch tables and strategize their next building projects. And not only the boys, but girls too. --Joel Levin, a.k.a. Minecraft Teacher Joel Levin teaches computer classes at a private...