Our Minecraft Journey

I learnt how to change my skin!

 

Over the last 7 months or so a group of enthusiastic students have embarked on a learning journey that has enabled them to create a new course at our school for 2012. The students will add their thoughts to this as this is their Minecraft Journey:

Minecraft as a subject at our school

It all began in Quest Atlantis, an online 3D gaming/learning subject run by Ms Batty. She approached us and asked us if we had played/heard of a game called Minecraft and what we thought of it from a learning point of view. This then grew into the idea of making Minecraft a subject at our high school.

The next day we organised an un-official meeting in our library to find people who would like to join in. After a few more un-official meetings and some brain storming we organised our first official meeting with Ms Batty. We established that our best chance of making this work was by organising a presentation to our principal to get her support.

We spent the next few weeks organising a PowerPoint, videos of Minecraft creations and researching other examples of “educational Minecraft.” During this time we came up with a name for what we had been doing. We called it Project M.I.S.T (Minecraft In School Transforming education.)  After a very successful presentation to our principal and one of our assistant principals, in which we got their 100% approval, we began brain storming what exactly we wanted students to get out of our subject.

We decided that creativity, leadership, teamwork, collaboration and working in a community were big things that we wanted to focus on. We started making rubrics, a charter and a LAN server.

We came across significant difficulties with our server, but after having some of our members join a Minecraft server and learning about how a good server runs and how to get people involved with an online community we were able to overcome most of these problems. We now have a lot more experience for when the subject begins. We also learnt about how to “avoid stepping on each other’s toes.”

The main reason we were motivated to do all these things to make Minecraft a subject in our school is that we enjoy it and see it as a tool rather than a game. There were a few problems though. Everybody had the same overall intention, but with different views and ideas of how it should be. This ended up making many arguments and having many disappointed people because their ideas were not used. Also, we had a few clashing personalities in our group.

There were some good things though. We got a group of us onto the Jokaydia Minecraft server and joined the community. It taught us many things, like how a server should be structured.

6 Comments

  1. I like trains. But yes minecraft is a realy good subject for schools. The creativity of minecraft and other yummy sutff. I built a house today in like 5 minutes. IT’s like 2 o clock and i stil gotta watch some videos so yeah leave other comments and stufffs.

  2. debhogg says:

    Hi Project M.I.S.T.!
    Thank you so much for sharing some of your experiences this year. I am a teacher in NSW (and also mother of a miner on Massively Minecraft!) and I love the fact that you are using the virtual world of Minecraft as another place to live and learn! I hope you realise how lucky you are to have a teacher like Ms Batty and I also hope that 2012 will be another amazing year of learning for you all.
    Good luck… and best wishes for Christmas and the New Year! (Santa knows about Minecraft T-shirts I believe!)
    Regards, Deb Hogg (Sydney)

    • dbatty1 says:

      Hi Deb,
      Thanks for the comment. I think this has been a bigger learning experience for me than the students! One student spent half an hour the other day trying very hard to teach me how to create a torch…I got there in the end (making a ridiculous number of pressure plates by accident) and it taught me a lot about listening and following instructions. The thing I love most is that it is student driven. I had no idea about the un-official meetings until they shared their written piece with me the other day. The presentation to the Principal and the AP was wonderful and allowed me to see each students ability when provided with an opportunity to follow their interest. Their commitment has also amazed me, all the work they have done has been in their own time. I think I am the lucky one, to have such determined and committed students. I have to say if Santa gave me a minecraft T-shirt I would be very happy indeed. 🙂

      I am also very appreciative of the time that Jo Kay (Massively Minecraft) has given through the students playing on her server and the discussions that she has had with them. Not to mention the support of the Principal. The collaboration on a range of levels is what is making this work.

      Cheers

      Donelle

  3. irynager says:

    Dear all participants of Project M.I.S.T.!
    I was very interested to read about all the organizational steps you had to undertake to implement this game as a learning program in the school; I always am looking for new creative/interactive programs for my students and a knowledge of someone’s experience of implementing it school-wide is very helpful.
    I am looking forward to reading the on-going comments of all participants and the coordinator of this Project to see the different points of view and also the changes of the opinions as the project goes on.
    Enjoy your journey into new reality!

  4. jordieeeeeeee says:

    I think that this minecraft program is a great thing to do in grade 9 and 10 if you are a huge minecraft fan. I would do this in grade 9 because i play it sometimes and because i like building houses and being creative and you get to build with other people.

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