Today was an exciting day for us as we are slowly ironing out some of the problems that we face using Minecraft within a school setting. It appears that we have worked out, through much discussion within the class, how to ensure that we can all logon to www.minecraft.net without too much issue. As many of you would know in a school setting you will often get an error message about your passwords or login name when trying to logon even though what you have entered is correct. We have discovered that if you give logging on a rest for 15 mins then things seem to settle and all is fine. For us, due to the fact that we have a class straight after lunch, it does mean that we have to ask students who are not in the class to refrain from using minecraft during their break. So far so good – thank you 🙂
The other really cool thing that happened today with regard to collaboration and problem solving was that of bartering. Our students are currently working on collaborative builds in small teams. Although they are working in these small teams they are still very aware of what other teams are doing and wanting to achieve. A number of our students are very successful miners and consequently have chests full of valuable wares. As a result of this today we had students starting discussions with other teams to see if they could help support each other in achieving their aims. Consequently some very impressive bartering occurred. What an amazing tool for learning!