Minecraft – creating understanding

Minecraft is a half-year elective subject at Riverside High School for grade 8,9 and 10 students. It focuses on citizenship, leadership development, community, collaboration, problem solving, creativity and communication. The students manage the server that we run. They monitor behaviour and learning both in the class time and outside of class time, our server is 24/7 hence students are welcome to play anytime. We have a charter set up that has been devised by students to ensure that they understand what is expected and the culture that we develop on the server and in the classroom is based on these shared expectations. It however, goes beyond this; students are learning so many different things. Using Minecraft as a bridge, students can explore almost anything they wish. So far this year the following have been included as part of student designed learning:

  • Server management
  • PaintShop pro (Video graphics / website graphics)
  • Video editing (Recording people’s work)
  • Creating and managing websites

Further to this students have learnt about:

  • History
  • Art
  • Culture
  • Language
  • Technical literacy
  • Ethical behaviour
  • Standards and expectations of modern day society
  • Creating an online identity

 

For and insight into one student’s learning journey with Minecraft from grade 6 to now visit: http://projectmistrhs.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/a_flemings-reflection-on-minecraft-and-my-learning-experience-in-game/

@falconcadet wrote this short piece about our learning in consultation with Ms Batty over Skype on a Sunday evening, school times and walls don’t exist for us anymore. We are changing the way we learn at school ☺

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