Minecraft students are connected #catalystproject – Launceston…how can we keep them engaged?
On Friday I went to a forum for #catalystproject – Launceston. The reason I got an invite to this was due to having a well connected student, and in this case it was @natbott42. For an insight into the forum see the Storify Catalyst Project – Launceston. It is at this point I start to ask questions about how can we ensure that our students are connected and engaged in their learning. We need to provide opportunity for our students to connect with and develop good relationships with people in our community that they can learn from and with in a space that allows for this to occur in a manner that is a level playing field. I say this due to a situation I came across last year. One of my server admins is particularly talented and works tirelessly on the background workings of our server, managing our miners effectively. In a couple of weeks this will be around 120 students, so this is a serious activity on his part. Getting back to my point. Last year I started to see if it was possible for this student to be receive RPL for his learning with regard to a Cert 2 in a VET course. The response stumped me. Essentially, I was told by one learning institution that this would prove problematic for his pathway after high school… Yep, ok, that is as far as I will go with that.
I think the most important thing to consider here is not this being problematic but rather empowering for this student’s future learning pathway… My question is how can we ensure that we support engagement with learning rather than do the opposite? Does our current system support engaging students to be life long learners if there are blockers like this? How can we remove such blockers?
I am hoping that through the forum that I attended with @natbott42 on Friday there will be a way forward for our students. We have incredible young people who need challenge, real life reasons for learning and mentors to support their learning. They need to see value in their learning. Maybe this #catalystproject will provide one avenue for some of the students that I teach 🙂
We need to change the traditional model, we need to find a new one that suits the now and moves with tomorrow.