Grade 8 students’ perspective on their learning in Minecraft
School reports are about to go out to our students next week and this sparked an interesting discussion in my Grade 8 Minecraft class with regard to a need they felt was being missed – that of helping educate their parents about the learning that goes on in their Minecraft class. In the past I have been able to comment about the learning of students in this subject as part of the mid year report. This year our school has decided that written comment will only be made for full year subjects, this means that no comment is made for students doing Minecraft as it is a half year subject. As a class we discussed this and it became clear that students wanted their parents to be aware of what they were learning. So the students decided that we should run a number of articles in our school Pendulum, our weekly newsletter to the school community. Here is what we have published in that environment:
- 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:
- 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 (10) 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 ☺
Last week we had Roger Stack, the Senior Advisor for Digital Media and Engagement Marketing Services of the Dept of Education, visit our class. He has been a great supporter of the work we have been doing and wanted to see it in action. As a result of his visit he wrote a quick blog post stating:
“It struck me how difficult it was to comprehend the extent and depth of learning that was taking place even though I was standing there. The department of education strives to put “learners first, connected and inspired“… I was witnessing much more. I saw learners as teachers, leading and inspiring others – globally!”
If you visit http://taspoly.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/exposing-minecraft-learning.html you also get to see a PowerPoint that he has put together to help describe the things we are doing and learning.
Article 3. (this one will appear next week)
The grade 8 students have been learning a considerable amount in Minecraft this year and they wanted you, the broader community of Riverside High School, to have an idea of what they have learnt through the process of playing Minecraft. The following dot points are comments made by the students:
- This year in Minecraft I’ve learnt about leadership responsibilities, I’m currently taking on important roles in the overall community of Minecraft and the learning associated with it.
- I’m learning better communication skills with other people online and using that communication to build the vision we see for our community project.
- I have learnt basic 3D structuring and architecture, and the way to properly talk to other people online through chat and Skype.
- I have learnt a lot more about how important it is to communicate well and understand others and how far someone will go before they say “No”. And I’ve learnt when they say no you have to be respectful of their decision and cooperate to the best of your abilities.
- This year I have learnt how to communicate and cooperate with others as well as learning how to talk to other people online and off. This has really helped me in my learning beyond Minecraft.
- I’ve learnt that before you can proceed with your idea, you need to plan it out and that being precise is important if you want things to work correctly. I’ve also learnt that you need to communicate with others if you’re in need of help.
- This year I learnt to communicate through the internet, typing, cooperating and working together with other people online. It is easier to solve problems for a puzzle and get creative.
- I have learnt to work cooperatively with people I wouldn’t usually work with. I have become more creative and learnt more about teamwork and to help friends out. Minecraft has also been extremely fun.
- Minecraft is more than a video game. It’s a great way to get friends together and enjoy spending time together. A way to get the creativity flowing. I don’t see why this is overlooked so much. This year in Minecraft class I’ve learnt to spend time with people I enjoy hanging out with as well as do my schoolwork.
Grade 8 Minecraft class.