For my final project, I created a learning experience through MinecraftEdu. This was my second time using MCEdu as a learning tool, and I felt that overall, it was a very powerful engagement for my students.

The videos I created to document the process will speak for themselves, so I will not repeat what can be viewed here.  The first one is the learning engagement overview, which summarizes the set-up and the story I created within the virtual world. The second video is a compilation of student reflections and thoughts about their experience after learning through MinecraftEdu.

What wasn’t fully covered in the videos above were some of the comments, quotes and dialogue that came out of the engagement. MinecraftEdu is where the experience happens, but most of the learning comes from student-centered reflection and dialogue that occurs offline and in-between the virtual sessions.

Before students even entered the world, and right after they were notified of their country of citizenship and socioeconomic standing, there were many questions about what was permissible. I tried to remain ambivalent and neutral about many of the concepts that came out of the initial conversations, so as to allow students to navigate the morality or need-based nature of these actions. Though not in their exact language, the questions, concepts, solutions or ideas that were generated before even stepping inside the virtual world centered around:

During the two week period students were interacting within the virtual world, there were many quotes and concepts that emanated from student-centered discussion groups. Some example quotes and concepts can be read here. Though not always exactly quoted, they are paraphrased to make them clear and concise:

The number of concepts that emerged from this engagement were so numerous that the leaning could have been taken in many different directions. However, we always brought our focus back to the central idea, lines of inquiry and related concepts. Here is the Understanding by Design unit overview. Any and all feedback is welcome.

4 Responses

  1. Nice work Diego! Where you live affects how you live! Love how you engage kids through huge conceptual aspects! Congrats!

  2. This is incredible. Very, very powerful. Could I email you for more specifics about how you set it up in the classroom?

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