Summer continues with more educator professional development and more epic student work!
Starting us off, is Coast USD, in Cambria, CA with a well made video from their Minecraft Camp 2014, featuring student work and student feedback!
Lightspeed Systems Thanks! Minecraft Camp was rad as heck! student created video from YMCA! https://t.co/G0voHrwbRR— Coast USD (@CoastUSD) July 31, 2014
Thanks for the share!
This week on the twitter roundup we have some maker camp action, and educators demonstrating some great MinecraftEdu techniques for other educators.
Kicking us off is a radical reimagining of Minecraft textures in a vine from the Young Makers Lab.
— Young Makers Lab (@YoungMakersLab)July 23, 2014
Thanks for the share!
Welcome to this week’s roundup! We skipped a post last week because we were in sunny Atlanta, Georgia attending ISTE 2014 ! So this week we’ve got a few extra tweets to share!
Kicking us off this week is a tweet from @johnnyreb, a teacher from Maynooth, Ireland with a well composed and comprehensive write-up on his experiences using MinecraftEdu in the classroom. He includes references to the materials he used, where he found good information and a great explanation of how and why MinecraftEdu worked for him and his classes.
Thanks for the share!
Summer is in full effect! Schools here in the U.S. are wrapping up, and shifting gears to SUMMER CAMP! Meanwhile, in other parts of the world, students are moving into a new academic term, or preparing for a break. No matter the location, students and educators all over the world are doing some great work with MinecraftEdu.
Lots of great work this week on Twitter by both teachers and students! But first, we want to remind those in the UK about our spot on BBC Breakfast, that will be airing Friday, June 20, that features our own Santeri Kovisto! It will also be available on the web.
Kicking us off this week is a tweet from Santeri about a news report on German television about students using MinecraftEdu for chemistry and computer science.
— Santeri Koivisto (@Aalvisto)June 18, 2014
There was a lot of great stuff on twitter this week! Here’s a slice of what we saw!
The segment should air next week! Thanks for the share!
Next up is a photo of a student model of soil contamination made in Minecraft. This is a great example of the kinds of alternative visual modeling that can be done by students using MinecraftEdu.
Thanks for the tweet!
Here we have a photo from Mia Billmark, a teacher in Sweden, who tweets her students as they execute their builds!
Thanks for sharing Mia!
Jay Eitner, Superintendent of Lower Alloways Creek School District in New Jersey shares a photo of students engaged in MinecraftEdu.
Here in the U.S., many schools are winding down for the summer and it can be tough keeping kids involved in lessons as the school year comes to a close. As Jay here illustrates, it’s not so tough with MinecraftEdu. Thanks for the tweet!
Our next tweet comes from Mr. Wideen, showing students working on multiple games in an enrichment period.
We love seeing students hard at work with Game-Based Learning! Thanks for the share Mr. Wideen!
Lastly, we have a tweet from a Special Education teacher in Melbourne, Australia.
What we love about this, is it illustrates how MinecraftEdu can reach students of all kinds at so many different levels! Thanks for the share Mathieiu!
As always, keep on tweeting!
Recently, we’ve been making some changes to both our Launcher and some of the classroom moderation features of MinecraftEdu. As is our policy, we frequently release new versions with these changes as development builds which anyone can try by updating through our Launcher. After thorough testing and feedback from users, we are now ready to release a new Stable build for MinecraftEdu!
Some of the major changes you will discover in some of the recent development builds:
Improved assignment functionality - Give multiple assignments to students, track their progress.
User security - Students can now password protect their usernames.
Block Inspector - Right now it simply identifies the the block you are looking at. Much more to come with this tool in the future!
Home Blocks - Example use: students can place a block in their house, then teleport back there at any time.
Frozen students are now even more frozen! Restricted mouse movement, students no longer able to place or dig when frozen.
Improved mod support for some popular mods such as Galacticraft.
Coming this summer:
1.7.x Support - New biomes, expanded command blocks, improved graphics and more.
As always, the full changelogs can be found in our wiki.
We love to let our users play with new features as soon as we make them. While these are not final builds and often times new bugs can appear, we appreciate all the help! Oh and kids LOVE to be beta testers and find bugs! If you would like to avoid the bugs, you can stay with the latest Stable Build, which will always be available for download from the Members Area.
Have questions about MinecraftEdu? Want to demo MinecraftEdu and try before you buy? Already have MinecraftEdu and want to see how far you can take the experience? We’ll be in the E-Line Media Booth # 3336 at International Society for Technology in Education 2014 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia from Sunday, June 29th until Tuesday, July 1st. Stop by and say hi, grab a button, play some MinecraftEdu!
Welcome to the roundup this first week of June!
Here’s a great article from the New York Times that is making some waves and has the MinecraftEdu community tweeting. One of our favorite exchanges came from an educator in Australia, Kate Booth, replying to Melinda Gates.
— Kate Booth (@SCU006)June 5, 2014
Thanks Kate, what a great share!
Next up is a photo from a student presentation for teachers.
— Lavender Krupp (@TeenTeacherLA)June 4, 2014
Thanks for the tweet! Enabling student leaders is one of those great ways that MinecraftEdu can help you empower your students’ learning experience.
5th Grade students design a digital citizenship game in MinecraftEDU https://t.co/UIyukX1mMl— Chad Clark (@C_MClark)June 6, 2014
Chad Clark tweeted a video of his students working in MinecraftEdu to create a game about Digital Citizenship. Thanks for the share Chad!
Until next week, keep those tweets coming!