How can Discovery Education resources and Minecraft be used to build deeper understandings of curricular concepts? Here is just one way to use both of these powerful resources to engage students actively in learning and creation. To build background knowledge about different types of communities, I started by using Board Builder from Discovery Education. Board
Do you remember what it was like to get lost in a world for hours of your own imagination? How about the excitement of learning something new and wanting to spend hours just doing that? If you are like me, I remember it but now I pretend that I am too old to play games.
I have had the fortune of working with several second grade classrooms to use Minecraft EDU as part of a learning unit about communities. Discovery Education resources played a vital part in creating the background knowledge to make this project successful. In previous posts, I have shared what we have been doing and learning but
Background Knowledge and Discovery Education To build background knowledge about different types of communities, I started by using Board Builder from Discovery Education. Board Builder allows you to create an interactive poster with embedded videos. I chose an overview video of communities and in the text there is a link to a padlet about communities.
One of the greatest things about our school and state community is the generosity that I have found when I write grants. Our PTO has contributed to so much of the technology that we have at our school and they have been no different in their support of our Design Lab. In addition to the
In my quest to learn more about Minecraft and use it with students in a school environment, I have found some really powerful resources. I’ve spent time watching youtube videos of beautiful examples, read blog posts about how to use Minecraft to teach, but I’ve come to the conclusion that the most powerful resource I
What do you do when you are not the expert and do not have the time to become the expert? Enlist a student who is passionate about it and see where it takes you both! So in an earlier post I wrote about starting a Design Lab in our school and taking the leap into
By fortune in November I stumbled into a world that I had never even known existed. While attending a Playful Learning Conference at UW-Whitewater, I learned about gamification and makerspaces. This blog is the journey that many of us have started as learners and the learning that we hope to share with others. Every two