I am jumping into Minecraft.
I’ve heard a lot about it, my daughter’s hooked on it, but I just don’t see how this can help reach educational goals. I look forward to learning.
I’ve watched my own daughter spend crazy amounts of time on Minecraft. I’ve heard it has educational value. But what I see looks just like a waste of time, similar to the mindless hours I spent on FarmTown on Facebook.
I’ve been experimenting in one of my classes with Code Studio, just to get my students to do some problem-solving in English. There’s no real connection with my curriculum, but it is spawning some interesting conversations in English, and it’s creating some interesting leadership that didn’t exist before.
Students who normally wait for others to do their work are quietly taking the lead, working toward becoming the experts in the class.
And… they are speaking English.
How cool is that?
So, maybe this will prove to be a fruitful five weeks through the Electronic Village Online.
I’m actually pretty psyched!