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Mr. Beyer, 6th grade teacher at Salisbury Middle School, has been accepting student projects modeled in the game Minecraft. The game has a “creative mode” which allows students the opportunity to build three-dimensional models of virtual worlds. Students use models to demonstrate comprehension, similar to what students would do if creating a three-dimensional model. One important difference is that it is easy to build interactive pieces on the computer using programs like Minecraft — opening and closing doors, moving parts and objects that react according to real-world physics. Additionally, students can use QuickTime Player to record a “fly-through” of their created model with voiceover, providing an easy way to share their work and understanding.
The benefits of using modeling software such as Minecraft for student learning are twofold. First, the simple, straightforward modeling tools make it easy for students to build a 3D representation of their thinking without much difficulty. Second, using gaming strategies to demonstrate understanding of content is incredibly engaging to many students. The motivation that in-game modeling provides often results in higher quality work from students. Those students most motivated to model their projects in Minecraft are those who struggle to complete traditional homework assignment. Minecraft provides these and other students with a broader array of choices in demonstrating new learning.
Sixth grade students have found creative ways to use Minecraft for a variety of purposes. For example, after studying the role of a ship design in Chinese history, called the junk, several students modeled the ship design in Minecraft, demonstrating an understanding of the importance of sail shape, hull and rudder design. Other examples of student work in Minecraft include videos of the water cycle and carbon dioxide-oxygen cycles, world maps with latitude and longitude lines, model biomes, and conservation of momentum. Here is an example of a Minecraft screencast created by Chris H.
This is a nifty little script I just learned about on the Free Technology for Teachers blog. (By the way, anyone would be wise to subscribe to this blog – lots of useful ideas and tools.)
An effective way to see whether students have grasped some factual content is to set up an assessment using a Google Form (Falcon Apps > Create new > Form). Once students have taken the assessment, you can go to the associated spreadsheet and install the Flubaroo script (Directions are located online at this link.) What will the Flubaroo script do? It will…
- Grade the assessment
- Email feedback to the students
- Print a report for your use
There is an excellent demonstration video available showing how to start using this tool.
Flubaroo is a great example of how technology can make the feedback process (so necessary in teaching and learning) simple and helpful. Both teacher and student receive feedback that can be invaluable in the process of acquiring basic content knowledge.