Teaching with Minecraft: A Minecraft Project in Action

Teaching with Minecraft: A Minecraft Project in Action

Teaching with Minecraft: A Minecraft Project in Action by Andrea Jones I decided to let students do this activity in partners. Even though Minecraft is super popular, I know that not all students are familiar with game. I had the students divide themselves up into two groups. The first being the self-proclaimed “experts” and the other group was for students who were not familiar with the game. I was lucky and this worked out for…

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Minecraft Math – Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole

Minecraft Math – Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole

Minecraft Math – Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole by Andrea Jones Minecraft Math – I knew that I needed to explore further. I could not just put it in front of them and say go. So I swallowed my pride, downloaded the “Pocket Edition” of the game to my iPad, and tried to make sense of it. Unfortunately, after a week of trying I was still struggling with basic navigation. I even had my husband…

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Teaching 3rd Graders Minecraft

Teaching 3rd Graders Minecraft

Teaching 3rd Graders Minecraft by Andrea Jones Why Teaching 3rd Graders Minecraft ? As a teacher I am always looking for new ways to engage my students. Since most of my students are always talking and obsessing about Minecraft, it was an easy choice to go that route. Just the mention of Minecraft and my students eyes light up. As a teacher that is what I want. I want my students excited about the Math…

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A Teacher’s Guide to Installing MinecraftEdu on a PC

A Teacher’s Guide to Installing MinecraftEdu on a PC

A Teacher’s Guide to Installing MinecraftEdu on a PC Installing MinecraftEdu on a PC is relatively simple. You can purchase a license and get the installer from MinecraftEdu.com. Minecraft runs on Java, so you will need to download and install the latest version before running the Minecraft installer. Step 1: Installing Java Got to Java.com and get the installer. I prefer using the Java Developer Kit as it seems to work better when using add…

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World FactBook Digital Edition for iOS is Free Today

World FactBook Digital Edition for iOS is Free Today

World FactBook Digital Edition for iOS is Free Today in App Store The World FactBook Digital Edition for iOS is free today. Normally a $3.99, this app is based on the World FactBook data prepared by the US Central Intelligence Agency. This data has been a staple for online research on countries for HS and MS students for years. What makes this app so amazing is the rich and visually appealing way it displays the…

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Easily Convert Old Worksheets to Editable Google Docs

Easily Convert Old Worksheets to Editable Google Docs

Easily Convert Old Tests and Documents to Editable Google Docs Teachers are really good at storing old documents and files. As quickly as things fluctuate in education, you may find yourself teaching one way this year, a different way next year, and then going back to the original way the next. Anyone who teaches K-2 can attest to this with phonics v. whole language methods. What if you want to edit or change those old…

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Projecting Your MacBook or iPad Part 2

Projecting Your MacBook or iPad Part 2

Projecting Your MacBook or iPad Part 2 In Part 1 of this series, we looked at physically Projecting your MacBook via a projector or display device. Part 2 looks at using the AirPlay technology to project and Part 3 looks at three different devices or receivers that you can use with your projector or HDTV. Macs and iOS devices have the capability to project their screen onto another device in the same network using AirPlay. AirPlay relies…

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Tuesday’s Tech Tips 9/22/2015

Tuesday’s Tech Tips 9/22/2015

Click HERE to open in new tab.   Excerpts from the Tech Tips Want to Use Technology & Don’t Know Where to Start? No Worries!!! Veteran teachers all across the state have done the heavy lifting for us by creating TASA’s awesome collection of resources in iTunes U. Courses are collections of resources using instructional technology aligned to TEKS standards. The resources are best viewed on an iPad or iPhone, but many can be used on…

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PDF Reader Premium | Free App Today | 9/23/2015

PDF Reader Premium | Free App Today | 9/23/2015

PDF Reader Premium | Free App Today | 9/23/2015 PDF Reader Premium is free today. PDF apps are important to current #EdTech work flows because they still follow a paper based paradigm in some ways. Apps like this one help students take digital worksheets or other handouts and annotate them, add images and mark ups, and more. This one is good because it is reliable, supports a variety of features, and is intuitively easy to…

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Create Fun #EdTech Review Games and Quizzes & Publicly Host in Dropbox

Create Fun #EdTech Review Games and Quizzes & Publicly Host in Dropbox

Create Fun #EdTech Review Games and Quizzes & Publicly Host in Dropbox This is a fun way to create simple review materials for your students to play in class or for homework. We will be using the Quiz Game Master site and then hosting our “quiz” in a public folder in Dropbox for students to access. It works well, is simple, and costs nothing!!! http://cybertrain.info/quizman/qmcreate.html Quiz Game Master is one of many sites on the…

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