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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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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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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Projecting Your MacBook or iPad

Projecting Your MacBook or iPad

Projecting Your MacBook or iPad Part 1   Teachers have a variety of options for connecting their MacBook to a projector depending on the type of projector and network environment. The simplest and most reliable method is to connect directly to the projector via an adapter or “dongle” that plugs into your MacBook. Current MacBooks support adapters that connect to the mini display port or thunderbolt port (pictured below). Depending on your projector, you would…

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3 Flavors of Minecraft for EdTech Teaching

3 Flavors of Minecraft for EdTech Teaching

3 Flavors of Minecraft for #EdTech Venturing into the world of using Minecraft in your classroom can be a little murky if you are new to the game. Using Minecraft can help you leverage game based learning to increase cooperation, problem solving, critical thinking, and much, much more. There are 3 basic versions or “flavors” of  the game that most people use in teaching; Minecraft, Minecraft PE, and Minecraft Edu. Knowing some basics about these…

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Project Based Learning is More Than Just #EdTech

Project Based Learning is More Than Just #EdTech

I was touring our campuses today during summer camp and stumbled across a group of middle school students working on their catapult projects. Speaking with these students reminded me that Project Based Learning has been around for quite a while and it involves much more than just #EdTech. These students were actively involved the prototype model of PBL, improving their designs to make their catapults shoot further. This was your typical “dad made” type of…

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K-12 Schools Need to Start Thinking About Creating Brand Name Recognition for the Future

K-12 Schools Need to Start Thinking About Creating Brand Name Recognition for the Future

K-12 Schools Need to Start Thinking About Creating Brand Name Recognition for the Future   Recent summaries predicting changes in education have emphasised the need for schools, mostly higher ed, to market and develop brand name recognition to keep recruiting students. In light of how Texas seems to be going, this seems prudent for K-12 as well if they are to maintain current student ADA funding. This article is two years old, but I think…

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