More Minecraft on my mind

“Platforms like Minecraft are a Trojan horse for explosive learning.” Benjamin Nason (who attributes those thoughts to this Edutopia video)

Just like my own children and my students at school, I have Minecraft on the brain lately. Here are a couple of videos on using Minecraft in the classroom. Both are from the PBS Idea Channel. (HT to Ben Wilkoff for these videos.)

The first is a quick explanation video featuring founder Joel Levin. He shares how he uses Minecraft to teach a variety of topics (graphing, history, digital citizenship, etc.) in schools. In this video, Levin states, “I have never had such access to the brains of these children and it’s been really rewarding for me professionally.” He’s got my attention.

Find more Minecraft thoughts from Joel at his Tumblr. From his blog, I found this crazy detailed account of an educator who set up Minecraft in one of the school labs. If you love #deepgeekspeak, there’s gold in this post for you.

The second clip goes into how customizable Minecraft is for meeting the needs of a variety of topics and students.

Minecraft will get their attention

HT to David Malone for sharing this video with me.

My own kids (ages 10 and 7) absolutely love playing Minecraft at home. When I see projects like the one below from a 4th grader in California, it gets my brain churning about the many applications for MC at school. I love the enthusiasm in this kid’s voice. He’s engaged and excited, and I imagine his classmates were too when they saw his work. Minecraft is starting to get its toe in the door of the school house as a learning tool. Help it kick that door in. Check out the many MC resources at Also connect with David Malone. He’s done some really cool things with Minecraft at his school.

Techlandia Episode 19 – Tribute to Nebraska

In this episode, Jon Samuelson @ipadsammy, Alison Anderson @tedrosececi, and Curt Rees @curtrees share three apps: Aurasma, Don Tapscott eBook, and Uber. 5 Twitter users to add to your PLN, and the websites Google + EduHangout, Digital Drivers License, and BakBone for your iPad.

Here is the link to the Learnist board that has links and more information about the people and resources mentioned in this episode.

You can also find all Techlandia episodes at iTunes.

Tim Berners-Lee and the World Wide Web

I found this video while working on a class project about the history of educational technology. It documents the creation of the internet and the contributions of Tim Berners-Lee in developing and improving the world wide web. The video isn’t highly technical, but does give you some good insight to how much the internet and its usability has grown in the past 40ish years.