24 May 2019

Minefaire 2019 Recap

A few months ago I had the opportunity to lead a workshop at Minefaire, a Minecraft community event currently on tour across the US, which features a veritable smorgasbord of activities, speakers, and presentations for young and old (parents of) Minecraft fans alike. In my workshop titled Building Better Bases students had the opportunity to […]

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10 May 2019

Minecraft Update @ Admin Council

Below is a “numbers” update to be shared at the PLP annual meeting. In addition, I want to share four major changes to the Minecraft landscape in the last 3 months that have a huge impact on the future of this project: Education Edition gained backwards compatibility with Windows 7 and 8. Previously only Windows […]

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26 Mar 2019

Preparing for Your Minecraft Workshop

In a nod to Minecraft’s open-ended gameplay style, training material for the youth workshop is split into several crafting recipes or learning tracks that build on the previous experience. As you read through this material, keep in mind the youth workshop and course material was intentionally designed to be fully customizable and Minecraft-edition-agnostic. I made […]

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20 Feb 2019

The Curious Question of Chromebook Chronology

A fellow PLP librarian recently asked me a very interesting question via email and I want to take a moment to answer in more detail for the wider community. They were wondering if Minecraft (any version) and the super-affordable Chromebook ecosystem worked well together. Are they compatible, or would you need a more traditional desktop […]

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30 Jan 2019

Is It Pedagogically Valid?

Inspired by a twitter thread started by Mark Anderson from the ICTEvangelist blog that I found through a fellow Minecraft Mentor’s retweet, this post should clear up a few questions about the project and our approach. Mark’s post started a few years ago in reply to Paul Moss blogging Is that edtech tool pedagogically valid? in response to the plethora […]

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