Category Archives: #PlayCraftLearn

#MIEExpert guest post – Gamification Vs Game Based Learning, by Simon Baddeley

These terms 'Gamification' and 'Game Based Learning' are often misunderstood and even more often used interchangeably.  They are sometimes seen as modern, digital strategies that drive eLearning programs however their roots are much more embedded in everyday Teaching and Learning than you might think. In the following article, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Simon Baddeley explores gamification and game based learning through Minecraft, and shares some of his experiences.… Visit the author's original post

GUEST POST: ‘Using Minecraft as a tool for learning with very young children’ by Tracy Broadbent

Following last month’s UK launch event for Minecraft: Education Edition, we are pleased to share another guest post from one of the keynote speakers. Below, teacher and author Tracy Broadbent reflects on her experiences of using Minecraft with young learners, and offers some advice on how other educators can get started and bring their own curriculums to life.


 

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Using Minecraft as a tool for learning with very young children.

It can be a daunting thing, using Minecraft Education Edition in the classroom when your charges are only about 5 years old and already have a strong idea about what they should do in Minecraft.… Visit the author's original post

The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl – Minecraft: Education Edition at Darran Park Primary

The following is a guest post from James Protheroe, #MIEExpert and teacher at Microsoft Showcase School Darran Park Primary. Last week James was a keynote speaker at the UK launch event for Minecraft: Education Edition. In the post below, James talks about how his students have been taking part in a cross-curricular global project involving the works of beloved children’s author Roald Dahl, and the use of Minecraft.


The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl

by James Protheroe 

Pupils from all over the world have been celebrating the year of Roald Dahls 100th birthday through using Minecraft.Visit the author's original post

Minecraft: Education Edition – UK Launch event 2016 – Register NOW!

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Minecraft: Education Edition is a collaborative and versatile platform for learning. Teachers can use it across subjects to encourage 21st century skills like creativity, problem-solving and computational thinking.  Get hands-on with the experts for this UK-wide launch event.

We are pleased to be inviting educators to get hands-on with the experts for this UK-wide launch event in Edinburgh on 22nd November 2016, from 10am – 3 pm.


Register now

Tuesday 22nd November 2016, 10:00 – 15:30
The Hub, Edinburgh’s Festival Centre

The Hub Castlehill
Edinburgh
EH1 2NE

The day will be a mixture of keynote presentations and workshops, delivered and hosted by educators and games-based learning experts, who all use Minecraft to great effect in their classrooms and beyond.

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#MIEExpert Webinar: Teaching Citizenship and History through Minecraft

Following on from last week’s webinar on OneNote Learning Tools hosted by #MIEExpert Anna Kellner, this Thursday we are fortunate enough to have another live session run by one of our Microsoft Innovative Expert Educators:

WEBINAR: Teaching Citizenship and History through Minecraft

Click here to registerThursday 13th October, 16:30-17:00

Join Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Darren Currie to see how he has been using Minecraft to teach History and Citizenship in his classroom. The webinar will contain practical examples and instructions on how you can get started.… Visit the author's original post

Minecraft: Education Edition given November release date

Games Based Learning is a fantastic way for teachers to engage with students on their own terms, providing an incredibly versatile and flexible environment and medium that allows for new concepts to be introduced and a huge variety of subjects to be covered. Earlier this year at January’s BETT 2016 we were fortunate enough to have Stephen Reid of Immersive Minds – an education consultancy specialising in the use of technology and games-based learning – speaking on our stand all about the innovative ways he has been helping schools to use Minecraft in the classroom.Visit the author's original post