Tuesday’s meeting was a great eye-opener. I’ve recently been working on an essay about diversity for another course. A strong theme in that essay is that we are stronger as a team because of the strengths we bring in as individuals with differences. Indeed, we each bring some unique ideas and talents to the group and I think we just reconfirmed that we’re stronger as a whole team rather than our smaller parts. Our original smaller team approached this with some huge goals and not enough specific ideas. Having broken up into different roles will benefit all of us.
I started a promotional website for the game (that can later be moved, edited, etc.). The draft can be seen at http://thegivergame.weebly.com. Outlining the site and looking at it from a marketing point-of-view has helped me discover some areas we need to concentrate on then build from. The Tuesday meeting helped to bring together an overall goal that was previously lacking. In going back over the shared document, and commenting & reading...it seems like we have made good progress and will continue to move forward as we all share ideas on the outline.
I’m still stuck on the ‘why.’ Why should teachers get their students involved in this? More specifically, if they want to use minecraft in their class, why go through us and this MOOC rather than just doing their own thing? They could get their lesson plan and ideas through us, but we need a few more ‘selling points’ to draw in the interest and support. Ideal for teachers new to minecraft? Support staff to assist? An integrated ELA lesson package with a technology, constructivist focus?
My daughter is 10 and in fifth grade. They read this book. When I told her about the project her questions were:
1) Why are you using minecraft?
A: To encourage students to use a program they like to recreate scenes from the story. This way students can show their knowledge! And it will be fun!
2) Extra comment...Huh. I don’t think our teacher would want us playing the minecraft in school but we get to go on Khan Academy. So what does helping them [the other students] build the buildings do? I didn’t think the book was about the buildings or setting.
A: Very insightful about the theme about the book, what did you think it was about? (like how I detoured here…because she made a great point).
So my other question for everyone: Are we taking away from the deeper meaning/thoughts of this book by using it as a means for students to simply learn to cite literature? Or do we have a larger purpose and goal that we need to address?