Today we started another learning adventure. My group chose to learn about coding using turtles in Minecraft EDU. I'm no expert on MInecraft EDU or Coding turtles but I don't need to be.
I created a flat world and enabled creative mode in Minecraft EDU. We are using stable build 20. Students logged in today to explore and learn. No tutorials... just play. But just in case, I did have this website - ComputerCraftEdu. Guess what.... between the 5 of them, they taught each other what the tutorials were about.
Tomorrow it will be creating a challenge together using the turtles.
This past summer I was able to attend Constructing Modern Knowledge through a grant with Donor's Choose. It was 4 days of engaging in the design process.
1. Proposing an idea of something we always wanted to create
2. Finding common souls who wanted to create the same thing
3. Learning how to create our dream with others
4. Trying and failing
5. Sharing our final design
Instead of learning how to teach, we were learning how to learn.
In the afternoon, there were 2 more sessions with 2 more classes in each session learning together. We had two wonderful volunteers from the high school to help mentor our afternoon groups. Students had a lot of fun working with someone new and learning how to code in many different ways.
SP Community Night of Code - Dec. 10th from 6-8p
Here is what one of our parents had to say about the event.
Friday, Dec. 11th
The Facilitator Presentations
Participants are Signing Up
Come join us! There is still space and we would love to have you and your child join us.
Here are two of the activities that will be offered ... more to come.
Minecraft EDU Coding with Turtles
Coding - Video Game and Storytelling Creation
Participant 3D Keychain
Last year I read an article on Edutopia by Sam Patterson about Family Hour of Code and another dream was born. I saw the impact that coding has had when it is just an hour but what would happen if we had parents and children learn together? Where could this go?
Introduction of the SP Community Hour of Code
The sounds of learning and engagement can be heard and seen. But don't take it from me... check it out for yourself through these videos or stop by and learn with us.
Our SP Design Lab has been very fortunate to be selected to participate in the following build nights through Instructables.
March - Circuit Scribe
April - InstaMorph
InstaMorph is a unique product that turns into malleable plastic that hardens. I can't wait to try this out with our students to see what they will create. I have already visited the InstaMorph website to see other ideas... now I have to decide what lucky groups will be creating with this moldable plastic.
May - Strawbees
Our luck continued when we were selected for the Strawbees Build Night. I'm very excited about the simplicity of the Strawbees. Check out this video... I can't wait to see what our students will do with Strawbees.
We wanted to see if we could create an interactive mat that could be used with Minecraft to create an experience where a real person moves the virtual person in Minecraft.
Step 1: Materials
Step 2: Create the Makey Makey Mat
Using the aluminum tape, create an interactive area that will be alligator clipped to the Makey Makey arrows. We used Xs but if you have more material cover more of the foam piece instead to create as much of a interactive area as possible.
Attach the alligator clip to the corner of your interactive aluminum tape area and attach it to the Makey Makey.
Step 3: Create a Minecraft World