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We Went To Space! Minecraft In Our K/1 Classroom

[Participate and share : Poster]

Tuesday, June 28, 1:15–3:15 pm
CCC Lobby D, Table 1

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Join students and their teacher from Anastasis Academy as they share what they learned about the solar system by building collaboratively in Minecraft. Students will explain how they developed their inquiry unit, devised a plan to become space engineers and crafted their own space stations in Minecraft.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: QR code scanning app will be helpful, but not required.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Games and simulations
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: Students : Critical thinking, problem solving and decision making
Teachers : Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
Students : Communication and collaboration
Additional detail: Student presentation, ISTE Professional Learning Network pick

Digital tote resources
Description: Presentation URL

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose- This poster session will showcase the creativity and problem-solving skills of primary students learning about space through the design of their own space stations in Minecraft. Students will explain their creations and how their teams collaborated to design each station. They will walk through the problem-solving process that helped them to anticipate potential design flaws due to hazards in space, as well as how they learned to troubleshoot failed prototypes. Handouts and online resources prepared by the class will be made available to attendees.

Participants will:
*explore learning science content in a virtual learning environment
*interact with student presenters to understand the process of the project
*access resources which will provide information about how to replicate this project at multiple developmental levels


Open presentation style with students leading the discussion in small groups
A. How we developed our solar system inquiry unit
B. Brief explanation of our research and discovery, as well as resources we investigated
C. Presentation of student work (student iPads and display monitor)
D. Suggestions and recommendations of how to use this activity in other classrooms (K-12) by presenting teacher
E. Distribute handouts and online resources (QR codes)

Supporting research

Ideas for Using Minecraft in the Classroom

Children’s Collaboration in Emergent Game Environments

Beyond ‘Screen Time:’ What Minecraft Teaches Kids

Why Minecraft is more than just another video game

Games, Problem Based Learning and Minecraft

The Road Not Taken – Making, Crafting and Constructing Meaning in Minecraft

Understanding Minecraft: Essays on Play, Community and Possibilities (Minedraft)
Nate Garrelts (editor), 2014

Minecraft in the Classroom: Ideas, inspiration, and student projects for teachers
Colin Gallagher, 2014



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