The best part about this week’s MinecraftEdu challenge for me was playing the role of the student and building. I spent time subsistence hunting, started building an igloo, then went on to build a cabin at fish camp near a river. However, my building skills are sub par compared to some of my colleagues. I went back into MinecraftEdu to create my video and I couldn’t find any of the stuff I had built, so the screenshots I took from that night will have to do. Then I was going to make a video of some of the teacher tools I tried out Tuesday night, but there were no students playing, so many of the tools didn’t show up.
Here is the screenshot of the igloo I started. Then I got frustrated because I couldn’t figure out how to make rounded edges, so I moved on to my fish camp.
This is the screenshot of my fish camp.
On Tuesday I spent some time in teacher role. I tried out the different teacher tools: teleporting students to me, teleporting myself to students. I froze students, which only made them mad. The most frustrating thing for me in teacher role was not being able to figure out who was causing trouble. Mia was building an ice rink and someone put a bunch of cows on the rink. It happened so fast, there was no time to react. It was so different from teaching in a the real world and dealing with trouble maker students face to face. I need more practice as a teacher.