E2 Educator Exchange Budapest: Panel Discussion Minecraft in Education

Really amazing morning at Microsoft’s E2 Educator Exchange #HacktheClassroom. I  took part in the panel discussion, Minecraft in Education, along with Microsoft Innovative Expert Educators Andre Spang, from Germany, and Brian Aspinall from Canada. It was fascinating to hear about the innovative and creative ways Minecraft is being used to inspire learners.

During the panel I discussed the highly successful Black Gold: Hearts, Souls and Mines project I led for Rhondda Cynon Taff in 2015. In this history based theme, pupils from 16 schools worked collaboratively to build the Rhondda Heritage Park – a museum dedicated to the rich mining heritage of South Wales.

Please click to see the Black Gold Minecraft work

During the discussion we talked about lots of creative Minecraft projects and discussed the endless possibilities that using Minecraft in the classroom provides. We also discussed how Minecraft allows learners to take the lead for their own learners. I talked about my school’s Digital Leaders and how they have visited schools across Wales to deliver Minecraft workshops.  I also discussed setting up shared areas on Hwb+, the All Wales VLE, where pupils can collaborate and share their Minecraft work.

Really enjoyed the experience, especially listening to how Minecraft has made such a massive impact on pupil engagement throughout the world. A huge thank you to Neal Manegold for inviting me to be part of the panel.

I will shortly be leading a literacy based Minecraft project to celebrate the 100th birthday of the famous author Roald Dahl.  If you would like further details of how to take part, or would like to dicuss Minecraft in the classrrom further,  please contact me @dpdarran or leave a comment on the blog and I’ll get back to you.

Really looking forward to the next few days at E2 Budapest!




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