Letting Go of the Reins: Students Lead the Way with #Minecraft

By: Myria Heinhuis

mine“It took me a while to wrap my head around how I was going to incorporate Minecraft into my Core French Classroom.  I have read about and seen many people use it for other core subjects, but had some trouble figuring out at first where it applied in my room.  I think this is partially due to the fact that I don’t know that much about it.  I understand the main idea to Minecraft, but what one is truly capable of doing with it is beyond me because I don’t play it.This is the first project I have attempted with Minecraft and I am really excited about the results for a variety of different reasons.  I would love to include it into my program in other ways and will look to the students for inspiration. Using Minecraft to Demonstrate Understanding of Directions in French.

Learning Goal:

We are learning to give clear directions in French.

Success Criteria:

The success criteria had been previously created with the students.  see the image below.  We had completed several different activities to practice this in spoken situations because I truly believe if students can say it, they will then be able to write it.  Every class, I would designate the first half to spoken interaction games and activities.  Studentsearned time on Minecraft by participating properly during these oral activities.  I needed this “earned” time as a reminder and sometimes as fuel for those who are more reluctant to participate otherwise.  We also developed two different criteria.  One was for being able to give clear directions, and the other set was for what should be included in the Minecraft project in order to properly show that they understood the learned concepts.” To read further please click here:  http://www.mmemallette.com/2015/04/letting-go-of-the-reins-students-lead-the-way-with-minecraft-edtech-ipaded/


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