Reflecting on the Givercraft Experience

[This is my Course Reflection paper for EDET 693 – Gaming & Open Education.  I am currently enrolled in the Educational Technology Graduate Program at the University of Alaska Southeast.] Taking several steps back and reflecting on this course in its entirety, I realized that the open-ended nature of the course assignment, to create a… Continue reading Reflecting on the Givercraft Experience

Final Countdown to GiverCraft!

This last week before GiverCraft begins has been spent finalizing details with a couple of significant changes.  The most significant changes that impacted my tasks, were the approval of a dedicated server to host GiverCraft, several teachers cancelling their enrollment, and the addition of a new teacher. We started the week with two handshake meetings… Continue reading Final Countdown to GiverCraft!

End of Enrollment – Tying up loose ends

Enrollment Update:  We have 823 students, 33 teachers, and 3 professors across 8 time zones participating in GiverCraft!!! I sent a last call for rosters and tracked down teachers to submit their rosters and with assistance from Dr. Lee and Thomas was able to get them added to the WikiSpace.  Yesterday we had a large… Continue reading End of Enrollment – Tying up loose ends

Two week update…

What have I done these last two weeks?    I have spent most of my time processing registrations, easily spending at least 8-10 hours a day on all the related tasks!  For each registration, I sent back a Welcome email to confirm the registration and ask teachers to join our Google Group for teachers and… Continue reading Two week update…

4 weeks left! GiverCraft is REAL!

I’m a big fan of countdowns and planning out what to do with all the remaining time left until the countdown is over.  When I think about this project, I get a little nervous but am still very excited.  I think actually seeing teachers register for GiverCraft has made it REAL!  There are actual teachers… Continue reading 4 weeks left! GiverCraft is REAL!

Progress this week

This week I have been focusing on the registration process and instructions for downloading the MinecraftEdu client. I wrote out steps for the Registration Process in a Drive document.  I wanted to specify what happens after a teacher submits a registration through our Google Form.  I think it’s important to acknowledge receipt of the registration… Continue reading Progress this week

Gaining momentum… a weekly reflection

[This post is my weekly reflection on my participation and learning in the course EDET 693 – Gaming and Open Education, at the University of Alaska Southeast for the graduate program in Educational Technology.  My class is developing a MinecraftEdu MOOC to run later this fall semester for 6th – 12 grade students.  Our weekly… Continue reading Gaining momentum… a weekly reflection

Trust the Process (and get organized)!

My friend and former co-worker Megan often used an expression in encouraging teenage girls to stay focused and motivated in our youth development programs at Oasis For Girls.  The girls would often get frustrated or confused (as we all do from time to time) with the program expectations (show up, participate, be a supportive listener,… Continue reading Trust the Process (and get organized)!

Focus-Pocus… a weekly reflection

[This post is my weekly reflection on my participation and learning in the course EDET 693 – Gaming and Open Education, at the University of Alaska Southeast for the graduate program in Educational Technology.  My class is developing a MinecraftEdu MOOC to run later this fall semester for 6th – 12 grade students.  Our weekly… Continue reading Focus-Pocus… a weekly reflection

Making MinecraftEdu a Meaningful Learning Experience

One of the most valuable lessons I learned from playing basketball was to “Practice How You Play.”  Practicing at 50% or even 75% of game intensity would not prepare me for an actual game; simulating an actual game environment during practice whether it was drills or running through plays was an essential part of preparing… Continue reading Making MinecraftEdu a Meaningful Learning Experience