School on Mars

If you would have asked me five years ago if I knew anything about Minecraft or if I’d help teachers incorporate Minecraft into their classrooms, I probably would have looked at you with a blank look on my face. Minecraft isn’t new; however, I had never really thought about using it before Glen Irvin passionately introduced it to our district. He fought through many hoops and persisted for months before finally getting licenses and the app for our district to use. Because of his persistence, excitement, and expertise, ISD47 now has Minecraft: Education Edition to use and many teachers are jumping on board to use it in their classrooms!

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Student PLNs: Three Ways to Add Social Media to your Curriculum

Over the last few years, I’ve been on a campaign to have more teachers integrate social media into their classrooms - to teach students about the power of a personalized learning network based on one’s passions. As the quote above asks, how do we help our students to use social media to explore and develop their passions?  First, we have to bring it into our classrooms; we have to talk about what students should do on social media and not just want they shouldn’t do. Second, we have to help our students value veracity over virality and creation over spectation. The best way to achieve these goals is to allow students to explore passions with professionals in digital networks. And the best way to bring that into our classrooms is to use our curriculum to try to ignite those passions through our instruction and assessments.

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