Surviving Together: A Minecraft Experience (Spring 2021)

Surviving Together: A Minecraft Experience (Spring 2021)

Students will use the game Minecraft as a group survival exercise. The goal will be to plan, execute, and review coordinated team activities to achieve a goal set at the start of class.  We will use a Realms server to play Minecraft Survival Mode together and learn about project management, task delegation, and cooperation skills. Time in Minecraft will be limited, and all learners will be part of a team. 

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Class Duration: February 2-March 23

Class Size: 2-9 learners

Age Range: 10-15

Full Enrollment: $180

Students will use the game Minecraft as a group survival exercise. The goal will be to plan, execute, and review coordinated team activities to achieve a goal set at the start of class.  We will use a Realms server to play Minecraft Survival Mode together and learn about project management, task delegation, and cooperation skills. Time in Minecraft will be limited, and all learners will be part of a team.

This is a highly interactive, group-project based class.  Size of groups will be decided after enrollment numbers are finalized, with a minimum of 2 and maximum of 5 per group. Groups will be responsible for attempting to fulfill all requirements for the survival exercise, and therefore will be expected to collaborate outside of Minecraft lab time and cooperate and communicate during lab time. 

Learners are expected to be able to communicate in real time in appropriate ways with group members when needed, and to be responsive to asynchronous communications (like discussion forums and collaborative documents). 

Learners may choose whether or not to speak/use voice and whether or not to use a webcam. Learners may choose to interact using text in lieu of voice during class. Learners will negotiate task assignments and specializations with other group members.

We will meet live as a group on the following days from 3-4pm Eastern/2-3pm Central/1-2pm Mountain/12-1pm Pacific: February 2, March 2, and March 23.

A playable copy of Minecraft: Bedrock Edition (not Java) and appropriate device (and peripherals) with it installed and ready to play
An active internet connection to play on a Minecraft Realms server
Microphone for voice communication during class and labs
Discord (recommended)

2 hours in Minecraft as active lab time

1 hour for research, planning, collaborating outside of lab time

Basic computer skills (mouse, keyboard, file management) to play Minecraft and manage voice communications alongside.
Ability to think and brainstorm, to articulate ideas to others through text and voice (students with disabilities will be accommodated as appropriate).

Ability to react maturely to failure and to conflict.

Project planning from inception to execution and review. 

Teamwork

Digital Citizenship (see ISTE group 2 skills)

ISTE Standards: 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 5a, 5c, 5d, 6a, 6b, 6c, 6d, 7a, 7b, 7c, 7d

Bloom’s Taxonomy: Apply, Analyze, Evaluate, Create 

Families and learners will be invited to share with the instructor about any special needs or accommodations that are necessary or helpful for the class.  Families and learners will be able to contact the instructor with any concerns. Instructor will work with learners to choose a project format that works with learners abilities and needs.  There will be at least one email (or other method) check-in around the midpoint of the course.

Minecraft survival mode includes: zombies, skeletons and other monsters. Character death is possible and frequent, and is a required part of learning to “fail forward.” 

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