#MCEECPD – Setting up a Minecraft Lesson World

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#MCEECPD – Setting up a Minecraft Lesson World

#MCEECPD – Setting up a game of Minecraft:Education Edition can seem daunting to teachers who are unfamiliar with the game and its menus and functions. There are multiple ways you might want to do this depending on the desired outcome of the lessons and so I’ll be publishing a series of How-To’s here: #1 –

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Crafting The Past – Abbot House

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Had an amazing weekend working with young archaeologists and Scotland’s Urban Past in Dunfermline to bring the beautiful Abbot House to #Minecraft. #OutdoorLearning, lots of #Mathematics, #History, #Research, #TechnicalDrawing and #Sketching too. Abbot House is a very old building with history going back to the monks of the 1400’s and earlier. So we first did

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Minecraft Humanity – Refugee Crisis

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Minecraft Humanity – Refugee Crisis

14/06/2016 – Breaking News: Shelling continues on British cities as Prime Minister David Cameron calls for international aid. British streets are in chaos as artillery and tank fire levels homes and landmarks. British citizens are being forced to leave in their thousands, heading to ports for boats to the US as Europe falls. Leaders in

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Hacking the Classroom – Budapest

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Hacking the Classroom – Budapest

Last week I was invited to keynote the prestigious Microsoft Educator Exchange in Budapest, Hungary. An annual event recognizing and celebrating the achievements of educators around the world who combine content, pedagogy, and technology in exemplary ways to prepare students for success. The educators who attend are Microsoft in education experts, recognised for their brilliant

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Build It Scotland – Museum Minecraft Event

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Build It Scotland – Museum Minecraft Event

Over the last five months, I’ve been working with the BBC on an initiative called Build It Scotland. A project designed to give children across Scotland the opportunity to explore their local and national history through the man-made structures around them and then recreate it in Minecraft on the PC/Mac, tablets or Raspberry Pi, and

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Crafting the Past – Penicuik House

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Crafting the Past – Penicuik House

Recently, as part of our Crafting the Past (#CraftingThePast) Minecraft series in partnership with DigIt!2015, I was asked to recreate Old Penicuik House, on the Penicuik Estate, Scotland. The idea was to recreate the ruined house and surrounding estate in Minecraft as part of a visual portfolio and archive, given the immense change the house

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Minecraft Lesson Idea – GeoCaching

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Minecraft Lesson Idea – GeoCaching

While I love using technology as a tool for learning and teaching, I fully appreciate how important it is that kids have access to books, social interaction and access to the great outdoors. The latter is something I love in my own spare time. Camping, rock climbing, canyoning, canoeing, cycling and walking take up a

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Music Classroom Creativity

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I found this film by Jarbas Agnelli and it struck me as such a simple yet powerful concept. Birds on the Wires from Jarbas Agnelli on Vimeo. I wonder what other natural occurrences both in nature and our fabricated world could be used to inspire music? What could you use in your music classroom?

New Music Exams?

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Ok, here’s one for the music classroom…is this the future of music exams? ;o) Pass – A+ Seriously though. This impresses me. Not just because of the musical talent and coordination skills required, but because it’s another example of a new generation of thinkers, musicians or otherwise looking to do things differently. Music, as it

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Crafting the Past – Watling Lodge

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Crafting the Past – Watling Lodge

The last three weeks has been a journey of discovery with Minecraft. Despite working with the game in education now for over three years, I learned more in this project about map making than in any other to date. The time has been spent preparing a unique map for the purposes of an event celebrating

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