July 14, 2020

Today our #MinecraftEdu #Esports Spotlight explores our #MakeAndModel Gold Rush world.  Like the other worlds in the Make and Model genre, it promotes the higher order cognitive skills as advocated by Bloom and others; creative thinking, problem solving and reasoning i...

July 7, 2020

What are students learning when they play competitively in collaborative teams against the clock? These Minecraft Esports worlds were designed with this question in mind!

June 22, 2020

In our last blog we defined esports for education as 'competitive, collaborative, organized play', and suggested that esports, when scaffolded by educators as part of a learning experience, could be a powerful driver for learning.  In this blog we peel back the layers...

June 5, 2020

What if you could create the perfect problem setting for your students - one that immerses them fully, develops high-level cognitive skills, and sharpens decision-making and reaction times?  What if the problem environment you created was personalised to give your stud...

During this challenging time of social distancing, lockdown, and learning from home, many of us are learning what it means to adapt to change quickly, and finding that it takes time to adjust! There are good days, where we’re highly productive and in flow and there are...

March 8, 2020

Who am I? Where do I come from? Where do I fit in? Challenging questions that even the most self-assured adults struggle with at times.  Over the last five years, we've been trying to help the people of Scotland develop a sense of identity and belonging through knowled...

July 10, 2019

When we  explore Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), there are many tools and strategies that are available for us to use and promote within our classroom.  However, perspective-taking (or the ability to view a situation from different perspectives, and therefore make...

April 9, 2019

In this blog we explore the ways in which Minecraft can be used as a tool for exploration of complex real-world issues, by creating safe digital environments to play-out scenarios and experience situations from others' perspectives. Using our Refugee Crisis Minecr...

March 15, 2019

In the fourth and final part of our series on re-imagining Formative Assessment with Digital Tools, we explore the ways in which we can vary the ways in which we ask students to provide feedback Inviting students to relate concepts in a visual way, rather than just ver...

March 4, 2019

In Part 3 of our series on Re-imagining Formative Assessment, we look at the power of practicing self-reflection when developing students’ Learning to Learn skills.   This week's Formative Assessment activity, Hold up a Mirror invites students to reflect upon the...

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