New Book: Unofficial Minecraft STEM Lab for Kids

I’m very excited to announce that my summer and fall book project from 2017 has just been published. The Unofficial Minecraft STEM Lab for Kids is now available through most book sellers around the globe. Like our previous book, Chris and I combined 24 activities that can be created in…

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The Round City of Baghdad

After four months of work by 28 students and myself, we have our first world of the new school year to share. It was a great deal of work and took some fine tuning to get it to a finished state, but I am immensely proud of our accomplishment. We…

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Reimagining an Ancient Chinese City

One of the first large-scale projects I attempted with my students was to recreate the Tang Dynasty capital city of Chang’an. The lesson turned out wonderfully and it is now a staple of my unit on Medieval China. Today, it becomes the first of my maps to make its way to the…

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Teacher of the Year Gala

I took a couple of days off this week to to attend the gathering of fellow State Teacher of the Year honorees in Sacramento. I was humbled to be considered as a finalist along with such a truly remarkable group of educators. I thoroughly enjoyed the day that included a morning…

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Momotarō – The Peach Boy

After nearly 3 months and hundreds of student-hours, our collaborative project with Melvina Kurashige’s students in Hawaii is finished and ready to share. Melvina and I have worked together the past several years designing lessons that our students can complete across the Pacific with Minecraft. I teach medieval Japanese history…

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Mannequin Challenge – Minecraft Style

My students and I had a little fun at the end of this year’s Tang Dynasty build. To show off our work, we participated in the mannequin challenge – pretending to be mannequins throughout the city. All four of my periods participated by recreating medieval Chinese city life as I flew through…

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Progress Report: Momotarō, the Peach Boy

The first big new project this year is upon my class. Momotarō, or Peach Boy is a Japanese folktale from the late Middle Ages, or Edo period in Japan.  As part of our unit on Japan, we will be recreating this story using Minecraft. I am fortunate enough to have a dedicated…

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Minecon 2016

I had the distinct pleasure of sitting on a panel with three other wonderfully talented people at Minecon. Our session was titled The Building Blocks of Literacy. Enjoy!

Encounters in the New World

[MinecraftEDU World Download] After completing units of study on the Renaissance and the Enlightenment periods, with particular emphasis on mercantilism and exploration, students worked together in groups to form trading companies, purchased supplies to outfit an expedition to the new world, and founded a colony that met six criteria. Minecraft…

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