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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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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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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Recreating Medieval Birmingham in Minecraft

After exploring numerous online resources, 14th century Birmingham, England and its residents were faithfully reproduced using Minecraft by my students. They spent ten class periods living and working in the village while being witness to the arrival of the plague. [MinecraftEDU World Download] Over the past Christmas holiday while doing research for the…

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Japanese Poetry 2.0 – Tomodachi Mura

Slip on my pastel orange colored soft silk robes slippers on my feet as I walk to the temple to meditate for the day by Elizabeth In a previous post and accompanying project I described how my students, with the help of two creative colleagues, used Minecraft to visualize medieval Japanese…

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On the Road to Timbuktu

In a previous post I described how I intended to support student writing  earlier in the school year by connecting seemingly disparate first semester content objectives by using a time traveling backstory with a steampunk twist. We just finished the first unit in this series and I’d like to share the results.…

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It’s About Time – Blending History, Minecraft, and Steampunk

I am very excited to share a new project idea I am currently exploring and readying for launch on Monday morning. It has taken a considerable amount of my time and focus and I’ll find out soon enough if it was worth it. I ended the past school year on…

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Lessons Learned: Pirate Base Alpha

I’m fortunate this year to have an elective class called Minecraft Academy to end my day. I always look forward to it because we get to really dive in and uncover what it is about Minecraft that we find interesting. One of the projects we do is based around the idea…

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