Saturday, 22 November 2014

Week 5 - Class Debate

Some issues have come up that the class need to discuss before our next session. 

Here is the list. We will go through these on class. 




ITEMS FOR OUR MID SESSION DISCUSSION - 

  • Armour for horses?
  • Who keeps potions?
  • Visiting other build groups projects, should we ask permission, should we give feedback?
  • How do we organise money? 
  • Beacons - how to make them and how many should we have? 
See the minutes of our debate - some great examples of Relating to others:

  • Recognising Different Points of View
  • Negotiating 
  • Playing fairly
  • Sharing ideas cooperatively




Armour for horses.
Anna suggested that only the police have diamond armour, but that the farmers could have gold armour.  Hayley also suggested that other people could have it, but would need a good reason.   Those that don’t actually need the armour shouldn’t have it.
Bobbie suggested that the spawn people could act as a council to help make decisions.
Samantha suggested that police and farmers have diamond armour and everyone else could have gold.
Tommy suggested that the others, except police and farmers could have iron armour.
Gary-george suggested that hospital could have iron armour as they need more protection.

RESOLUTION: THE POLICE SHOULD HAVE DIAMOND ARMOUR, THE FARM HORSES HAVE IRON ARMOUR, EVERYONE ELSE THAT NEEDS IT CAN HAVE GOLD..

Who keeps potions?
Henry -police should have slowness potions and the hospital should have healing potions.
Could also have speed potions to get to help others quickly.
Jamie -Thomas and Jamie are making the potions and the hospital will dispense
Hayley -the hospital could have a place to dispense all potions.
Lucy -the farmers need access to potions incase animals get sick or poisoned

RESOLUTION: THE SPAWN CENTRE AND THE FARMS MAKE THE POTIONS AND DELIVER THEM TO THE HOSPITAL AND THE POLICE.  ANYONE CAN APPLY TO THE HOSPITAL FOR A POTION IF THEY NEED ONE.

Visiting other build groups projects, should we ask permission, should we give feedback?
Jake M -You can look at what they are doing, but not add to it or build on it.  You can give them suggestions and feedback.
Bobbie -need permission, you would go onto chat to ask.  You also need to have a purpose for going there and must give feedback.
Rylee -spawn site to act as council, people ask if there is free time to visit

How do we organise money?
Jake M  the owner the game (teacher) build a bank and put money in it.  They work out who gets paid what.
Zain -jewels eg diamond could be money
Tommy -gold nuggets as coins and jewels/minerals as notes e.g. emerald.  
Gary-George- 64 of the gold = 1 diamond, etc etc
Kate -could have points that are worth e.g. 10 points and spend them each session (written on a separate thing, e,g paper)
Thomas - we need to make a mine to get the minerals and stones.   A place could be past the swamp.
Tommy -could enchant things to make a currency.  Only the teacher has access to the command.

Beacons - how to make them and how many should we have?
Bobbie -no beacons or only ones turned on at night
Jamie -don’t need lots of beacons, only the hospital and the spawn centre
Josh -only the hospital and spawn centre need them because they are next to each other.
Kate -two beacons, they only go when you are having a meeting.  Can’t have them at the same as it will be confusing.
Zain -G=glass  N=netherstar  O=obsidian      GGG  GNG  OOO
Callum need some at the beach as well
Thomas -we don’t need a beacon if we have potions.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Week 4


WALT – Self Manage

Success Criteria

-        have a ‘can do’ attitude
-        listen to feedback and act on it
-        show perseverance
-       
high standards of build


A great session, well done Room 19! We recapped on last weeks build and introduced the focus for this week. As we have to get going on our build we thought that 'Self Manage' would be a great focus for our goal setting. Below is the Pre Padlet board. Each student thought about an aspect of the WALT that they would like to be thinking of as they worked in their build groups. Later in the blog the class reflected on how their goal went. 

We had some interesting topics to discuss, see below. We also had 'Minecraft Natural Disaster' to deal with. Last week some students from another school gained access to our server and flooded our world. Danny our Learning Centre Teacher managed to sort the water out in the week but the class had to spend a bit of time checking their builds and making small repairs. 

See below for some of the issues that came up this week. For more details on how the build groups got on, check out the Padlets and the Student blogs on the right of this class blog! 

Links to Week 4 padlets 


Items for our mid session discussion - We might have to talk about these in class as we ran out of time 


  • Armour for horses?
  • Who keeps potions?
  • Visiting other build groups projects, should we ask permission, should we give feedback?
  • How do we organise money? 
  • Beacons - how to make them and how many should we have? 

Well done and big thanks to Jake for sharing with the class how to make beacons. These will really help us when we switch to Survival mode!

Also thanks to Carter for sharing how to use the Block Inspector tool to see the materials that have been used. 

Nice one Jamie for thinking about how to create a 'library' i the Spawn Block so we can access each other's blogs through a weblink! 

See below for our latest screen shot of our world. As you can see the builds are really taking shape. Below this image is our first screen shot taken at then end of Session 1. 









Here are some photos from this weeks session!














Teacher Reflections - Week 4

Week 4 Reflections from Danny

Once again the students came in enthusiastic and keen to get moving with building their respective areas within the community. The background work that had been done in the classroom was evident in the preliminary discussion at the start of the session. Everyone seemed to understand and have a good level respect for the terms set out in the treaty that had been agreed to.

Padlet continues to be a useful tool to capture student thoughts, achievements and challenges.

As the building of the world continues, more and more instances occur that require the group to problem solve as a collective. There were several “incidents” that gave rise to useful debate this week, one boy inadvertently poisoned a group of horses causing quite a commotion in the first instance but after discussion the matter was resolved very effectively and in my opinion this has been one of the upsides of this trial - students are forced to deal with all sorts of situations in a rational, calm, manner that will be a very useful skill for the future.

I would still like to see a video log of some kind with the students talking about their work whilst showing it. I am thinking perhaps a session at the end of the build where each student gives a brief tour of the part of the world they had most to do with. This would surely show any observer the level of engagement that is happening with this trial.

Audrey's Reflection week 4
This project has a good Inquiry balance for all involved  – although we had an idea of where it could go , we have discovered situations that we hadn’t given a lot of thought, like potions, money/ trading and beacons, which have raised many issues.  These ideas have resulted in super class discussions and resolutions.
The Key Competencies are at the forefront driving the focus on ‘self’ to set high standards and how to cope with adversity, to think, be curious and creative and  to recognise others views and negotiate a happy outcome.
I love that collaboration has no barriers, boys happily sharing with girls and less able being taught new skills from experienced students. Students sharing their knowledge as a tutor is empowering.
Yes we are using Minecraft but that almost seems a by-product with all the other rich learning, skills and collaboration happening.
I am looking forward to watching/hearing the students self reflection on their builds via video recordings. This will delve into their inner decision making and reasoning.