Minecraft and a Technology Integration Framework

• Singleplayer map
• Gamemode: Creative
• Difficulty: Peaceful
• Cheats: Off
• Always Day: On
• World Type: Flat
Bloom's: Remembering Subject areas: Math Standard: Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm. Activity: Each student is instructed to get a chest from the inventory and place it on the ground. The teacher will call out a material and a number, students will find and collect it from the inventory. The teacher can call out a number having the students practice adding or subtracting using the standard algorithm. Students place the number of items into the chest for assessment. Augmentation / Quadrant B In your journey to integration of Minecraft, this is just another stop! You may find that often in future lessons, as you get familiar with Minecraft, this will become your starting point. To reach this type of integration, you are going to want to step it up from the previous one. You want to be taking students beyond recalling facts and basic concepts, towards explaining and using the information across multiple content areas. The learning target may still be addition and subtraction, but you should be looking to change different aspects of the lesson. So in my example, I have added another math learning target as well as a social studies component. Taking this lesson into an area where you can start to see the thinking of the students change and encourages them to make connections. Notice that the map settings are also evolving, don't underestimate changes to the learning environment. First of all, student are being put into a multiplayer environment, working with a partner, and the world is now an "old" type survival, this provides students with the opportunity to collaborate and explore with more autonomy. Minecraft Map Settings
• Multiplayer map: Pairs
• Gamemode: Survival
• Difficulty: Peaceful
• Cheats: Off
• Always Day: On
• World Type: Old
Bloom's: Understanding and applying Subject areas: Math and Social Studies Standard: Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm. Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted. Describe the theories of early migrations from parts of Polynesia to Hawaii, including migration myths and legends Activity: Students will discuss the reasons and preparations made by cultures, such as the the ancient Polynesians, prior to large expeditions. Student will be given time to determine the necessary supplies for an expedition in Minecraft that will last for 15 days. Students will be given 2 Minecraft days to gather and categorize the supplies, giving a summary before they leave on the expedition. Modification / Quadrant C The journey continues with this stop and hopefully by this level you are starting to see things differently when you think about lessons in Minecraft. The keys to reaching this level of integration include moving towards applying and analyzing. There are so many opportunities to bring in a wide range of learning targets and these lessons start to replicate real world situations! At this point there has definitely been significant changes to the lesson and learning targets. Continuing with our lesson example, the learning target we started with is still there, but we have added to it. Let's add even more! Looking at this new lesson, we have added an aspect of science. The students will still be utilizing those math skills, learning from ancient civilizations, and now they will be gaining a deeper understanding of the food requirements, by running experiments. In life we are constantly analyzing and evaluating situations so that we can try to make the best decisions. Again, the map settings have been adjusted from the previous example. We have changed the difficulty to easy, and turned off Always Day. Also there was an adjustment how students will work by changing from partners to small groups. This will provide students with an experience that provides ample opportunities to demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving, and citizenship. Minecraft Map Settings
• Multiplayer map: Small group
• Gamemode: Survival
• Difficulty: Easy
• Cheats: Off
• Always Day: Off
• World Type: Old