Collaborative Design & the 4Cs

Collaborative Design & the 4Cs

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

14-18 yrs old

Art and Design



Each pair of students will pick a location, research it, then create a landmark for the location. Students will rotate work with other students.

avatar Submitted By: Patti Oakley DePriest

April 12, 2017


  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Creativity

Learning Objectives

  • The students will be able to research their given location and pick out 3 facts.
  • The students will be able to discuss and design a landmark for their location based on the facts they learned.
  • The students will be able to communicate their design to another student and work with that student to continue building their landmark.
  • Students will reflect on their original design, the changes to the design, and why these changes happened.
  • Students will create a presentation about their location and their landmark, using pictures from the portfolio and summarize their project.

Guiding Ideas

  • Why did their original design change as each group of students worked on their landmark?
  • How is their landmark similar to their original design and how is it different?
  • What do you like/not like about the final landmark?
  • Is there anything they could have done to change the outcome of their landmark?

In this lesson, students will not only learn about the place they are creating, but they will also be using the 4 C’s: Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking.

Prior Knowledge: Students should have a working knowledge of how to build and create signage in Minecraft.

The teacher will create the world and add the students to it in the classroom manager. Students will be placed in groups of 2. Each pair of students will pick a state (or country or made up location depending on age level) from a hat. Students will be tasked with:

  • Putting up a sign telling which state they are
  • Putting up another sign with information about their state
  • Designing a landmark for their state


Student Activities

The group will then design a landmark for the state or country they represent. They should record their ideas in OneNote Class Notebook or in Google Docs. They will begin to build their landmark. As they are working, they should take pictures and place them in their portfolio. They should caption these pictures before the end of Day 1. On Day 1, they will be given about 30 minutes on Minecraft.

On Day 2, one member of the group will move to another location and one member will stay behind. The student who stayed behind will have to communicate to the new student what they have done so far. They will then discuss the design and modify it if needed. They will then work on building the landmark. As they are working, they should take pictures and place them in their portfolio. They should caption these pictures before the end of each day. The amount of time spent on Day 2 is up to the facilitator depending on the age of the students and their knowledge of Minecraft.

On Day 3, the student who stayed behind in the group will move on to another group, and the new member will stay. They will repeat the process from Day 2 and continue work on the landmark.

This process will repeat for about 5 days, with the new student staying behind for each rotation.


Performance Expectations

On the 6th day, the original student pairs will return to their original location to view what has been done to their landmark. The students should discuss what they like about it, what they don’t like about it, and how it differs from their original design. The students will then collaborate on a document that:

  • Tells about their original design and thoughts.
  • Tells about the final design and how it is similar and different from their original design.
  • Tells what they like and don’t like about their landmark.

They will then create a presentation using the tool of their choice that documents the process of building their landmark using the pictures and captions from the portfolio. They will add some points at the end from their collaborative document. They should also discuss why their landmark turned out different from their original design.



  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Creativity