Art and Design
Students participate in a 15-minutes Minecraft build battle based on a specific theme (Halloween). Work is then shared and assessed using Padlet.
August 23, 2018
Halloween Build Battle Padlet
Allows for Remake, meaning that anyone can a copy of this padlet as a template for their own work.
Halloween Build Battle Export
PDF export of the project's Padlet.
Build Battles are mini games that can be played using Minecraft and they usually involve two players competing with each other on the same map/world. A theme or idea is given to the players and they have a very limited time, usually around 10 to 15 minutes, to complete their builds and reveal them to each other.
Builds are usually evaluated by the participants or community through a voting system and the winning builds are awarded. With the help of Padlet, an online collaboration platform, the teacher can gather all the students' created work on a shared board for everyone to have access to. By using Reactions, Padlet's evaluation and assessment tools, the teacher and students can rate, vote, grade or like the builds available and decide on the best one.
Build Battles are great filler activities when the teacher wants to have the class busy during the last 5-10 minutes of a lesson, or even as a way to gather original and creative ideas on a specific theme.
Using time as a creative constrain on projects of this kind the students push their creativity to the limits and end up with amazing work in their hands.
Students can use any Minecraft platform for this activity, Minecraft: Pocket Edition on their tablet/phones or Minecraft: Education Edition.
The teacher should have a new Padlet board available beforehand. The board sharing permissions should either be Secret (anyone with the link or QR code can access the Padlet) or Public, and those with access can write and edit on the board. The Padlet can also be accessed online from any platform or device, making the use of the app optional. In addition, under Settings the teacher should enable Reactions and select the appropriate assessment type (like, vote, star or grade). For this activity the Star rating was used that allows for posts to be rated in a 1-5 scale and then calculates the average rating. Finally, the teacher can edit the Padlet’s web address, giving it an easier name for students to type in their browser.
Build Battles are an interactive and fun way for students to show their creativity and originality on any given subject or theme. Having a time limit to complete their builds in the classroom obliges them to use the techniques they are most comfortable with but also take risks and try new things in order to get things done faster and better.
By the end of the activity the students are expected to:
The lesson plan is very flexible and can be adapted to any classroom situation, project and theme. The use of an online platform that allows for peer-to-peer assessment adds to the importance of learning from each other and can also be used for evaluating other types of activities or projects.