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Halloween Build Battle

All Ages

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.

avatar Submitted By: Kyriakos Koursaris

August 23, 2018

Skills

  • Character
  • Communication
  • Creativity

External References

Padlet.com

Padlet's Homepage

Halloween Build Battle Padlet

Allows for Remake, meaning that anyone can a copy of this padlet as a template for their own work.

Supporting Files

Halloween Build Battle Export


PDF export of the project's Padlet.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will create artistic and original builds in a limited time.
  • Students will focus on a specific theme and make the best use of their resources.
  • Students will share their work on a collaborative platform and evaluate each others work using peer-to-peer quantitative feedback.

Guiding Ideas

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.

Student Activities

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.

Lesson plan:

  • The teacher announces a build battle between all students. Each student will then create a flat creative world on their device.
  • The teacher reveals the theme to the students, as well as the time limit for the activity. The theme can be something completely random or connected to a calendar event, school project or time of the year.
  • The teacher projects a countdown timer and students are given the go to begin their builds.
  • At the end of the timer students are asked to take the best screenshot of their build that they can take and then save and quit their projects.
  • The teacher then shares the Padlet with the whole classroom, either by link or QR code. Students then add their screenshots to the board by creating notes on the Padlet. After all the notes have been created (and everyone can see each other’s posts on their device), the students can rate all the available projects.
  • Students can rate each project only once. To award students for their participation to the activity and after voting for everyone else, they can also vote for their own build with a 5-star rating.
  • The Padlet can be exported as an image or PFD file and shared in social media or internally with the school community.

 

Performance Expectations

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:

  • Know how a Build Battle works, what are the rules and how to share their finished work with their peers.
  • Understand how to manage time and resources to create something original and creative in a very short time.
  • Make proper use of a Padlet board and learn how to present their work on a collaborative board.
  • Understand the importance of appropriate and respectful feedback and assessment.

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.

Skills

  • Character
  • Communication
  • Creativity

External References

Padlet.com

Padlet's Homepage

Halloween Build Battle Padlet

Allows for Remake, meaning that anyone can a copy of this padlet as a template for their own work.

Supporting Files

Halloween Build Battle Export


PDF export of the project's Padlet.

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