8-10 yrs old
11-13 yrs old
Reading and Writing
Students from separate classes must work together to build a village in Minecraft. They may only communicate via OneNote. Skilful communication is key
June 8, 2018
An online guide for students
How much detail is required to communicate an idea?
Can you communicate in words an image that you have in your mind?
Place students from the 2 classes into groups of 4 (2 from one class and 2 from another)
Create a OneNote book and paste a ‘Can edit’ link to the OneNote book on the Library website. (This provides quick and easy access for students)
Create a Minecraft World (flat + creative)
Bring the 2 classes together and discuss places that can often be found in a city (shops, sports grounds, parks etc). Brainstorm and list ideas. Each group of 4 students (organsied during preparation) decides on which part of the city they would like their group to create. Each group is assigned a OneNote page for collaboration and communication.
One class logs into Minecraft ‘Year 4 City’ World. In their assigned pairs the students begin creating their place in the city. At the end of the lesson each pair opens their OneNote page (see preparation) and writes a description of the work they have completed. They also make suggestions to their other group members, for moving forward with the building. The second class then logs on – reads messages left in OneNote and continue building. If they make changes to what their peers suggested, they note these changes in their ‘Progress Report’ for their buddies, and again, they leave suggestions for moving forward.
Bring all students together to discuss their result and provide face to face feedback on how effective the communication process was. Ask students to suggest ways it could have been improved. (Should we include diagrams, audio podcasts etc). Suggestions for improvement are shared with the whole cohort via an informal discussion.
Students will have an organised and practical OneNote page which they can access and contribute to independently
Dialogue between team members on OneNote should show an improvement in the content and detail added throughout the task.
Students will have completed their part of the Year 4 Minecraft City.