Technology: Minecraft in the Classroom
Minecraft is an open-ended single and multi-player game world where students can explore, design, and create while practicing problem solving and critcal thinking skills. At first, students build structures for protection, but as the game grows players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things. Students wil be given tasks, goals, and obstacles to overcome, which will in turn develop grit and perseverance.
When we started using this program at Momilani, we began by teaching math concepts such as multiplication, conversions, decimals, graphing and probability. To date, there have been approxmately 40 math based lessons / maps created within MinecraftEdu.
Since those ealy years, the use of Minecraft has evolved and we now utilize it to incorporate real life problems with content through a project based learning environment. Students work in groups of 4-6 and are expected to collaborate and communicate in a virutal online learning environment. Minecraft creates a safe learning environment where students are encouraged to take risks and extend the learning through immersive content. Here are some of the projects we will be working on this quarter:
The Momilani Development Group (MDG) has commissioned you and your team to write, develop and build 3D stories! We have been looking for the next big thing to add to our portfolio. We would like you to come up with a story visitors can walk through and interact with. Oh, there is one other thing, the stories need to incorporate multiplication and arrays! Good luck teams, we look forward to seeing your submissions!
- Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique. descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
- Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems in situations involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities.
- Solve two-step word problems using the four operations. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity.
- Draw a scaled picture graph and a scaled bar graph to represent a data set with several categories.
The Momilani Development Group (MDG) has commissioned you and your team to research, develop and thrive in a new land! The MDG has recently purchased a remote island for research focused on how individuals or groups deal with conflict, cooperation, and interdependence within an ahupua'a. This project will test your abilities as critical thinkers, problem solvers, and success will be up to you.
- Explain the origins and culture of early Hawaiians
- Explain the history of Hawaii's early economy
- Evaluate the kapu system in the context of the time
- Describe how individuals or groups deal with conflict, cooperation, and interdependence within the ahupua'a
- Explain how language, traditional lore, music, dance, artifacts, traditional practices, beliefs, values, and behaviors are elements of culture and contribute to the preservation of culture
- Describe the economic interdependence among those living in the ‘ahupua'a
The Momilani Development Group (MDG) has commissioned you and your team to research, develop and implement a mass transit system! We need to experiment with minecarts and rails in the Minecraft world. Throughout these experiments you will work with independent, dependent, and control variables. The results of your experiments will be recorded and submitted to the governing board for approval. Your teams will then move into the city and begin planning and construction of the new mass transit system.
- Fluently multiply multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
- Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.
- Measure volumes by counting unit cubes, using cubic cm, cubic in, cubic ft, and improvised units.
- Identify the variables in scientific investigations and recognize the importance of controlling variables in scientific experiments.
- Formulate and defend conclusions based on evidence.
- Use models and/or simulations to represent and investigate features of objects, events, and processes in the real world.
Welcome new entrepreneurs to a project brought to you by the Momilani Development Group! Each team has been selected to participate in this project based on your excellent track records for exploration, mining, farming, and crafting. Industry is the economic activity concerned with the processing of raw materials and manufacture of goods in factories.You will be given a one time loan of up to $5000.00, you use that money for a one time purchase of materials and equipment from the MDG. Each team will start out as a mere Startup but look to become the first Industry Giant!
- Understand the concept of a ratio and use ratio language to describe a ratio relationship between two quantities.
- Understand the concept of a unit rate a/b associated with a ratio a:b with b ? 0, and use rate language in the context of a ratio relationship.
- Understand that positive and negative numbers are used together to describe quantities having opposite directions or values.
- Write and evaluate numerical expressions involving whole-number exponents.