Computer Game Curriculum
Genius Hour Question
-I have been a pretty avid gamer basically my entire life. Starting off with the Gameboy Pocket and evolving all the way to the Xbox One and PS4, I have been gaming the whole way through. This led me to the idea of researching video games in the classroom. I was never really able to experience their use much during my time in school but I loved seeing some of the various ways they have been used these past few years, especially with one of my favorite games, Minecraft. This game quickly became the main focus of my research.
Surprisingly, a game that is deceptively very simple, consisting of what appears to just be the ability to build with blocks, can actually be very complicated. Through the use of the many different materials in the game, players can create complicated circuits, machines, and structures ranging from basic houses to entire cities. City building was one of my favorite lessons from Mr. Miller's class. His students were assigned to research an ancient Chinese city and various lifestyles, followed by building the different houses and shops that made up the city. This tied in a great deal of history and researching, as well as creativity and critical thinking about how to make the buildings into a reality. His various lessons on the blog do a great job of demonstrating just how diverse and useful Minecraft can be in the classroom.
One of the many buildings created by Mr. Miller's students in their Chinese city
The Poetry Path created by students to bring poems they have written to life
A lesson on literacy designed by Mr. Miller to bring life to the characters in stories they have read
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