Minecraft….building a cooperative community ….
Interested students at year 9 were offered the opportunity to be moderators in our new Minecraft community. They jumped at the chance, creating a code of conduct for fellow students and setting about to create the basis of our community before year 8 students were bought into it to then play, plan, build and create a cooperative community. Why year 8 students? As we are 1:1 school at year 7 and years 9-12 the opportunity to create a cooperative Minecraft community was given to year 8 students as they have little access to technology. Students and parents have to sign code of conducts. These codes of conducts were created by our student moderators and overseen by myself and an ex-student who is assisting me in offering students opportunities in gaming and programming. The same code of conduct was also slightly changed for the moderators meaning that all students were now agreeing to be part of a community and supporting constructively all students within the community.
Here is what the students came up with for the code of conduct:
It is an amazing experience especially as i haven’t taught year 8 for about 20 years to see the students so enthusiastic and engaged is heart warming. They arrive promptly almost as soon as they exit class it seems, eat away from the computers and then focus on Minecraft! What would be amazing to most of the staff that teach them is that they can concentrate for the entire lunchtime on their tasks, follow behavior instructions from the moderators of using manners and supporting each other and listen to what they are told. They are so engrossed that they don’t even hear the music go for the end of lunch and to get their attention a moderator needs to send them all a message on screen to log off!!!
It is awesome to see students so engaged.
Here is what my Minecraft students have been building..
Here is a walk through of our community so far…. more to come and grow 🙂