As part of the Immersive and Game Based Learning Faculty Grant challenge, the CCCS Hackathon Project will be involved with the Minecraft and More UnSymposium on December 6 and 7, 2013.
The Minecraft and More UnSymposium is an online synchronous tour and discussion of learning using this hugely popular video game. Minecraft that has sold over 12 million downloads worldwide and in the last 24 hours over 7,000 people have bought the game. Minecraft looks very similar to Legos and allows players to build and play with cubes in a 3D digital sandbox. It can be played on a PC, Mac, tablet or Xbox. This sandbox game has two basic modes, creative and survival.
The educational use of Minecraft has received recent coverage in the popular press, articles on Minecraft and education have included:
Disruptions: Minecraft, an Obsession and an Education Tool
Now Teachers Encourage Computer Games in Class
Caltech uses popular computer game Minecraft as education tool
Using Minecraft for Food System Education
If you are intrigued or if you would like to learn more about this game and how it may fit into online and blended education, then please join us. The Minecraft and More UnSymposium is a two day free online event on Friday, Dec. 6th from 4 pm – 8 pm and on Saturday, Dec. 7th from noon – 6 pm. It will include tours in Minecraft and an ongoing discussion of how it can be used in online and hybrid education. This discussion will also include the CCCS Hackathon project. These online sessions will run the gamut from demonstration of game play to serious curriculum discussions. All sessions will be livestreamed over Google Hangout on Air on the Games MOOC channel. http://www.youtube.com/gamesmooc
If you have a paid Minecraft account you will be able to login for the Minecraft tours. For schedule and more information please to http://gamesmooc.shivtr.com/pages/minecraftandmoremission
To register and receive updates please go to http://bit.ly/minecraftandmore
If you have any questions or need specific information, please contact me using the information provided below.
- Chris Luchs
Associate Dean, Career & Technical Education