Creating Engaging Classrooms with MinecraftEdu

One of the biggest challenges a teacher faces with students is engagement. There is vast untapped potential with game-based learning tools to engage our students once again. Address curriculum standards while encouraging complex thinking, problem solving, and collaboration in an online learning environment through the use of MinecraftEdu. In this workshop teachers will gain hands-on experience, from beginner to builder, using MinecraftEdu as a teaching tool while participating and discussing the merits of learning in this environment.

Getting Started with MinecraftEdu

So you have seen Minecraft, you understand the powerful learning tool it can be...but now what? In this workshop, teachers will review the aspects of Minecraft that make it engaging to students. With a firm understand of the many roles Minecraft can play in a lesson, teachers will work on completing a map to integrate a topic of concept. This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the many building tools and educational features available to them when creating the ultimate learning environments.

Ready, Set, Animate! with LEGO Movie Maker

Before Minecraft, there was LEGO! Before movies there was pictures! Engage students in an activity that can span any content area or standard while allowing students to express learning through creative stop motion animations. During this hands on workshop participants will use the LEGO Movie Maker iOS app to create short stop motion animations. You bring the device with the app installed, I will bring the LEGO, together we will make learning entertaining!

Code: The New Literacy

Computer science and computational thinking skills are in high demand. Nine out of 10 parents want their child to study computer science, but only 1 in 4 schools teach computer programming. Job opportunities are growing at a rate of 4x the graduates to fill them. In this session, we will use Code.org to create an app and code without a computer. Then we will work with some programmable bots in an effort to bring the coding into the real world! Skills of computational thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, persistence and problem solving will be our focus. Use this session as a springboard to get code into your classroom!

2017 Presentations and Workshops

HITC 2017: Hawaii Island TechEd Collaboration
March 31, 2017

EdTechTeam Hawaii Summit Featuring Google for Education
March 25-26, 2017

ECET2 (Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching)
March 4, 2017

Ignite Innovations at 'Iolani Schools
February 18, 2017

2016 Presentations and Workshops

2016 Schools of the Future Conference
October 20-21, 2016

Minecon 2015 Anaheim, CA
September 24-25, 2016

ISTE: 2016 (International Society for Technology in Education) Denver, CO
June 28-July 2, 2016

Kamehameha Schools Kūkulu Kaiaulu 2016 "E ‘Apo Aku, I Nā Mea Hou"
June 7-8, 2016

Hawaii STEM Conference
May 6, 2016

HITC 2016: Hawaii Island TechEd Collaboration
March 29, 2016

EdTechTEam Hawaii Summit Featuring Google for Education
March 25-26, 2016

It's Great to be a Teacher
March 5, 2016

Ignite Innovations at 'Iolani Schools
February 13, 2016

ECET2 (Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching)
January 30, 2016

2015 Presentations and Workshops

2015 Schools of the Future Conference
November 3-4, 2015

ICEM (International Council for Educational Media) Colombia, South America
September 29-October 2, 2015

iTeach808
September 19, 2015

Punahou Summer Lab School 2015: Gaming and Play!
July 6-10, 2015

Minecon 2015 London, England
July 4-5, 2015

ISTE: 2015 (International Society for Technology in Education) Philadelphia
June 28-July 2, 2015

Kamehameha Schools Kūkulu Kaiaulu 2015 “Hana Pono”
June 8-10, 2015

Teacher Gaming West Coast Tour 2015
April 25-May 2, 2015

HITC 2015: Hawaii Island TechEd Collaboration
March 27, 2015

EdTechTeam Hawaii Summit Featuring Google for Education
March 20-21, 2015

Kamehameha Schools Mashups (Kapalama Campus)
January 31, 2015

iTeach808
January 17, 2015

Kamehameha Schools (Kapalama Campus)
January 15, 2015

2014 Presentations and Workshops

NW Complex 21st Century Learning Summit
October 31, 2014

Punahou Summer Lab School 2014: Coding in the Classroom!
June 23-26, 2014

Kamehameha Schools Kūkulu Kaiaulu 2014 “Believe”
June 3-4, 2014

HITC 2014: Hawaii Island TechEd Collaboration
April 17, 2014

Kamehameha Schools (Kea’au Campus)
April 16, 2014