I’ve finally gotten a version of my house that I’m temporarily happy with. Will be so sorry to lose it when we go to survival mode–getting all those mats in survival mode will take years!
Brief house description: ground floor with gardens bordered by moss stone. Roses, the pink flower, some blue flower. The ground floor houses the double bed, chests, furnace, and craft table. The next floor, reached by wide wooden stairs is the library. From the library there is a white marble staircase to an unspecified room that is made of green glass. There is a garden with a large acacia tree and a beam on the roof. I’ve also added a cantilevered terrace to one side.
Next: I want to learn how to make a railroad and use redstone! Hoping to see some people who can help me this weekend.
Have been able to get into the server for about 3-4 nights now. I got a good start on my house.
Finally learned how to fly. (Yes, I’ve been doing survival for 2 years so this flying thing is all new to me.) Got a chance to get a good look at everyone’s very clever creations. Loved the tree house art museum! I found a wonderful square house with a little mine cart running around the top. When I tried to ride the mine cart, I destroyed it. I am so sorry. Big apologies to whomever’s home it was.
And some people have twinkling, pulsing glow blocks! How do I do that?
At first, I thought creative mode was too cushy and not very interesting. I’ve changed my mind about that. I just did realize there were so many resources.
I just finished re-reading Jeff’s article “Meaningful Play–Making Professional Development Fun. I was struck by the importance of/emphasis on creating communities of learning where teachers interact. Through communities, one finds and explores new ideas. A corollary to this is that one must be self-motivated. As with the chronically disengaged student, there are chronically disengaged teachers. I’ve seen them come to my professional development sessions only because they want the credit for doing the year’s required PD, not because they are interested in the subject or technique I’m presenting. I think teachers need to be motivated to teach or, like many students who have no interest in learning English*, they will never be truly effective in the classroom.
*I teach adult ESL for the US Air Force. 80% of our students are from the Middle East.
Thank you to all who have gotten this course started. I did a little last year, but work constraints kept me from keeping up with the program. I’m hoping to do a bit more this year. Per instructions, I have introduced myself. (https://plus.google.com/116209614538239089720/posts/eJjv5M31hyu)
And have a Minecraft account. Username firstname.lastname@example.org.
And now I’ve a blog for my weekly reflections.
And I’ve submitted the form with all of the barely remembered info about my Skype & twitter accounts. Yes, my name is weftwaif. I’m a weaver.
I have to work slowly through this stuff. I’m not an ed tech person and have always worked with schools that frowned on technology so I’ve learned everything on my own just because I’m passionately interested in technology and education. So I’m comfortable with some things like actually playing Minecraft and using Second Life, but I have to think through using all the communications tools that are necessary for a course like this.
Am hoping to meet all of you in-world.