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Take a tour of the GamingEdus Minecraft server for educators

In addition to writing books and teaching kids with Minecraft, I also run a Minecraft server for educators called GamingEdus. With the help of a group of amazing colleagues, we’ve set up this server to be a fun, safe online space for educators to come explore Minecraft, learn the game and talk with other like-minded teachers about using it with their students.

For a long time I’ve wanted to showcase our server and now I’ve finally got the ball rolling with our first in series of videos taking viewers on a tour of the GamingEdus Minecraft server for educators.  It’s a quick guide to our spawn point and safehouse area. You also get to see me pwned by an iron door-button contraption. That’s always a bonus.

If you’re an educator curious to delve deeper with Minecraft, then join us! Fill out the GamingEdus server whitelist request form and you’ll be spilling buckets of lava with us in no time.


Play, Build & Explore: Three projects for teachers this summer

As week two of the summer vacation kicks in here in Ontario, I’ve been thinking of ways I can enjoy myself, while growing as an educator. I’ve come up with 3 projects I’m going to try before school returns in September. I’m encouraging others to give them a try too (if you’re not doing something like them already!)

1. Play without Purpose

You hear a lot of talk around “gaming” and “play” in schools and while I think it’s great, I also think we’re missing the point. Most often when play or games are used with students or anyone really, there is a “goal”, a reason to play, a purpose. Collect the most points, kill the most zombies, cover the most territory on the board, etc. Through my work with the researchers at EDGE Lab at Ryerson (where my amazing wife works), I’ve come to see the benefits of play with no goal, no purpose, no reason other than because it’s fun. Play for play’s sake.