The students are nearly driving me mad! They want to come in at each recess and lunchtime to continue learning in minecraft! It is now going viral! My 9/10 students have been allowed in on several occasions, but I am concerned about the others who want to come in and who have not been through our group discussion of appropriate behaviour and citizenship in minecraft etc. Their students love to show their friends how to play minecraft.
Almost a week to the day, one of my most experienced minecraft players came up to me at lunchtime and asked why the year 7 students were allowed into our world. It appears that the Quantum minecraft was not working (which is where they are supposed to be) and the technician suggested to their teacher that they could go into the school’s minecraft server.
Unfortunately, they raided Nathan’s place which he had so proudly built and shared its space with they other 9/10 ICT students. He had left tools for them in his chest, built a stove to cook food on and left signage everywhere to explain areas. To his consternation, the younger students had raided his house, broken his windows etc. I told him to come in at lunchtime to explore the extent of the damage only to find out that the year 7s were back in the world, using another computer lab in the school for access.
I quickly worked my way to the computer pod and let forth my wrath on the students who were all in there. They sheepishly said they were trying to repair the damage and put the place back as Nathan had left it. It took them all lunchtime to dig for sand to make more glass to repair the windows. They also replaced the tools in the chest. But rather amazingly, Nathan went down and then taught them more skills in the game! Faith is now restored in each other
The technician talked about trying to run another server so that year 7s and 9120s could work in a different world, but after discussion with the other teacher involved, we want them to learn to live together in this world. Some of the lessons learnt today would have been quite difficult to teach in a theory type class, but they have become poignant in the game.
It is obvious that we need to work with the students and develop a code of conduct and then just keep on learning together how to build collaboratively and live harmoniously together.
Do you have any advice for us? How do you manage school communities in minecraft. What experience could you share with us? Have you used or developed a set of protocols?