Learning Through New Worlds – Minecraft

Presented by: Claudine McGowan, Paul Kennedy, Melanie Mulligan

Minecraft is a programme that allows users to create and explore different worlds.  It allows for creativity and collaboration – two themes of this conference.  This is an extended presentation that provides  perspectives from a primary teacher recently qualified as a Minecraft Global Trainer, from a post-primary teacher who has implemented Minecraft within his school and from a Northern Irish, award winning, STEM in Minecraft (Vikings) primary school resource.

The final part of this will be hands-on BYOD.  Participants are recommended to pre-load the education edition of Minecraft on their Machines: https://education.minecraft.net/get-started/download/

Temporary licenses will be provided on the day.

Presenter Biography:

Claudine McGowan: I am a Digital Learning lecturer on the Bachelor of Education program in DCU. I worked as a primary school teacher for 10 years before this and have a Master of Education (with ICT specialism). I recently completed training to become a Minecraft Global Trainer.

Paul Kennedy: I am a technology teacher in Le Chéile Secondary School in Tyrrelstown, Dublin 15. We use iPads and Microsoft office in our school. We decided that MineCraft Education Edition, could help our students develop key skills outside and inside the classroom. This project was designed by teachers, however we are now only monitoring the inspiring work which our students are creating. I look forward to inspiring others to follow this creative and collaborative journey in their schools.

Melanie Mulligan: Melanie Mulligan completed her B.Ed (Biological Sciences) Degree at Westhill College, University of Birmingham. She worked as a primary school teacher before pursuing a career in curriculum development in Northern Ireland’s Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment where she has worked since 2002.

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