Free ePub – Making Learning Mobile

Last year, I was asked to present at the BEAQ conference in Brisbane. The BEAQ is the Business Educators Association of Queensland, who generally have a member base of, as the name would suggest, Business Studies educators who predominantly work in secondary colleges across the state of Queensland.

My workshop focused on the following areas:
1. Benefits of using mobile technology within and outside of the classroom
2. SAMR model and how it relates to planning and delivering lessons using mobile technology
3. Edmodo – How Edmodo can be used in your classroom with detailed explanations and tutorials about the Edmodo Workflow
4. Showbie – The future of assessment and feedback for students and teachers including detailed explanations and tutorials about the Showbie Workflow

As part of the workshop, I created a multitouch book with all of the content that I presented on the day. The ePub file can be downloaded by clicking on the link below. Please note the due to the video content within this book, the current file size is roughly 215mb but well worth the wait I assure you. I am in the process of applying for the relevant accreditation to publish this book via iTunes so get it while it’s free 😉

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IMG_5962Let me start of with an apology, you see, I’ve realised just little effort I put into my blog over the last 12 months and it’s a little embarrassing. I have Now that that’s out of the way, let me get down to business. I’ve been reflecting on some of the positive projects that I initiated last year as I am deciding which of these to continue for the upcoming academic year. One of the most enjoyable and surprising projects of 2013 was my Minecraft Club which I previously blogged about oh so many moons ago. been pretty active on Twitter in the last year though and I have had some pretty major events occur in my personal life throughout 2013, however my blogging activity does need addressing and I aim to blog more often in 2014.

The aim of the club was to explore how Minecraft could be used in the context of education to enhance teaching and learning.

Now I am well aware of software such as Minecraft Edu and so forth, however, my school runs a 1:1 iPad program so I really wanted to explore the iOS version and how the students could integrate their love of Minecraft with their learning tasks within a classroom.

Keep Calm

It’s no surprise to me that when I got out the way and let the students lead their learning, what they produce completely blew me away! It’s so important as educators to allow the students to drive their learning and unfortunately, it’s not something that too many of my colleagues feel comfortable enough to do.

All year, I’ve been collecting images and videos of students working on the complex structure during our weeklyMinecraft club with the intentionofputting it together to showcase some of the amazing work that has been produced. It’s been one of the things that has always been on the back of my mind but finding the time to complete it was somewhat challenging.

So rather than waffle on about all the different ways that you could use Minecraft in your classrooms, and trust me, the possibilities are endless, here’s the video that I created highlighting some of the work that was create but grade 5 students – 10 and 11 year olds. I hope you all find this as amazing as I do. Enjoy. DM

Minecraft in Education – Starting a Minecraft Club