Seriously, for 70 minutes a day, my students are supposed to practice their keyboarding skills. Well, that wasn't going to work for me.
A common (and valid) complaint among the teaching staff here at SEED is that students lack some basic computer skills. For most teachers, this means that students don't understand the basics of word processing. It's a terrible cliche that anyone under the age of 18 has an inherent and impressive knowledge of computers. My students could use their phone to friend on you on Facebook in 11 seconds flat, but ask them to center and underline some text in a document, and you'll be met with a blank stare.
So my solution is to teach the basics of word processing using game based learning. If you've been following along with my blog posts, you probably know what I'm going to say next. Yep, we're heading to Minecraft.
So, here's what I've done.
- Found a beautiful MC seed (blank map)
- Found 20 unique locations on the map
- Setup stations at those 20 locations, that include a treasure chest with some basic supplies
Also, here's one of my tutorial videos: