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Zoo via Minecraft


For the past couple of years I have done a project where 7th grade students design a tri-fold brochure in Microsoft Publisher for a zoo of their own creation.  It has always been a pretty popular assignment and shows the students creativity.  This year I changed it up a little bit and introduced students to Minecraft.  If you have never played Minecraft, it is like a big Lego land.  It allows you to build and destroy blocks and create an entire world.  I gave students the task of creating a representation of their zoo in Minecraft.  I was unsure if it would be popular or not, but holy smokes did it take off!   

Normally I have maybe a handful of students during my computer resource at the end of the day.  But this past week I have filled all thirty computers during that hour and have a waiting list!  Also Minecraft fever has spread throughout the entire middle school.  6th and 8th grade students who are not doing the project have asked if they can come in during lunch or after school to do the project!  The 7th graders are not done yet, but I can share their brag boards.  Today I had students take screen shots of something they built and post them on Linoit.  Feel free to explore their images.  I will have an update to this post Thursday (April 14) with two additional links.  


4th Hour: http://linoit.com/users/mrcowen/canvases/Minecraft%20Zoo%20Comp%207%3A4A

5th Hour: http://linoit.com/users/mrcowen/canvases/Minecraft%20Zoo%20Comp%207%3A5A

7th Hour: http://linoit.com/users/mrcowen/canvases/Minecraft%20Zoo%20Comp%207%3A7A

Zoo Tri-fold Instructions for Publisher: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/17217076/zoo_tri_fold_instructions.pdf


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  1. April 20, 2012 at 6:28 pm

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