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MINECRAFT MENTOR MEETUP – GAMES FOR CHANGE, NYC

I had the great fortune of attending Minecraft Mentor Meetup during the Games for Change Event in NYC this June.

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Enthusiastic Minecraft Mentor cohort included educational training companies, STEM instructional facilitators, and school digital leaders from across various countries/continents – Australia, Israel, UK, India and US.

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The purpose of the meetup was to foster connections between mentors, learn from peers, promote creativity, collaboration and project design by putting the mentor minds at work. True to typical Minecraft session formats, the session began with ‘Get-to-know’ followed by ‘Learn & Play’; ‘Prepare to Craft’ and then Design to make a difference.

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Led by the most welcoming Minecraft leaders Sara Cornish and Meenoo Rami, the event began with an activity to brush up on our networking skills where we were given a card each as we entered the room with the image of a Minecraft agent or tool that were colour-coded to aide finding a matching partner. This was an ice-breaker activity for ‘getting to know’ other mentors in each group table.

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Once familiar with each other, the group was thrown a challenge to ‘Learn & Play’ and ‘Prepare to Craft’ together. Minecraft Mentor Meetup Build Challenge was an opportunity to informally mingle with each other over food and beverages to discuss what we could build in accordance with the given challenge card. It was a great way to explore ideas around the given theme which in our case was to build a Pixel art piece. We all had an opportunity to think and create in the given Minecraft world and learn from each other’s expertise. Personally, for me it was a wonderful learning opportunity as my expertise lies in designing plans rather than creating in Minecraft world and this gave me access to seek advice to improvise on my work from mentors that have had more experience

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The next challenge given to the global mentors was to design a plan that could help create a global impact using Minecraft. Suddenly the room was buzzing and noisy as each of the mentor groups got thinking of a unique way to create an impact. Being a curriculum writer, designing plans comes quickly to me and with the best to brainstorm with we came up with a plan that was a call-to-action towards a more tolerant world. With much going around us, students today need to be more open-minded than ever towards accepting other cultures, religion and respecting diversity.

To cap off the brainstorming session, the floor was opened to all groups to present and share their ideas and plans which brought in perspectives, diverse project ideas covering range of subject areas and age groups. Talking to and hearing fellow mentors helped motivate me even more to learn and gain experience using this framework and even create my own project. Bringing this huge learning back home, my enterprise, De Pedagogics, will soon be hosting a Minecraft Meetup back in India real soon.

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Thanks to Minecraft team especially Meenoo Rami and Sara Cornish for bringing the best and brightest mentors together and provided us this dynamic workspace for 3-hours (that ended sooner than expected) to meet, learn, explore and grow.

 

Insights from Nurturing Education Summit 2017 – Jaipur

Thank you Jaipur for engaging actively and being participative to make Nurturing Education Summit 2017 a great success!

The day began with the welcome address and the principal’s address followed by participants choosing to attend the session that they wished to be a part of. Here’s glimpse of the Jaipur Summit

 

Sharing participant’s thoughts at the end of the day

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Looking forward to many more sessions

Nurturing Education Summit 2017

Nurturing Education Summit: Professional Learning for 21st century Educators is presented by De Pedagogics, in partnership with a leading Host School of the city.

Join the Nurturing Education Summit team as we empower, explore and engage to talk about layering learning content with pedagogies and match the digital tools to create immersive effective learning environments that can support educators in the delivery of exciting concept-based, competency-driven curriculum. This full day of training will equip educators with the understanding and application that they seek to reimagine education in the classroom and thus school.

Be prepared to be engaged in challenging and fun activities while exploring evidence-based practice surrounding computational thinking and creative technologies through these training modules.

For further updates, click here

See you there!

Insightful speaking and presenting experience at #Office365Summit held at Guangzhou, China for educators and school leaders from international schools across China, hosted by by @21CLInternational at American International School, Guangzhou, China

Held 3 sessions on:
– Personalised Learning for Diverse Learners using Learning Tools in #OneNote
– Redefine Learning with #Microsoft Classroom in Office 365
– Stay connected with #Yammer

Spoke about ‘Power Up your #PowerPoint’ during conference TeachMeet

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