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Do you want a glimpse into the future of education?

I rarely like to make predictions in educational technology save for organizational missions. But here is a trend that I hope gains critical mass.

Imagine a system where kids do not see a difference between gaming and learning. Where assessment is meaningful and negotiated. Where the kids learn immediately because what they practice is relevant now and in the future.

Imagine no more and listen to a student tell you what and how.

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This is the fifth and final part of my series on informal and emergent learning with Minecraft.

It is not obvious in the video, but writing with Minecraft is not limited to preparing signs for others in the virtual world or messaging collaborators.

Outside that system are Minecraft wikis, blogs, discussion groups, Google+ circles, and other communities that write about Minecraft. Learners have rich opportunities to mine and create the resources here.

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In this 3.5 minute video, my son and I illustrate how Minecraft might be used to practice arithmetic and put a plan to action.

This video is probably the shortest in our series so far on informal learning with Minecraft. But I think the exchanges of when I teach him and when he teaches me is the most obvious in this video.

Viewers might note that my view of Minecraft sports a different look. I apply the Sphax texture pack to make things look a bit less blocky.

I shot the time-lapse sequences with an iOS app called OSnap. My “camera” view of Minecraft was screencaptured with Quicktime and all videos were processed in iMovie (OS Maverick).

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Today I share another part of my series on informal and emergent learning with Minecraft. This episode focuses on opportunities for connecting and collaborating with other players.

This video is different in a few ways.

First, instead of presenting it as one continuous video, there are a total of five smaller parts (including the introduction above).

Second, this video was a combination of videos recorded and edited over a few weekends. I typically try one-take wonders because they are easier to edit. But the new version of iMovie in Mac OS Maverick is more usable than the previous version so I am flexing a little post-production muscle.

Third, this video does not include the usual CeL-Ed lead-in and lead-out video segments. This is to prevent confusion when selecting which parts to watch.

I recommend watching the videos on a desktop or laptop web browser so that you can click on hotspots. But I provide links to the video segments in the video descriptions in YouTube should you be on a more mobile device.

I am going to be busy helping out at an NTU event today and tomorrow. This means little time to reflect.

So I am sharing a blooper sneak of next Monday’s video on informal learning with Minecraft.

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The next video is going to comprise of five short parts (including the blooper above). They are going to be linked via YouTube video hotspots.

A lot of work goes into making these simple videos. But we also have fun doing them.

Another positive thing to come out from making videos with my son was the fact that he asked to learn how to make his own videos. Now we know another thing he can spend his school vacation time on!

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In this episode, my son and I illustrate how you can start with a tiny plot of land and few resources in Skyblock in Minecraft to create whatever you can imagine.

One of the things my son wanted to do was make some money because he spent some buying resources and even got some stolen when a few unscrupulous players discovered a bug in the system.

So he created a store. At first it required close monitoring and manual exchange of money for goods. Combing the processes of observing, discovering, and tinkering, he figured how to automate the selling process.

But while he was technically adept at this, he did not know how to advertise, sell items for reasonable prices, or even ensure that the previous store did not burn down!

Yes, the store in the snippet I featured in the introduction of this series no longer exists because of an in-game fire.

So building the store and maintaining it created opportunities to learn basic entrepreneurial principles and that prevention was better than cure.

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Last Monday I provided a sneak preview of my short video series on informal and emergent learning with Minecraft. I called that part 1.

This is the actual part 1.

In this part, my son and I explore the use of coordinates for path-finding. We also talk about importance of being persistent whether in a game or in life.

I have already been asked if I script videos with my son. I do not.

I might have an idea of concepts I might want to bring up or things I hope to discuss. But I leave it to the rather messy process of emerging dialogue and the time-consuming process of video editing to present something coherent.

An adult worries about time-on-task, objectives, and measuring impact. A child just gets on with the learning, finds ways to enjoy the process, and shows off occasionally.

It is a very humbling and valuable experience to co-learn with my son and I enjoy every minute of it!

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