Hear me talk about Minecraft all week (please tip your waiter)

14809390790_3a44437c95_bSometimes the Minecraft stars align, and sometimes they get all jumbled, and sometimes they just run into a creeper and get blown up.

Wait… where was I going with all this?

Oh, right! This week I am participating in not one, but two (count them: two!) talks about Minecraft and learning, one in a podcast and one live in NYC.

1. PODCAST

This Tuesday I will be participating in a live podcast on the topic of “Project-Based Learning in Minecraft”. Together we will asking the question: How can Minecraft be mobilized to support project-based learning experiences?

It will be Nov 10, at 4est. You can learn more about it, or watch it live, here.

The podcast is the second in a series: Supporting Connected Learning Experiences in Minecraft

update: 11/11/15 – it’s all over and you can watch it in full technicolor below

 

2. LIVE in NYC!

Then this Thursday, at the Bard Graduate Center (38 West 86th Street), from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, I’m thrilled to be participating on the panel: Toys in Context: Sweden, Scandinavia, and the Digital World.

Yeah, that’s right – a panel on SWEDISH TOYS, so of course we’ll be talking about Minecraft. Here’s the official description:

Colin Fanning, Barry Joseph and Juliet Kinchin place the popular Swedish game Minecraft within the history of play and contemporary gaming culture. They show how the creative and building aspects of the game, in which its players build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3-D generated world, enable players to collaborate in creating wonderfully innovative and imaginative things. The event concludes with a demonstration in which audience members are encouraged to participate.

Yup, it’s all about the textured cubes. And my son – I think I will mostly be talking about my son growing up with Minecraft over the past 5 years and what that means for 21st Century Learning. And he might even be there to join me. We’ll see.

Come join if interested and, if you can’t make it, I’ll plan to post the recordings up here.

About Barry

The Associate Director For Digital Learning, Youth Initiatives at the American Museum of Natural History.
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