I was very fortunate to do a couple of presentations last week on Minecraft in the Math Classroom. On May 1st, I drove up to Saskatoon for the Saskatchewan IT Summitt and did an hour workshop on using Minecraft. I was an early morning and a couple of long drives i one day, but it was totally worth it. I enjoyed sharing my Minecraft journey to date and sharing the work my students are doing in my class. We even had a chance to do a build battle and it was fun to watch teachers explore and build with Minecraft. I also had chance to check out other great presentations on STEM, Coding, Genius Hour, and Minecraft. It was a short but sweet day for sure. On Sunday May 7th, I had the chance to participate in another cool PD opportunity. I was a presenter in the #MADPD initiative with other educators from across the world. Make A Difference PD gave me another chance to share my Minecraft journey. MAD PD (https://mrcssharesease.wordpress.com/m-a-d-p-d/) was an initiative started by Peter Cameron and Derek Rhodenizer as they came up with a great way to bring together and connect over 60 educators and their big ideas with fellow educators who could get world class PD in the comfort of their own home. I shared my inspiration, the rational behind why I use Minecraft, lessons and student examples, resources, and more the video of the Google Hangout can be found here http://youtu.be/9POUF6kYbDo. and my presentation can be found here http://deanvendramin.weebly.com/minecraft-in-the-classroom.html. I was also luck to have Minecraft Mentor Garrett Zimmer @pbjellygames join me and offer so much insight and support. It was a busy but great week of sharing and I'm glad for these opportunities to share, grow and learn.
Dean Vendramin. Educator for over 20 years. Currently Education Leader for Math/Science at Archbishop M.C. O'Neill Catholic High School. Have a passion for all things in education with emphasis on technology integration, assessment, professional development, and 21 Century Education. Posts are articles he has written for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation monthly newsletter The Bulletin, Saskatchewan Math Teachers' Society The Variable, blog requests from memberships he is a part of, and his own thoughts.