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@xannov
Nottingham, England
ICT Coordinator at a UK Junior School
Interests: many and varied :-)
Recent Activity
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It's always good to start again, and a new team of 20 pupils have had their first session in the world. They had a play with the keys and getting used to moving (when they've only played MC using a console, it's a little different using a keyboard!), and then... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at MineCraftEdu
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So after completing the project, we have since made two minor changes. (1) The Raspberry Pi we used has been replaced with a Raspberry Pi Zero (much smaller than the standard Pi), and the speakers have been replaced by a fitted 'Speaker pHat' that sits on top of the Pi... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at STEAM @porchester
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With the pupils completing the cinema design, it's time to move onto a new project. Except that there is one more thing needed at the cinema - something on the screens. They are sitting there blank. What would be much better would be picture (or a movie playing - even... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at MineCraftEdu
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Using the isometric view that MCMap creates from MineCraft data, (as mentioned in a previous post) I've created a view of the World created so far by pupils over the past few years. Seeing it like this, it suddenly becomes apparent just how much creativity there has been. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at MineCraftEdu
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This week the pupils completed their Palace design. They placed a two block high wooden fence on the roof to add an effect that worked perfectly as the final touch. As they had a little time left after completing this, they returned to the cinema design (they started this long... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at MineCraftEdu
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The palace project is progressing. Pupils have been working on this during their lunch and break times, and have made excellent progress. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at MineCraftEdu
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We've sorted the access issues we had on the laptops, and now the pupils can really crack on with the building of the Palace design. By the end of the latest club session they had completed the outline of the East face, and were well on the way to getting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at MineCraftEdu
A few hours later the children had discovered several more migrated beasts. "I can't believe that I got it right", said Nathaniel, "that there really was an eagle living in the sea. Wowzers. What a world". They had also watched a bear migrate into the sky, becoming an air-bear -... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at Beasts
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So the footprint for the pupils new project has been laid. Along with security guards, fences and even a familiar looking column. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at MineCraftEdu
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We're still having issues with the school laptops - meaning that things have dropped to a snails pace as we have only my staff laptop accessing our world. However - the Pixel Art is now completed, and when viewed from high up we can see this; Now the pupils are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at MineCraftEdu
The children had spent many hours watching the native beasts evolve. They had jotted down information about each beasts changes and drew images of the new, evolved beasts. After Nathaniel had finished his notes for the Gullinbursty, he watched another warthog nearby as it ate the rich, juicy grass around... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Beasts
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Name: Gullinbursty Habitat: Native Land Elemental Description / Information: The Gullinbursty has red spikes along the ridge of its purple looking back. It's blue and orange legs are much more colourful than the Warthog it evolved from, and it uses these powerful limbs to burst from a mud crust that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Beasts
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Name: Megalodon Habitat: Native Sea Elemental Description / Information: The Megalodon is more colourful than the Shark that it evolved from. It has much bigger teeth, and its powerful fins have patterns adorning them. Its large tail is striped and pushes through the sea effortlessly. Its eye has a vivid... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Beasts
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Name: Kraken Habitat: Native Sea Elemental Description / Information: This amazing animal is a migrated octopus called a Kraken that can make lights as bright as a disco - but under the sea! Kraken has got eight pink tentacles with spots underneath them. Its eye has flower petal patterns all... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at Beasts
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Name: Phoenix Habitat: Native Sky Elemental Description / Information: This Phoenix can look at things far away in the distance because it has sharp eyes. It is very colourful, and has its of patterns too. It has very sharp claws that hang down from its legs. Each wing is beautifully... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at Beasts
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Name: Toucan Habitat: Native Sky Elemental Description / Information: The rain bird has a blue green and pink bill with dark pink and orangey yellow spikes. It has a pink body that fades into purple The rain bird has spikes on its head too, but this time they are blue... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at Beasts
A few days later, after the children had written lots of descriptions of the beasts they they found, they discovered something rather strange. Ada had been watching the bear when it slowly began a deep growl and raised it head to the sky. It opened its huge mouth as wide... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Beasts
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We've had a few issues recently with new laptops, the final build of MineCraft Edu and java meaning that the pupils have been computer-less for their sessions. However, this just meant we had to be creative and plan out future activities using squared paper, and this time we chose to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at MineCraftEdu
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On Monday of this week the children planned out and added the code to make a Raspberry Pi chime and bong so that it sounds like the real clock in London. And today the small speaker we were waiting for arrived, meaning we could finish off the project. The Raspberry... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at STEAM @porchester
Jacob excitedly picked up the paper from the grass whilst Isabelle bent down and picked up the pencils and crayons. Nathaniel cried out "Let's explore the land first". The children ran across fields of grass through every shade of green. Ada stopped, looked up and shouted "Stop. Look up to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at Beasts
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Name: Warthog Habitat: Native Earth Beast Description / Information: Warthog has a brown body, with brown legs, and a lighter grey-brown head. Two large, white, curved tusks stick out from the top of its mouth at the end of its long nose. It likes to spend most of the day... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Beasts
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Name: Toucan Habitat: Native Sky Beast Description / Information: The toucan is a purple bird with a yellow belly. It's face is yellow with an orange beak. Toucan sleeps with its tail standing, and its head twisted over its shoulder so that its heavy beak rests on its back. When... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Beasts
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Name: Shark Habitat: Native Sea Beast Description / Information: Shark has smooth blue skin, powerful fins and a muscular tail. It has small, but sharp, teeth in his large blood stained mouth. Its jet black eye darts all around as it senses the slightest movements in the water around it.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Beasts
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Name: Octopus Habitat: Native Sea Beast Description / Information: Octopus is almost invisible in the water, and its skin shifts colours against the coral reefs and the ocean floor. It scuttles along using its eight legs to probe in rocks and crevices looking for food. If endangered or amused it'll... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Beasts
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Name: Eagle Habitat: Native Sky Beast Description / Information: The eagle is proud and massive. Its beak is sharp and its talons grip fish caught from the sea. Its eyes look a strange shape but its view of the world below is so wide that it can see every thing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Beasts