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Stephen Elford
Elfie, gamer, educator, educational gamer.
Elfie, gamer, educator, educational gamer.

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Time for an Update
OK, I have been sitting on an update post for quite some time, but the time has come for me to finally let everyone know what has happened, is happening and why I appear to have dropped off the face of the Earth (again). To put it simply, I have changed job...

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A Taste of Open Endedness
I cannot remember whether I have posted about this prior to now, but I am currently working at a summer school in Greece, teaching a 2 week project for 3 hours a day (it is a hard life!!). My learning space for the two weeks. Say hi to #FamousFrank. This pr...

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So What Happened?
I have been holding off posting anything about the Minecraft Education Edition Beta because while I could get it running on my personal machines we ran into several problems getting it working on the school machines. The first of which was an installation i...

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Minecraft: Education Edition Beta Starts!!
It is an exciting day, the MC:EE Beta program officially started today. With something like 4000 users trialling this software within schools, the next few weeks are going to be super busy for Microsoft's development team. I have loaded it up and explored i...

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Conceptual Math and Minecraft
I really enjoy working with different people and getting a different perspective on teaching things. At the moment I am discussing with another teacher at my school about teaching conceptual math, rather than contentual. (I know that is not a word, but you ...

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Microsoft Acquires MinecraftEdu - What it Means.
Last night Microsoft announced that they had purchased MinecraftEdu from TeacherGaming and that they are planning on releasing their own Educational Edition ready for the start of the new school year (not the AU one, the US one). Until the Educational Editi...

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Blended Assessments in Minecraft.
In the past I have created many maps that I believe help students understand some of the content that I am trying to teach them. I have even planned whole projects within Minecraft tied to particular curriculum standards. I am, however, about to embark on a...

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Wrong Kind of Algebra...
So my initial plan of using Minecraft to help students make and understand function machines has to be put on hold until we actually cover that part of algebra. I had forgotten that we split this topic into 2 parts, an introduction where students learn abou...

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An Inkling.
So I was doing some thinking today (about 4 hours ago) about how to differentiate some of my coursework for my students, particularly the volume of 3D shapes I am currently teaching. However my thoughts ended up on the next topic, algebra. I have used Minec...

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TEDx Video is Live!
Well it has been just over a month, but it was definitely worth the wait. The TEDxRosalindParkED talk I did is now live on the TEDxTalks channel. I have watched it once, just to see (and to check that I didn't miss anything important from the script I had w...
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