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The following is a summary of notes taken during a co-design session with a 10-year-old boy that focused on his experience playing Minecraft and how it might relate to the design of an education-based toolkit for self-reflection (MyL3).
Likes to use “mods” in Minecraft because otherwise the game is “kind of bland”
Uses the word “trajectory” to describe his goal or path in the game (a sense of how to work incrementally towards a desired state of the character)
I decide my trajectory - if I want to be a miner, I need a pickaxe, if I want to be a fighter, I need a sword
My brother plays Minecraft for fun, not really with a trajectory
When asked how he figured out how to build something the first time (i.e. a pickaxe)
“I have all the handbooks in Canada, I followed them”
I learned from other people - “friends at school and stuff”
We play games like Pitforge (it’s a server)
We use Skype
Sometimes I just try some things
I also teach ("I'll show you how I think I got better")
How do you know you’re getting better?
I don’t die constantly
Also, I know when to fight and when to flight
If there’s a player with a diamond armour and diamond sword he’s gonna kill the guy
“You experience stuff”
A “newb” - I’m happy to help
"and I found out other things from other people, and now I consider myself very good"
Has been playing for 3-4 years
In the beginning - they used a big chalkboard and they would tell Mom what’s in the village and they’d list them all - every day for a week they’d each build something - they would choose e.g. the town hall, the armoury - they were on the same server, building in the same space
This allowed them to work together, to plan and prepare together
Too much openness can (over time) cause some anxiety and frustration and doing some of the co-creation they did in the kitchen helped keep them focus and have some structure
Note: This can be done to some extent within minecraft with Minecraft Education
How to make school more like Minecraft?
School would be more of a survival thing
Something like Minecraft to help with school subject - like math - how would it work?
Maybe with Minecraft edu? how many cobblestones do you need to build a furnace? You could have all the students on the server doing math equations. And there is a “set trajectory” set by the teacher.
Doing math or spelling words to build tools ? don’t want the math just plunked on top - how to integrate it more? Something like “Math Wizard”
Why do people like Minecraft so much?
Because it’s so open
Some kids don’t like it for that same reason - they like other games
Do you ever start all over again? Or do you always build on what came before?
Yes and no
I Sometimes do