Coding & Tech
Builder's Club in Minecraft: Design & Build With Friends (Ongoing)
Join a community of young designers who meet once a week or more to collaborate and build under the mentorship of a skilled counselor in Minecraft (Minecraft Java Edition for PC / Mac Only. NO iPad or Tablet).
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Completed by 1520 learners
Once per week
learners per class
How does an "Ongoing" course work?
Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills
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PLATFORM: (Minecraft Java Edition for PC / Mac Only! Not compatible with Ipads, Kindles, Tablets, Phones, and Game Consoles.) SKILL LEVEL: This program is meant for Basic level players. This program requires Basic reading comprehension, Basic proficiency with computers, and no prior experience with Minecraft. PROGRAM OVERVIEW: Our Builder’s Club is a community for Minecraft enthusiasts to collaborate in projects and build structures together. Like all Connected Camps programs, this class...
— Collaboration Through Teamwork: Our students are encouraged to work together and collaborate towards a common goal! Students will team up during group activities to build without any resource restraint in Creative Mode. — Learn Conflict Resolution Skills: As every student is different, they may encounter differing opinions or wants and needs from another student. Our counselors are available to help facilitate students in finding a common ground during unexpected times of emotional stress. — Build Character and Confidence: Our aim for this club is to build students’ confidence and enable students to communicate and express themselves in a group setting. Students will participate in challenges in which their work is evaluated for future improvement. — Project Management and Coordinate Work: With each new session, students may start a new project or be able to participate in a project they’ve been working on. Kids in this club will learn how to pace themselves as they start and complete projects. During group projects, they will also learn how to prioritize objects and coordinate work between themselves and others. Activities: — Build battles where each student will take a broad topic and build structures to represent those topics. — Group builds where each student will get to contribute their piece towards a themed project. — Scavenger hunt builds where each student will hunt and gather resources and build structures based on the material they have. — Contract builds where each student will take use a set budget to craft estate for “Minecraft clients” and profit from their creativity and objective completion. — Game builds where each student will work together or independently to design a basic mini-game to share with the class.
Connected Camps is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2015 with the mission to build a global online community where kids build, code, play, and learn alongside one another. Our programs are designed based on extensive research in the learning sciences. The founders and leaders of Connected Camps, Mimi Ito and Katie Salen, are professors at the University of California, Irvine, who specialize in the design of online learning experiences that are fun, social, and directly tied to academic outcomes. Learn more about the research behind Connected Camps at the Connected Learning Alliance resource site: https://clalliance.org/ One thing that makes our programs unique is our near-peer mentorship model. Our programs are led by young adults and college students, often with the help of high school volunteers. We hire counselors and coaches from top universities in computer science, game development, economics, social studies, and the arts, and train them on how to facilitate project-based learning with younger kids. Our young instructors have the same passion for technology, games, and digital making as our learners, and take on the role of instructors, as well as fellow enthusiasts and relatable role models. The curriculum for this program was designed by a team of counselors pursuing degrees relevant to the material at hand. The learning experiences in this class are driven by these counselors’ academic expertise in the field, along with their desire to share their passion for the subject with a group of excited learners. All of Connected Camps’ curricula are vetted by the organization’s Product Manager, Matthew, who possesses a Masters in Secondary Education and a deep belief in the power of collaborative virtual learning.
This class does not require any out-of-class work. We do offer optional challenges that students can work on as an extension of what is taught in class. We provide guidance and instructions for students who are inspired to delve deeper into the topic. The purpose of these challenges is to give students the opportunity to supplement their learning with additional material that aligns with their passions and goals. Students may then integrate their learnings into their project and showcase their accomplishments to their classmates. With this approach, students can explore the subject on their own. We give students the opportunity to share what they’ve explored independently with the class.
A Minecraft Java Edition account must be purchased by the learner. Participants will receive access to the Connected Camps Minecraft Server where the program will be run. To access the server, each learner will need the Java edition of Minecraft and will need to set their version release to 1.16.5. Other Minecraft versions like the "Minecraft for Windows 10 version", console editions, and pocket editions for mobile devices will not work for this course. A pair of headphones and microphone are also needed for communication with the class.
At Connected Camps, we assess each student’s progress by engaging them in reflection of their own work and the work of their classmates. By building in Minecraft and applying concepts taught in class, our students are able to solidify their learnings through hands-on application. Our counselors’ focus is to provide qualitative feedback to further each students’ individual goals and interests, and we do not use letter or number grades. In addition to our in-class reflections, our counselors also provide post-session recaps that offer a summary of what is accomplished each day. Through these summary reflections, students are able to review the material and share with their parents what they did in class. We find this approach allows kids of different interests and abilities to engage with our teachings in a way that is particularly relevant to them.
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Internet safety is a top priority for us and our goal is to create a safe, connected community of learners that is moderated by our instructors. Throughout our programs we strive to educate our learners on internet safety and best practices for connecting online. In our programs, our learners are often making friendships and connections with others in class. While we encourage positive online friendships, we think it’s important to practice these principles of internet safety: — Do NOT ask others to connect online outside of our programs without first confirming with your parents. Our programs are a safe, moderated space for learners to engage but we can’t moderate connections outside of our classes. — Do NOT give away personal information which includes but is not limited to: your name, address, phone number, passwords, location, email address, and parental information. — If an individual asks for personal information, you should inform a counselor or your parent for guidance. ——— Common Sense Media Resources for Parents: https://www.commonsense.org/education/videos/keeping-games-fun-and-friendly Keeping Games Fun and Friendly: learn how to keep your child's experiences positive and fun when communicating in online games with others. https://www.commonsense.org/education/video/modal/4141366# The Power of Words: help your child learn that words exchanged online are indeed powerful, and offer strategies to use when confronted with cyberbullying. https://www.commonsense.org/education/videos/private-and-personal-information Private and Personal Information: learn the difference between what personal things your child can safely share online and private information that should not be shared.
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Connected Camps is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2015 with the mission to build a global online community where kids build, code, play, and learn from one another. Our programs are designed based on the extensive research in the...