Twitter interview with Adam Clarke aka – Professor_Adam – aka @thecommonpeople

Joel Mills
@iLearningUK – Joel Mills

Adam Clarke
@thecommonpeople – Adam Clarke

Joel Mills

40m

Hi Adam, Would you be up for a quick twitter interview with me? I am on an #ocTEL course looking at innovative Learning & I thought of you!

Adam Clarke

39m

Yes 🙂

Joel Mills
36m

Brill! Ok. There are 4 Qs. Thinking about Minecraft, what was the impetus and rationale behind using MC to teach with?

Adam Clarke
34m

MC is an easy to use multiplayer virtual space where the player can be creative and share ideas in 3D

Adam Clarke
34m

And so much more…

Joel Mills
32m

Ok, Q2. What has teaching with MC achieved so far in terms of student learning?

Adam Clarke
30m

Student can learn everything from maths – physics – art – history – the difference is the process is game based and often collaborative

Adam Clarke

29m

I usually show this video to explain how minecraft could be used in education http://youtu.be/RI0BN5AWOe8

Joel Mills
27m

Thanks for that. I’ll take a look. I use MinecraftEDU to teach with but I know you have done lofts of work in a broader context. 1 of 2

Adam Clarke
26m

Yes mapping – biology and story telling – minecraft is a great narrative container for engagement – taking the learner on a journey

Joel Mills
26m

Q3. What impact have you seen on staff where you have delivered MC in schools? 2 of 2

Joel Mills
25m

And your museum project?…

Adam Clarke
24m

Its given opportunities for cross curricula projects that really are across the curiculam [sic]

Adam Clarke

23m

so teachers start with traditional ideas but can move beyond into more playful and student led learning – project based

Adam Clarke
22m

My museum work uses minecraft as a peer reviewed game where knowledge and learning is discussed between the students

Adam Clarke
22m

The teachers become assistant and instigators to learning

Joel Mills
21m

Going back to Q3 for a second, Did you see a direct impact on staff in schools after you had delivered MC sessions? More enthused/engaged?

Adam Clarke
20m

A mix – change can be hard – some nervous – but yes lots of new ideas – lots of improved enthusiasm and agency to be creative

Joel Mills
19m

Final #ocTEL question. Q4. How do you know it has had this impact? What evaluation strategies and methods have been used?

Adam Clarke
17m
For me there has been initial feed back and I get reports from teachers letting me know about current projects –

Adam Clarke
16m

We are currently working with Lancaster Uni on a minecraft democracy project and will be using academic strategies

Adam Clarke
15m

Questionnaire interviews and post project interviews

Adam Clarke
15m

This will show – we hope the transfer was of skills and ideas / concepts and engagement

Adam Clarke
14m

So it’s about the why question – eg if you use mc for teaching and learning then it’s good to know why – then it’s easy to evaluate

Joel Mills
14m
That sounds very interesting. I am particularly keen on using MC in an HE context. I am a TEL advisor at the University of Hull. 1 of 2

Joel Mills
12m

I am looking at creating a 6 week MOOC in MC for Education and about to undertake my MSc in Learning Spaces looking at real and virtual.

Adam Clarke
11
m

Sound brilliant – would love to help on a Mooc

Joel Mills
8m

Do I have your permission to include a transcript of this conversation on my blog? You can say no.

Adam Clarke
52s

Sure take care

Joel Mills
now

Finally then. Just to say thank you very much Adam Clarke @thecommonpeople for your time and I look forward to seeing more of your work. 🙂

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