A Lego advent calendar for the classroom. A personalised-to-the-school minifigs.me creation. A MacBook and pixelmator all come together to create a wonderful initial slideshow image for the school website for the next fortnight.
We've been "messing" around with MineCraftEdu in school for a few years now. I've run several clubs focussing on developing pupils creativity and teamwork skills and over time they've created quite an impressive city world. I don't find it a gimmick, and I don't find it a distraction, as has been claimed recently by one or two educational "experts". In fact, I find that it motivates pupils to produce outstanding work.
There will be another after school club for Year5/6 starting up soon. This time it's purpose is to try and help with pupil well being. With all the demands of the curriculum and summer testing they need an opportunity to just switch off, and so I'll be offering an hour of relaxation as they sit and listen to a story being read to them.
“There’s no point being grown-up if you can’t be childish sometimes.” - the Fourth Doctor Who Tom Baker.
I said, earlier in the year, that I was going to focus more on making school fun for the children through a couple of clubs that would develop their creativity. Well, the STEAM club are well into their first Maker project; the building, decorating and lighting of a Tardis.