Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Blogging Is Like Minecraft

Blogging Is Like Minecraft

Minecraft, oh Minecraft that game for "people with too much time". Well I disagree and I don't just disagree because I like Minecraft, I mean I love Minecraft. I disagree with evidence, that Minecraft is a good thing. Now I know what your thinking. How in the world is Minecraft helpful? Well I will prove to you that Minecraft can be helpful in school subjects. In this blog post I have two missions. My first mission is to make you leave this post with and understanding of what blogging is. And my second mission is to explain how Minecraft is highly connected to blogging.

 Blogging. Blogging is a sandbox, now let's imagine you just bought yourself a great big sandbox. As you get inside you see lumps. Plain old lumps. As you begin to think about what you are going to build. You go back in to your memories and in your memories you pick up your personal events your background knowledge and your experiences. This information may take you a split second to pick or it may take you a while to collect. You only think about the most important events in your life. If some events in your life are extremely strong then you would think about them easily. Although if you haven't had such a bumpy life it would take a while to pick out those small events in your life.

Ok, now that we have your events. Let's switch over to Minecraft. You open Minecraft and you select single player and you create a new world. This world is plain with hills, trees, ponds and oceans. They are all you can see. But now that you have your events you begin to build. You build a house that represents you. Imagine that when you where born you got a Red towel from your parents and you still have the same towel till today. So using that background knowledge you like the colour red and you build a red house. As you continue to build your red house. Your friend comes to see what your doing. He likes your house. But when he was born he got a yellow towel from his parents. So he decides to build his own yellow house.

Now speaking about blogging. Ever heard of this quote? "Two heads are better than one". Its a saying, and in this post it means that you can get better quality posts with collaboration. So you and your friend decide to build a house together. But hows that going to work. Red and yellow? Half red half yellow?
This sometimes takes a while to decide. But sometimes you find you had more of a connection with your friend than you thought you had. So after a few minutes you and your friend decided to mix red and yellow together. So you make an orange house! As you build you come up with more ideas together and you begin to build a castle. With mixed ideas through out the castle. Two thrones an different styles. Two bedrooms and different styles. But one main idea that sounds two times as good and that's why Minecraft helps to understand how much collaborating on a post can make it so much better. Although sometimes if its personal people such as your friend or even your teacher won't be able to help with the ideas of the writing, but instead they will help with the spelling! :P

Now that I have explained how blogging is highly coneccted to Minecraft. You should now understand a lot more on what blogging but just incase heres a shorter version from one of my other posts.

"Its like a sand box. You can build, houses, castles, dungeons and pyramids. You build from your background knowledge, you build from your experiences and you build about yourself that's why I love blogging."… and Minecraft! 

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  1. Wow Kaymin, I really liked this post! You wrote so much and it sounds like your actually speaking to me. I've always thought that mine craft was a complete waste of time, but I guess from your perspective it isn't. At first, I didn't think comparing mine craft to blogging was a good metaphor, but after you explained it through detail, I understood what you were trying to put across. The only suggestion I would make is maybe to find a picture that goes with this post. But I guess it's quite hard to find one that's completely copy-right! Good job.

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    1. Thanks a lot Rebecca, I'm glad that I succeeded my missions. I will get to adding a picture as soon as I can thanks for the great feedback!

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    2. Remember Rebbecca, you can always take and create your own images. We are more than consumers of media, we are creators.

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  2. Let me begin by saying that I am honored that you have reached out and asked me to read your post. I like to think that I can be your teacher and you can be mine, even though we are not in the same classroom.

    I have been working with students and blogs and online spaces for many years, and I cannot remember another time when someone articulated the power of blogging so eloquently. I spend lots of time trying to convince other educators that if we give young people the freedom to explore their own creativity and give them a public space for this exploration that students will create and build and connect.

    So many times, adults underestimate young people. We assume that if you are not "on task" and in school you are wasting time. Things like gaming and online socializing are discounted, while forced "learning" is highlighted.

    I think you have proved that sometimes the students are the best people to tell teachers how and where and when they learn best. I love your analogy of the the sandbox. The notion that blogs and minecraft are spaces for people to build worlds and use them to collaborate and connect with others to help both participants--creator and consumer- is very powerful.

    I hope you don't mind, but I will be sharing this post with educators around the world. I will be involved in a Webinar next week on this very topic, and I am thankful to have this excellent post for reference.

    I am also very proud of you for wanting to improve your writing and realizing that this blog space can be an authentic place for you to do that.

    I would like to ask you a favor-- I want to switch the tables and allow you to become the teacher. Can you show me how to build in Minecraft? Maybe we can make a lunch date and you can help me with the basics.

    I'll give you blogging tips and you can help me in Minecraft? We can build together!!

    Thank you for this post.

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    1. Wow that was amazing that comment it self has made my day! Sure I would love to trade secrets and tips :). I'll get in contact with you soon. Thank you so much. See you soon!

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    2. I have a feeling you will get a few more in the coming days.;) When we share authentic ideas in a coherent way, people lesson. Don't ever forget that.

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    3. There is something special happening here, Kaymin. Mr. Raisdana tweeted the link to your blog post on Twitter a little while ago, I saw it (here in Ireland), and then I shared it too.

      Your post is wonderful. I am a big fan of blogging, both for myself and my students, but I don't know as much about Minecraft. Your unique way of connecting these two things has helped me to see them in a new way. Thank you!

      Through my connections and reading and writing online, I learn every day. Reading posts from people like you, Mr. Raisdana and others helps me to understand the world a bit better, and helps me to be a better educator (I teach at a university here in Ireland). We are all connected. That's why we call it #connectedlearning :)

      Thank you, Kaymin! Hope you keep writing, keep sharing, and keep learning.

      -Catherine

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  3. Hey Kaymin! Although I don't know you, i find this post very interesting :)
    'It like a sand box. You can build, houses, castle, dungeons and pyramids. You build from your background knowledge, you build from your experiences and you build about yourself that's why I love blogging."
    This is a very true statement. I completely agree with you. I am too gonna try and build that castle in my blog :)
    great post. Thanks :)

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  4. Hi Kaymin,

    Firstly, let me congratulate you on a beautifully designed blog. I like the accent colours, and think it is very striking.

    I agree with Mr Raisdana, that your post is eloquently written, and also agree that you are likely to get a lot more comments in the coming weeks - look out!

    I love Minecraft AND blogging, but would never have seen the connection between the two until you shared your perspective.

    Tell Mr Raisdana I can give him a Minecraft account if he likes.

    Later on I'll be looking for some Middle Schoolers to help run the Minecraft activity for the Juniors at school. It sounds like you could be just the man for the job...

    Once again, congratulations on a well-written blog post.

    Mrs Beasley

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    1. Thanks for the great feedback. I would love to help out with the Minecraft activity. Let me know when you need help.

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  5. Very nice comparison between the two, and a great description of why blogging is useful. I struggle sometimes to get across to my university students why they should be blogging, and I think I might point some of them at this post.

    I think there is another similarity - the opportunity to set other people challenges, or just invite them to explore your thinking, or what you have made. That can spark interesting discussions and lead you both to new territory to be explored. I'd be interested to know whether you have found that to be the case.

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    1. I have to agree that not only does creating together makes a better blog, but it can be a place where other people learn and share ideas. As well as leading to great discussions. I also think that the creator can make his/her space(blog) a place for people to explore their writing or a place for people to see what they have made out of their writing.

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  6. Thanks for sharing! Love the analogy and think that it is so important to create, create, create. This will cause a good stir in educator circles. Mr J

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  7. Wow, great post Kaymin. I like your comparison to Minecraft and Blogging. Normally, I would think that gaming and blogging would be completely unrelated but now you have convinced me that they have everything to do with each other!

    I love this line: "Its like a sand box. You can build, houses, castle, dungeons and pyramids. You build from your background knowledge, you build from your experiences and you build about yourself that's why I love blogging."

    Your writing connects with the audience extremely well and you successfully convey your point! I might even think of making a Minecraft now.. hmm...

    -Pavitra 8JRa

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  8. Very creative connection you have made there on blogging. I am very impressed and I look forward to reading more of your posts and witness the building of your castles, dungeons and pyramids in the sandbox!
    Ms. Mac

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  9. wow! you love minecraft so much you wrote a whole blog post about it.... nice!! i really like how you included a quote in your writing!

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  10. I love the metaphors you used :) You really deserve these many comments and views!

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  11. Your blog is amazing! I'm speechless. You have clearly describe your thoughts and feelings and I can tell that your post is completely you. You stated what you thought and made a connection. Can wait to read more!

    Sammie

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  12. Omg. More later. Right now, in a word. WOW.

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  13. AMAZING your post is really unique and interesting.

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  14. I also agree about blogging similar to mine craft. I like how you explained blogging with examples of sandbox

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  15. Love how you somehow connected minecraft to blogging great way to capture an audience

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  16. I really love how you relate and connect Minecraft as a game to the things that you actually do when you blog, and this is really unique, not many people have done this before. It definitely captured me when I read it! Keep up the good work!

    -Lucas

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  17. Hey Kaymin, Just saying that this is an awesome post and its gonna allow people on a lot more time playing mine craft.

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    1. Or blogging. Either way, win win for creativity.

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    2. Totally True, I tried to be 2 sided. Because there both very important to me!

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  18. I am fascinated to see that you connect a game to a blog. It is an really great idea! Looking forward to more!

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  20. I never thought reading about mine craft could be so interesting, Great job Kaymin

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