MinecraftEDU

MinecraftEdu is a school-ready remix of the original smash hit game Minecraft, played by over 30 million people worldwide.

Teachers, schools, non-profit organizations and academic researchers worldwide are embracing the power of games for learning and social impact.

Yes, they are fun, but [games] also allow players a chance to take on new roles and experience worlds in which they learn and problem solve. [The best] games offer something new to students — entire worlds in which learners are central, important participants – worlds where what they know is directly related to what they are able to do and, ultimately, who they become” – Barab et al, 2009

This stream will help Padawans (Jedis in Training) to:

  • To work collaboratively as a team
  • To follow instructions
  • To think creatively
  • Encourages problem solving
  • To stay safe online
  • By figuring out what is possible, they also learn skills of observation and perseverance.

Digital Navigators

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Potaua & Nikolasa Biasiny-Tule

Having worked in the tech industry for 12 years and built a successful business during that time focus turned to finding ways to prepare for a future in technology. Being parents of a 6 and 10 year old (along with 15 other nieces and nephews living in Rotorua) this husband and wife team have seen the power of technology to transform lives and want to create the foundation tamariki, rangatahi and whānau need to become creators and developers of their own digital tools.

  • Potaua: Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Pikiao, Tuhoe Nikolasa: Dutch, Puerto Rican
  • Potaua: Unlimited Speed Nikolasa: Unlimited Wakefulness
  • Potaua: Age of Empires
    Nikolasa: Diablo 3
  • Owners of TangataWhenua.com, Founders of DNA