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Minecraft, Wordpress, Phones: Educational Implications


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Minecraft, Wordpress, Phones: Implications for Higher Education?
[From stumbling around, summer 2019] 

I.  Intro/Context:  Moore's Law, Wordpress, Minecraft

II.  Discussion Prompts

Why should/shouldn't undergrad courses change for students who have already been successfully learning Minecraft, WordPress, ...?  Which courses?  How?

What is "authentic engagement" in undergraduate learning? 
What are other kinds of engagement?  Examples of each? 

When/where/how does it matter?

III.  Summer 2019?

IV.  Future of FridayLive!

What should WE do in future FridayLive! sessions?

1.  Context:  Moore's Law & Ever Smarter Phones 
And whatever else you've recently found encouraging or frustrating re info tech in higher education.

2.  “WordPress ( &“...used by more than 60 million websites,[6] including 33.6% of the top 10 million websites as of April 2019,[7][8]... ”

"...content management system...plugin architecture ... template system,...[supports blogging and] other types of web content...mailing lists...learning management systems (LMS) and online stores."
- “WordPress,” Wikipedia,, as of 20191031.

3.  “Minecraft...“...the single best-selling video game of all time, selling over 176 million copies across all platforms by late 2019, while having over 112 million monthly active players…”
"...sandbox video game...players... build with a variety of different blocks in a 3D procedurally generated world, ..Other activities... include exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat. Multiple game modes ...available, including...survival mode,... and...creative mode....

“In September 2014, Microsoft …[bought] Mojang and the Minecraft intellectual property for US$2.5 billion…

“...,Minecraft received critical acclaim... described as one of the most influential and greatest video games in history. ...It has also been used in educational environments, especially in the realm of computing systems, as virtual computers and hardware devices have been built..."
”Minecraft” Wikipedia,, as of 20191031

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