So recently I have been working with a group of students at my school. I have been showing them the new computing curriculum and we have been suggesting fun ways of delivering the new computing curriculum. One student called Joe in 9ZF had suggested that I use Minecraft to teach Logic gates. At first, I had to think about what he was talking about…. Whilst I had seen the value of using Minecraft for creativity, I had never saw it as a way of teaching computing terms. I decided to investigate some more!
Logic gates are a building block for creating digital circuits. Most logic gates have two inputs and one output. At any moment they can have different conditions (binary 0 and 1). These represent on and off. I had looked at Minecraft closely and had noticed that a lot of YouTube videos have shown people how to make different objects. For example, some people have made clocks.
After more consultation with the students I had noticed that there was a big prospect. I was going to develop a curriculum which used flipped learning. How much fun would it be if my students were trying this out at home and it was helping them get ready for the G.C.S.E computing curriculum. I have recently started developing a Minecraft scheme of work. I have produced 5 tutorials to begin with. They concentrate on creating the setting up of the different spaces in Minecraft and they show you how to use the NOT/AND/OR gates.
There are likely to be a few more lessons on here. I’m going to develop some video tutorials for the first 5 lessons and I’m aiming to develop some projects which allow students to use the logic gates.
If you are interested in finding out how you can set up Minecraft in your school, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org I’m hoping to build more from this tutorial so that students can see how logic gates can be used to assemble some objects.
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