Moving at the Speed of Creativity by Wesley Fryer

Using Minecraft for Virtual Simulations & Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom

Yesterday during the Innovative Learning Institute hosted by the K-20 Center at the University of Oklahoma, I recorded a great interview you need to check out using the free Cinch app on my iPhone.

Adam Neff is the coach of the undefeated, state football champion Raiders of Maryetta School in Stilwell, Oklahoma. (Their junior high school football team was undefeated with an 11-0 record this year and are the 2011 O.R.E.S. Division I State Champions.) Adam is not just a remarkable educator for his coaching skills, he’s also an outstanding science and technology teacher. In our five minute interview yesterday, Adam shared some amazing things he’s doing with 7th and 8th graders using the virtual world/simulation software Minecraft. Not only are they using Minecraft for science lessons, they are also in the process of creating a virtual world for an “Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom” video contest. What a great example of creativity, innovation, and student-centered learning! Stilwell families are lucky indeed to have Adam Neff as a local teacher, and the supportive administration which continues to make their 1:1 laptop initiative for middle schoolers a success! (I made a brief mic adjustment early in the interview which affected volume, my apologies… it’s just a brief change which was rapidly fixed.)

This story is just one recent example of the engaging, creative and outstanding learning opportunities provided by PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS in the great state of Oklahoma. Way to go, Adam Neff and Maryetta students! (This audio is available both from my site and from Cinch.)

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