Posts by Mark Suter

Learning to Program in Minecraft with turtles

Posted by on Saturday, October 15, 2016 in Minecraft | 0 comments

The TL:DR version to start programming with turtles as of October 2016. If you like visual steps, watch this video or this video. Buy/Download plain ol’ Minecraft on minecraft.net Download the free Computercraftedu.com mod (click “I’m a teacher”) Download Minecraft Forge 1.89 or higher (requires a Java runtime environment, which you may already have, but here’s the link if not.) Watch my turtle tutorial playlist My next goal is to get some Surfaces in the classroom so my high school students can visit the middle school to teach them programming in Minecraft....

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Building a Business in the Classroom Part 2: The Plan

Posted by on Monday, September 26, 2016 in edcorps | 0 comments

Building a Business in the Classroom Part 2: The Plan

Our entrepreneurial club’s identity is being formed.  We actually are not even a club, we’re an EdCorp, (created by the twitch-inducing minds at Real World Scholars) which is defined as : EdCorp: Education Corporation – a web ­based, student ­run business that operates out of a K-­12 classroom as a way to foster real world skills. As soon as we sort out minor things like NAMING ourselves, we’ll have an eCommerce site where clients can securely pay for our services. We have a ClassWallet account where all those funds go that we can reinvest into our company; buying...

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Building a Business in the Classroom Part 1: The Pitch

Posted by on Monday, September 12, 2016 in edcorps | 0 comments

Then I remember high school. I was (am?) a lanky guy, kind of awkward around other people, especially girls. I spent more mental effort trying to do as little work as possible than if I just did the work. It was sort of a game I played. Outside of sports, I didn’t really have a school activity that really challenged me or developed me. School was a series of hoops to jump through before life really began. Now, I’m the “teacher”.  I say that in quotes because I still don’t feel like a teacher. I feel like I’m still making it up as I go.  They gave me a...

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LARP in school, Not Just Gen Con

Posted by on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Call me Jeffery Baker. I’m a coal baron in the United States circa 1874. Along with my good buddy David Montgomery (and real life good friend Steve Isaacs) who owns most of the railroads, are at a wedding reception in Long Island, NY for the wedding reception of Jacob Tyler (TX redneck cattleman) and Paulette Bonnet (cultured French ballet dancer). In August at the world’s largest gaming convention, Gen Con in Indianapolis, I took my first plunge into what some may consider the deepest level of nerddom, I LARP’d. Live Action Role Play is sometimes mocked, like in the...

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Game Design as a High School Course: Gateway to Computer Science?

Posted by on Saturday, August 27, 2016 in Game Design | 0 comments

Game Design as a High School Course: Gateway to Computer Science?

“I wish they had fun classes like that when I was in school”. – Student Parents   That’s how you know you’re on the right track. Alumni and parents of students tell you they’re jealous. Starting at my new school, Elida High School, I was given a lot of freedom to design new courses that I thought would be best for students related to computer science. The administration trusted a teacher to do what was best for students (sign of a high-functioning school culture) and I came up with: Intro to Programming (Samples of C#, Python, JavaScript, even some...

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