Darren Currie is a History and Learning for Life and Work (LLW) teacher at St Joseph's Boys' School, a non-selective Catholic secondary school in Derry City. At St Joseph’s he was the school’s Special Educational Needs coordinator from 2003 to 2012 and currently occupies the post of careers coordinator. Darren has a keen interest in trying to develop a greater use of new technologies in the classroom to enhance the learning experiences of his students. He has recently established links with two Derry based STEM organisations, CultureTECH and The Nerve Centre, to support him in his endeavours.
“Stop throwing snowballs at those pupils or I else I’m going to have to freeze you!”
When you enter the world of MinecraftEdu, be prepared to say some pretty surreal things to pupils during your lessons. I used the exact words above a few days ago during a lesson using Minecraft when a pupil went ’virtually’ off-task, had figured out how to procure snowballs, then promptly began a one man crusade against his classmates! Happily no major incident ensued and the situation was easily remedied. After a few clicks on the teacher control panel, said pupil was frozen out of the world for a few minutes, reprimanded and the class continued. There are risks in trying something new in teaching and MinecraftEdu is not any different in that regard.