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  • kvnmcl 3:53 pm on May 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Myst V – first week finished 

    Myst by Maria H.

    I thought it would be of interest to post my thoughts, conclusions and also comments from my class after our first week of exploring and using Myst in our classroom. 

    I had my initial doubts whether the use of the game as a teaching and learning tool would be suitable for a class of children who have Spanish as a first language but after playing with the game I decided it would be a wonderful opportunity for developing speaking and listening skills. My thoughts were proved correct as the game has brought so much conversation into the class and with it more descriptive and interesting language. (More …)

     
  • kvnmcl 6:50 pm on May 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Myst V – Day 5 The first Trailer 

    Today’s lesson was fantastic. The children knew, just as I did, that it was going to be a good one. They had finished writing their voice over scripts yesterday so they only had to edit them, tweak them into 30 seconds and rehearse performing them. It was an intensive lesson with lots of speaking and listening, probably more speaking come to think of it! But the end product was worth the extra work that they put in. They also had time to write their first rough draft for a descriptive poem based on Tim Ryland’s brilliant work.

    This is the first trailer so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    [blip.tv ?posts_id=2123665&dest=-1]

    The other trailers can be viewed on my blip.tv page

    Tools used to create the trailer

    • Audacity for the voice over
    • Animoto for the initial video
    • GarageBand (Mac only) for editing video and audio into a trailer
     
  • kvnmcl 10:02 pm on May 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Using Prezi as a lesson starter 

    Prezi is an amazing online presentation tool that makes creating dynamic presentations very easy. I’ve only found out about this tool and I’m posting a rather quickly created Myst presentation for a lesson introduction tomorrow but I’m very impressed with it’s capabilities.

    Some other uses for Prezi in the classroom

    • Story boards – include children’s own drawings, video work, written ideas
    • Lesson introductions on any topic if you have the time to create it
    • Mind mapping ideas with small groups or as a whole class activity
    • Instructions
    • Directions
    • Explanations
    • Recounts that come alive

    There are no doubt many more so feel free to leave your ideas in the comments. Have you used Prezi? What do you think about it?

    Myst V – What we have found out so far (Prezi presentation)

     
  • kvnmcl 8:46 pm on May 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Our Myst V Trailer 

    This is the trailer the children will use in class tomorrow to begin their voice over work. I used animoto to piece it together and I cut up the soundtrack with Audacity to a 30 second fit for the video.

     
  • kvnmcl 6:58 pm on May 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Myst V – Day 3 

    The excitement and anticipation that this game has brought to my class is truly an inspiration. Before we had even gotten into the classroom children were asking me when we were going to do Literacy. It’s become their favourite subject with no exceptions.

    I set up two chairs for hot seats and asked the class to recap on yesterday’s events. I use hot seats in the way wrestlers use their partners – children can tag others to get into the seat to talk and since we started using Myst everyone wants to talk. It’s a busy 5 minutes and the conversation is wonderful; I will have to record one session for you to listen to so you can experience the intensity of discussion.

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  • kvnmcl 11:14 pm on May 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Myst V – the beginning of our adventure 

    I have been reading all about Mark Warner’s uses of Myst in the classroom over the past couple of weeks and I just had to buy a copy of the game and find out what all the fuss was about. As soon as I installed it and started to play I immediately saw why it has been given such a positive response by many teachers as an inspirational teaching and learning tool.

    Over the next 6 weeks I will provide a daily account of how I have used the game with my class, what skills they have developed from using it, the lessons I have taught and the work they have done so that you too might just decide to take the plunge and try it with your own class.

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    • EBD35 11:53 am on May 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi ya. I teach in an EBD primary special school (5boys/2girls) and used Myst III for pre ofsted and ofsted lessons and my class LOVED it.
      I look forward to following your adventures over the following week(s)

    • K Haig 11:56 am on May 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      “Unfortunately I now have to play the game on my own so I can prepare activities to be used throughout the next few weeks as we delve deeper into it, but I can safely say that I will enjoy every moment of it.”

      This sounds such a hardship! Really interesting reading your thoughts, just found your blog through twitter and it is interesting reading- thanks!

    • kvnmclaughlin 12:13 pm on May 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      @EBD35 If you have any ideas and activities that you would like to share I’d be more than grateful.

      @K Haig Definitely a hardship 🙂 I just find it difficult not to keep playing it and seeing it through to the end. I want to keep some sense of wonder as I use the game with my class.

    • Dawn Willman 1:53 am on May 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I used to teach 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. I am currently a stay at home mom with my 3 and 6 year old. I will be tutoring students in writing this summer. I am just now through internet research hearing about the use of the Myst game for writing lessons. Has anyone published anything that has lessons already prepared with writing concepts and the use of this game? Are there any good websites out there to go to that have writing lessons for this game?

    • KOL 12:27 pm on June 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      It’s a shame that, as literature, Myst V is easily the weakest of the series. On the other hand it’s also among the easiest game-wise, so I can definitely see it as a good subject to examine in a classroom.

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