Sunday 11 December 2016

Irish students are building their own homage to 1916 through Minecraft

Sasha Brady

Published 08/02/2016 | 14:16

James Ó Cianáin (11 from Gaelscoil Bhradain Feasa, Meath), Kate Rose Twomey (12 from Mary Mother of Hope Secondary School, Littlepace) and Róisín Ní Chatháin (12 from Gaelscoil Bhradáin) at the launch of The MindRising Games at DCU.
James Ó Cianáin (11 from Gaelscoil Bhradain Feasa, Meath), Kate Rose Twomey (12 from Mary Mother of Hope Secondary School, Littlepace) and Róisín Ní Chatháin (12 from Gaelscoil Bhradáin) at the launch of The MindRising Games at DCU.

Students across Ireland are building their own homage to 1916 through Minecraft.

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An ambitious "digital storytelling" competition called MindRising Games has been launched for schools and youth groups across Ireland.

It invites students to tell the story of Ireland, through "the past, the future or a journey" of Ireland, choosing either 1916, 2016 or 2116 as their inspiration.

A collaboration between MindRising, Microsoft and the DCU Institute of Education, MindRising is bringing gamification to classrooms, something that many people have called for in recent years.

GPO Minecraft. Photo: MindRising Games
GPO Minecraft. Photo: MindRising Games

Gar Mac Críosta, co-founder of MindRising said: "Our initial focus was to create tools to support teachers in educating their students about the Rising.

"We created the GPO and Dublin Castle in Minecraft along with lesson plans and supports, and have moved on to build and borrow other sites from Northern Ireland.

Pictured at MindRising Games at DCU was Conor MacCriosta from Gaelscoil An Bradain Feasa, Mornington, Co. Meath. Picture Nick Bradshaw
Pictured at MindRising Games at DCU was Conor MacCriosta from Gaelscoil An Bradain Feasa, Mornington, Co. Meath. Picture Nick Bradshaw

"We’re currently building a futurescape of urban living in a 2066 city featuring landmarks from Limerick, Galway, Cork, Belfast and Dublin. All content is freely available to download use and hack."

The Games will focus on openness and sharing and it has already received pre-launch entries from as far afield as Australia, Israel, Alaska and Malta.

Entrants are encouraged to publish and share their work including video snippets, audio recordings, Minecraft builds, eBooks, pictures, photos, Sway scrapbooks and anything else they create.

Pictured at MindRising event at DCU were students of of Mother Mary of Hope, SNS, Littlepace, Clonee, Dublin. (Left-Right): Rachel Nedelea, Kate-Rose Twomey, Ruth Ross, Isobel Doyle, Ellen Egan and in the front on the tablet was Conor Hall. Picture Nick Bradshaw
Pictured at MindRising event at DCU were students of of Mother Mary of Hope, SNS, Littlepace, Clonee, Dublin. (Left-Right): Rachel Nedelea, Kate-Rose Twomey, Ruth Ross, Isobel Doyle, Ellen Egan and in the front on the tablet was Conor Hall. Picture Nick Bradshaw

It's hoped that MindRising will promote students' "historical understanding of the events of 1916", according to Fionnuala Waldron, Director of DCU Institute of Education.

Anyone interested in this – from both Ireland and beyond – can visit the official MindRising website for more information.

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