Yesterday I attended a wedding and enjoyed sitting with relatives. What was striking about the event wasn’t so much the beautiful ceremony, but the 4-year old who talked my ear off FOR OVER TWO HOURS about one thing: MINECRAFT! IT WAS AWESOME!! (see little Levi’s picture at left)
Every little youngster in our family is hooked on the “digital lego” game, so it wasn’t entirely a surprise to me when Microsoft bought Minecraft’s parent company, Sweden-based Mojan, for $2.5 Billion last year.
However, I was blown away when I saw that Microsoft had reprogrammed it from the “ground up” around their new augmented reality system: Hololens.
I’ve been fortunate (pre-purchase by Facebook for $2B; Read: Why Facebook Bought Oculus Rift) to test beta versions of the impressive Oculus Rift (see our first virtual reality experience here) but, Hololens looks SUPER AMAZING.
[See my other video on Hololens –– I’m still trying to get my hands on one…developer kits don’t come out until 2016…stay tuned!]
Watch the video above to see how impressive the immersive world’s of Minecraft are now in virtual reality with Hololens.
And then consider the concluding paragraph from Business Insider on WHY Microsoft bought Minecraft:
There’s one other reason for Microsoft to buy Minecraft that not many people are talking about. It is growing in popularity in the education space. Teachers are using it with their students and there is a dedicated group to focusing on education.
As that grows, it gives Microsoft access to a young demographic
Business Insider: Here’s Why Microsoft is Paying $2.5 Billion For Minecraft
WOW!! Sweden’s Ashkan Fardost talks about internet of things, what we can expect in the future and how far the development has come.
Ashkan is an active speaker, writer, workshop leader and consultant, who is also a scientist in the research labs of Uppsala University, within the fields of organic and medicinal chemistry.
The core theme of his talk at TEDx Östersund is how the internet of things can improve societies and economies of all shapes and sizes, on a magnitude beyond our current imagination– super impressive presentation!
Do you agree with his projections? Watch & Find out!
The first lesson where students are exploring the cell, filling in a booklet as they go describing the organelles and their roles.
Find out about the mod here: http://minecraftedu.com/
Muzzy Lane Software is a world leader in the design, development and deployment of serious games for business, education, health care, and in the commercial area with their strategy game series “Making History.”
Making History http://making-history.com/
Is Minecraft the Ultimate Educational Tool? (2013 PBS)
If you’ve watched past episodes of Idea Channel, you know we’re huge fans of Minecraft. This totally amazing video game allows you to build your own world from scratch, what’s not to like?!?! But it may be good for more than just fun and games. Some experts have brought Minecraft into the classroom, allowing teachers to customize lessons and students to engage with concepts in new ways. And while educational games aren’t new, Minecraft has some unique advantages that could usher in a new direction in education. In the future, students across the world may spend their class time punching trees.
Daphne Bavelier: Your brain on video games (2012 TED)
How do fast-paced video games affect the brain? Step into the lab with cognitive researcher Daphne Bavelier to hear surprising news about brain research and how video games, even action-packed shooter games, can help us learn, focus and, fascinatingly, multitask.