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Crafting Minds in Minecraft

Convergence Culture and Textual Renewal

Jeffrey Brand

on 23 September 2016

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Minecraft is a sandbox game made up of blocks. These blocks are used to make structures, cities, and tools to collect more resources. During the night, players fight dangerous mobs that are trying to kill them while they collect precious resources. Players then build things straight from their imagination and their known world. It is possible to build nearly anything in Minecraft.
Passive mobs do not attack under any circumstance. You can breed all of the animals using wheat except chickens which needs seeds and pigs which requires carrots. For villagers to breed, it requires a certain number of doors and houses. The only passive mobs that are unable to be bred are bats and squids.
Passive Mobs
Hostile Mobs
Neutral Mobs
Ocelot wild
Ocelot tamed
They do not drop anything, but can be tamed with raw fish. They will run away from the player unless they are holding raw fish. Creepers do not get near them and will run away from them.
They drop 1 wool if you kill them, but if you use sheers they drop 1-3 wool and still live. They eat grass to regrow their wool.
They drop 0-2 leather upon death along with 1-3 raw steak. If they die by fire they drop cooked steak instead.
Right-click them with a
bucket to obtain milk.
Squids only spawn in water and suffocate in air.They drop 1-3 ink sacs upon death.
They drop 0-2 feathers and 1 raw chicken upon death. If they die in a fire they drop 1 cooked chicken is instead. Every 5-10 minutes they lay an egg. When throwing and egg, it has an 1/8 chance of spawning a baby chick.
They drop 1-3 raw porkchops upon death. If they die from fire, they drop cooked porkchops. Its is possible to place a saddle on them and lead them using a carrot on a stick.
Bats spawn in caves, fly around, and do not drop anything, including xp.
Villagers do not drop anything, but you can trade with them, such as 20 pieces of paper for an emerald or an emerald for 5 steak. If there is a certain amount of villagers and houses, a iron golem will spawn to protect them.
Hostile mobs will attack you on sight.
Neutral mobs will not attack you except under special circumstances. The most common circumstance is being attacked
Creepers blow up
when you get near
Crafting Minds in ...

Convergence culture
and textual renewal

Media theorist Henry Jenkins argued that convergence is as cultural as it is technological. His argument extends as readily to education as it does to popular culture. As our convergence culture gathers pace, books, games and online communities offer new opportunities to reach students within learning cultures. Minecraft, a popular world-building game is being used in education and it now features the ability to include ‘books’ within its virtual spaces. This presentation shows how knowledge workers are being crafted in Minecraft in one Australian University subject and how this might be transferred to the secondary classroom.

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"Enabling Participation" according to

Participatory Culture ...

1. lower barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement
2. strong support for sharing with others
3. informal mentorship, what is known by most experienced is passed on to others
4. members believe their contributions matter
5. members feel social connection to one another.
"Affinity Spaces"
Quick Minecraft Stats
Simon Lydiard
Binary Mill, Gold Coast
Wictor Hattenbach
Electronic Arts, Gilford
James Hooper
Tutor/Postgrad Student, Bond
Chris Schollenberger
Web Developer, London
Paul Cia
Deloitte, Melbourne
Courtney Brough
One-To-Another, Sydney
Priscilla Fox
Empowernet International, Sydney
Saxon Cameron
Deloitte, Melbourne
Danielle Bailey
Seven-Levels Left, Vancouver
Gary Overliese
Digital Media Teacher, Gold Coast
Mojang - Sweden
May 2009 - Alpha
Nov 2011 - Gold Standard
iOS, Android, Xbox
Total sales >50Million
1/3 Word-of-Mouth
Half of Income from Merchandising
Critical Acclaim, Awards
Secondary creative economy
Minecon - Minecraft Convention
Serious Uses
Australian science teacher, Stephen Elford:
Mainstream press attention
Students' Affective Response
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