Brilliant Labs Magazine: Digital Hope

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Listen to your students. They know how best to be inspired. Take risks in the classroom. You never know what the future holds for you or how you will empower students, colleagues or your community.

Has a student ever inspired you? If so, how has it changed your teaching methods? Several students persistently would tell me about the game Minecraft over and over again as I passively listened. They were relentless in asking if I could please bring the game, now the world’s most popular game, into our learning experiences. I consider myself a late adopter of Minecraft in education only because I knowingly dismissed their early pleas and only committed to the use of the game after months of their correct insistence. Now, years later, I helped bring Minecraft Education Edition to every student in New Brunswick! I’ve been named an official NB Innovator by our government for my work in Minecraft. In 2019, I went live in front of millions of people, talking about how I use Minecraft in the classroom and for 2020 I was 12

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knowingly dismissed [students’] early pleas and only committed to the use of the game after months of their correct

insistence. Now, years later, I helped bring Minecraft Education Edition to every student in New Brunswick! - Ben Kelly, Teacher & Innovator In Educaiton, Caledonia Regional High School, Hillsborough, New Brunswick.

named International Games and Simulations Excellence Award (ISTE) recipient. Minecraft is the most flexible and empowering teaching tool in the world. We are lucky in New Brunswick to have every student and teacher supplied with this tool for free!

Tell us about a project (or challenge) that helped students improve their learning experience? How did it make you feel? The Microsoft Hololens is revolutionary technology even today at 4 years old. It allows users to see hologram imagery in their actual