Yep, school has begun already here at Chalone Peaks! I’ve got a bit more work to do before getting my students set up for blogging, but regular visitors here will notice that I have already made some changes to mrmillersblog.com. I have a new theme and layout and will be investing more time in collecting images and videos to share as well as weekly reflections on our learning.
Photography is a hobby of mine and I will be encouraging my students to try out their skills with their camera phones. Student teams will also be making documentary movies this year. I did a similar project about 10 years ago and have decided that it is time to bring it back. I hope to generate a student digital media festival this year at our school that showcases student artists across all forms of digital media. If any of you have thoughts, ideas, or experience with this concept, please share!
As if it were even possible, we will be delving deeper into Minecraft this year as I have spent a great deal of time exploring new ways to teach and learn along with my students in Minecraft. I will have an online server up and running soon and look forward to collaborating with other teachers and students around the world on Minecraft and history projects. I was even given a class called “Minecraft Academy” to teach this year. It will be fun exploring things like redstone, command blocks, civilization building, and computer coding with Minecraft every day. How lucky am I?