The experiment itself was fine, some disruptive students caused me some trouble during the experiment but tactical ignoring and a 'grumpy face' kept most in line.
Again the edu mod performed perfectly, allowed me to teleport students to where I wanted them to be, freeze them so that I could get their attention in real life, flipping creative mode on and off on the fly and the new long build feature was also super useful. To create this map I even had a couple of students help, which coupled with the even newer placeamount command meant that this map was created in record time, just under 2 hours.
Here is the edited footage from the lesson itself.
Now for the reflection.
- Students that would not normally concentrate in a classroom were asking other students to be quiet and listen.
- The experiment got done.
- I felt that I had more 'control' over the students than I have had in the past when using rulers in the classroom. (Odd but true, maybe because the students couldn't move around the room)
- All students were involved.
- No rulers were harmed today. (Some have been in the past)
- I now have a visual representation of their results that I can use to generate discussion.
- Many students just wanted 'free time' in Minecraft and kept badgering me about it.
- I feel it might be harder to 'write up' the prac.
- Disruptive students were distracting others (would have happened in a class anyway so probably not relevant)
So overall how do I feel? To be honest I am not sure, I plan on discussing the results with the class in our next lesson, so in that sense it has changed my teaching procedure as normally I would have made the students write up the experiment and no discussion would have happened.
Would I do it this way again? Probably, but as I did this time, I will most likely do an introductory 'ruler drop' in the classroom the lesson before.
Honestly I am not sure that this was a roaring success, so I would like to hear your thoughts and ideas on the footage I have uploaded, as it might clarify my own thoughts.