Launching the Multi-School Minecraft Server ProjectFebruary 2nd, 2012
Ryerson alumnus Liam O’Donnell is an elementary school teacher for the Toronto District School Board. He recently wrote about his experience of creating a multiplayer Minecraft server that spanned across 3 schools using server space at the EDGE Lab.
“After realizing the deep, meaningful connection the game had made with some of my former students, I just had to introduce it to a new batch of kids. But this time I wanted to do something a little bigger. Already, I had used Minecraft to engage a small group of students who came to me for literacy support. Minecraft was the ideal game to let their imaginations and writing abilities go wild. From strategy guides to avoiding Creepers to documenting their scientific inquiry into the results of lava-water collisions, the results were impressive. I had to do it again. But this time, I really wanted to put the multiplayer into the game. This time, I’d have one new world but 30 students, from across 3 different schools: A Multi-School Minecraft Server.”