Thursday, January 30, 2014

Test One

The new machines are in - Dell 7010s.  Shannon came over and helped install the software with me on the 32 machines in preparation for Monday's first Video Game Design club since the new year.  The students bolted in the door asking about Minecraft - "did we get it, is it installed, can we play it?"  I couldn't blame them - I was ready for the first test as well.

We ended up getting 16 people on client machines and had no lag, even though the graph was pegging usage at times.  We ran tutorial world as several of the students had not been on before.  I had forgotten to modify the folder so that it would run in our district, but that was soon remedied. The problem was I had to configure each machine while kids were screaming "me next".  

We all were on and able to play together for about 15 minutes before club time was over. Chants of "Can we come during advisory, lunch, or before school" were prevalent.  The students were mostly male, but 2 females played with them.  We have decided that our first project is going to be constructing a virtual model of our school.  We are having a meeting tomorrow after school to plan and decide how to divide and conquer this architectural endeavor."

On a side note, I have been exploring the building tools for the teacher.  They will definitely help build worlds quickly and I am excited to start building a world for an upcoming science lesson soon.   I also had an ice day to experiment with qcraft.  The world built with that mod is truly amazing.  You really need more than one person to make it work correctly, but I made it through by myself.  This could really be an eye opener for middle school students to start to understand quantum physics.

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