8th Grade: Students will work in small groups to plan and build scale models in Minecraft. They will start with an interior that they can refer to immediately: the TCS Lab! After presenting their model to the class and reflecting on what went well and what they would do differently in their next model, both in terms of design and scale, their 2nd assignment will be to create the exterior of Walt Disney Magnet School in Minecraft. Using Google Earth as a guide, as well as some basic footprint measurements that will be supplied, students will work in a small group to manage their own server, design and build the model, and save their files, as well as create a presentation of their model. Finally, during the remaining weeks students will choose a building to create as a scale model in Minecraft.
7th Grade: Students will learn to create realistic 3D models, using the software SketchUp. The first assignment, building a dog house, will introduce them to the basic tools and navigation, as well as how to use a variety of materials. The second assignment, building a model of a high-rise exterior, will reinforce these skills and also show students how to create and edit components that can be used repeatedly. In the third assignment students will be able to use and edit components downloaded from the internet to design the interior of an apartment.
6th Grade: During this quarter students will work in groups to research, design, and build an ancient civilization-themed amusement park, using Minecraft. Students will spend 2 classes researching and planning, then 5 weeks building the park, recording their progress all along the way. We’ll then spend a week presenting our parks to each other, and during the final week we will be able to visit each other’s parks!
4th and 5th Grade: This quarter, students will be working in MinecraftEdu to build a community. While some students are already with this game, we will spend a couple of classes making sure everyone is up to speed on the controls as well as becoming familiar with how to use the server and how to behave in this virtual environment. After this introduction, students will form groups of 8-10 students and create a plan for everything they will need to build for a community. They will draw a bird-eye map of their plan, then work collaboratively to build it in Minecraft. As an ongoing part of the project, students will create a slideshow documenting and reflecting on their weekly progress.
1st Grade: In our continuation of an introduction to programming with Scratch Jr, students will learn simple programming commands that will animate their characters. At the end of the first module, students will create a ScratchJr collage project. In the second module, students learn how to define more specific behavior for their characters, and they use tools such as speech bubbles and pages to help them weave a narrative. At the end of the module, students will create a ScratchJr story project.
TCS, or 21st Century Solutions, is a class focused on exploring computer science and using technology in a creative way.
About Mrs. Kostecki:
I've been teaching at Disney since 2004. I've always loved technology, especially using it creatively, such as in graphic design, video editing, and coding. Prior to teaching I worked in IT, including 3 years at Disney. I have a Masters Degree in Sociology from Northwestern University, and also recently earned my MA in Educational Technology. I am married and have two kids, and I love traveling, which I often do to visit my mom, three brothers and sister, who all live if different cities!