PUBLICATIONS

Books

September 30, 2017

Roman Temple: A Story of its Origins and Construction

Few things have had such a great cultural and architectural influence on Western society as the architecture of Roman temples. Where did the Romans find their inspiration? What did these temples really look like? Beautifully illustrated with Minecraft, “Roman Temple: A Story of its Origins and Construction” by Jessie Craft tells the story of the...

September 14, 2018

Templum Romanum

Based on principles of Comprehensible Input (CI) and Extensive Reading, Templum Romanum is a modified, Latin translation of...

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Book Chapters

August 31, 2018

Minecraft as Pontifex - Forthcoming

For over a decade teachers have been seeking to supplement their curricula with compelling and meaningful technology. In recent years, a surge of K-12 Latin teachers having been trying to find ways to discuss culture in the target language. This paper will describe an innovative way to combine the vastly played video game Minecraft with Latin classroom culture needs using technology and second language acquisition methods. The author will elaborate on some of the theoretical underpinnings of CI (Comprehensible Input) and TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) and discuss the central reasons for using Minecraft as the medium to deliver information in the target language. He will discuss researching the targeted cultural piece, creating it in the virtual space afforded by Minecraft, the process of creating the script in the target language and finally the production of the video. The author will present some of the best practices for implementation in class along with some accompanying activities, and will conclude with tips and cautions for the recreation of this pedagogical method.

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Articles

March 30, 2017

Building Bridges with Minecraft - Prima

"I saw Minecraft as a bridge between the cultures of ancient Rome and that of our students..."

March 17, 2016

Minecraft as a 3D Cultural Heritage Modeling Tool in the Classroom - Play The Past

By now, Minecraft has established a solid reputation for itself in academia. The positive results of its implementation are evinced in publications (see Bukvic et al, ‘OperaCraft‘,  Graham, ‘HIST3812a‘, List, ‘Using Minecraft to Encourage Critical Engagement of Geography Concepts‘,  and Schifter, ‘Minecraft as teaching tool‘)...

February 29, 2016

Rebuilding an Empire with Minecraft: Bringing the Classics into the Digital Space - Classical Journal

This articles presents an innovative manner to supplement history and foreign language classes with a 3D modeling of ancient Rome by the vastly played video game Minecraft. Assuming the persona of an ancient architect, students select a building, research it in primary and secondary sources, and finally recreate their selection on the precise site where it once stood in Rome. Here I discuss the benefits of using 3D software as a learning tool, the theory and methodology behind the implementation used in my HS Latin I-IV language courses, and I analyze the data resulting from two iterations of this project.

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Talks

March 02, 2018

Fabulae et Pelliculae

This talk was given at the Secondo Seminario di GRECOLATINOVIVO in Didattica delle Lingue Classiche in Naples, Italy, March 2, 2018. In this video I discuss the theory behind my videos and a few ways to implement them in class.

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