Puzzle Craft 2

I am up to level 163, have all the animal and plant resources and am ploughing away at another mammoth castle upgrade where I have to stockpile hundreds of resources. It’s a game killer because collecting a thousand fish and a thousand spices and things like 1600 iron really affects tool production and trading. I like being at the level of the game where I can have access to bigger tool allocations but not if I am struggling to make them. Paying 500 rune to get the cherries, the very last thing in the plants and animals was a total anti climax. Long chains of cherries are too long for this stage of the game and so after all that effort….nothing really. It was a game changer, though, and I can now use my runes to save more boards and invest in chests and associated tools. That has been fun. I can work the villages according to the challenges and that means all of them at this stage. I have to think out which village and which boards are to my advantage. It is not an easy game. I am constantly working on strategy and rethinking my use of the boards and plants and animals available. It is important to be aware how to get free moves because that can be a good way to maximise the returns on the boards. It is also important to know which resources will offer the best returns. I am totally stuck with the mandrake challenge and no information in the game or on the net. I have 100 mandrakes to collect and there is no spot for them in the collections and no clue as to how to get them. Trading maybe. Most likely not. Trading is limited to minerals but a fantastic way to collect runes. I haven’t figured out why the trade port offers things I don’t have to trade. No one trades on no stock. I usually don’t have the stock because the castle upgrade has exhausted my supplies or tool making has. It is all about thinking and priorities. It’s a game,though. If I find the game play annoying I just go and play any boards in any village the way I want to. This game has kept me challenged for months so making my own decisions as to how I want to play is easy. It really is a good game.jPuzzle craft 2

Technology trains your brains

technology opens horizonsI am sure someone is doing research somewhere to prove than technology use improves your brain function. Students born in 2000 and after are different. They know a lot. They can absorb information very quickly. They make connections fast. My job as a teacher with those students is to access all that information in their brains and make it go to work in the name of real knowledge and education. I actually taught my year 9s yesterday some French grammar I had taught the year 11s the week before. The reason I did it was when I was marking their work I could see the year 9s wanted to make more complex sentences and normally I don’t try that until year 10. I could see what they were all trying to do in that batch of work. We practiced our big numbers and then I just said to them I was going to try something and that I had, in fact ,taught them modal verbs last term and they even knew what that meant, and that I would see how they went and they shouldn’t worry if it seemed hard because it was. It was year 11. I got silence. Some scrambled for their  pencils. Their iPads were under their chairs. I did my 5 minutes explaining but at every step I asked if they got it. Their faces were intent. They were looking at one bit and then the other bit and I could seem them trying to make connections. It’s easier when I do my daft drawings. My students seem to enjoy my lack of capacity to draw as I talk and they learn that way…visual, some text and voice overs!!! These students have grown up with technology. I only ever teach like that for a maximum of 10 minutes. Technology means I can create custom lessons, access what I need very quickly, create depth or amusement in an instant. I can see these younger students want to know. They ask intelligent questions. They do not switch off from knowledge and they don’t worry if they are baffled. The internet baffles them on a regular basis. Games baffle them at every level. They have no fear of not knowing because they also know you can level up or you can access someone on a site which will explain all. Next semester in year 9 I am going to have baffle your brain sessions of 10 minutes every week and see what happens. We are really going to hurt our heads with learning at a higher level. Having something which you cannot do easily, cannot understand easily forces your passive knowledge to become active. That’s my belief and this is my plan.

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