Game Based Learning: CTL’s New Portable Classroom Game Server Starting at $1349

CTL has teamed up with MakersFactory and Intel to introduce the CTL GBL (Game Based Learning) Cube, a portable classroom game server. The CTL GBL Cube helps teachers enhance student engagement through multiplayer game-based interaction. Convenient lesson plans based around established MineCraftEdu Worlds, CommonCore and NGSS standards are included.

The CTL GBL Cube consists of an Intel NUC Kit D54250WYK with a 4th Generation Intel core i5 processor that has been optimized for MinecraftEdu. MinecraftEdu is a school-ready remix of the original game, which is played by over 30 million people worldwide. Created by teachers for classroom use and officially supported by Mojang, the company behind Minecraft, MinecraftEdu contains a set of powerful yet simple tools to fine-tune the Minecraft experience for learning. Teachers in over 40 countries use MinecraftEdu game based learning in every subject area from STEM to Language to History to Art.

The CTL GBL Cube comes fully integrated including an installed MinecraftEdu server application. Each GBL Cube can support up to 35 concurrent users so the entire class can participate in MinecraftEdu games. MinecraftEdu server licenses and MinecraftEdu individual client licenses must be purchased from TeacherGaming, LLC.

The server has exible LAN options including the ability to connect via wired Ethernet, wireless 802.11 networks with an a/b/g/n compatible router or by having the server function as a Wi-Fi Access Point where no networking is available. Additionally, instruction materials are available for setting up the server, MinecraftEdu game and for using MinecraftEdu to create and deliver specific lesson plans and game based learning.

Features and benefits of the CTL GBL Cube classroom game server include:

  • 4th Generation Intel Core i5 processor
  • 60GB mSATA Solid State Drive
  • Fully integrated for out-of-the-box deployment
  • Student management tools
  • System set up tools and instructional materials
  • Flexible LAN configuration options
  • Secure system
  • Professional development to shorten learning curve
  • Wide range of lesson plans
  • Pre-configured MineCraftEdu Worlds
  • Custom educational MineCraftEdu Mods

For more information about the CTL GBL Cube, visit

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3D JewelryA few Friday nights ago, as MakersFactory employees shut off the printers and packed up for the weekend, bottles of wine were opened, cheese was set out, and a small gathering of women opened up their laptops to fire up the 3D modeling program called Blender. Piloting a new offering of ours, we brought in some local female artists/jewelry makers/designers and introduced them to a new form of design–3D modeling! As the wine and champagne flowed, the ladies learned the basics of the open-source 3D software, Blender, and became familiar with the 3D modeling environment. We created complex wire-frame necklace pendants using the “primitive” shapes Blender supplies and rings with customized mountings and settings.
Emails flooded in later that night with dozens of ideas and possible projects that swarmed the heads of the ladies in the middle of the night. In preparation for the next 3D jewelry design class on Thursday, September 25 from 6-9pm, we are gathering info and developing lessons on pendant and base designs. MakersFactory will continue to offer monthly night classes that focus on a particular jewelry design. For those who are new 3D modeling or jewelry-making, the first hour of class will be used to cover Blender basics. But don’t worry if you’re already an seasoned 3D designer, your first hour can be used as design development for additional works of art.
So bring yourself, your laptop, an empty glass, and jewelry ideas to MakersFactory this Thursday night, September 25th, from 6-9pm! Save yourself a spot by registering here.

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