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Who We Are

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The educators behind this site and the Multi-School Minecraft Server Project, Diana Maliszewski, Liam O'Donnell and Denise Colby and Linda Gielen


Diana Maliszewski 

Liragrim in Minecraft Diana's Minecraft Journal1 & 2 

Twitter: @MzMollyTL




Diana Maliszewski is the teacher-librarian at Agnes Macphail P.S. She is the editor of The Teaching Librarian, the official magazine of the Ontario School Library Association. Diana’s writing credits also include articles in The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research and School Libraries. She maintains an education-themed blog, “Monday Molly Musings”, as well as blogging about the benefits of gaming at home at Family Gaming XP. Diana has presented at conferences and workshops all over North America on topics such as gaming in education, graphic novels, popular culture, professional learning communities and children’s literature. In 2008, she was awarded the Follett International Teacher-Librarian of the Year Award from the Canadian Association of School Libraries for her contributions to the field of school librarianship.



Liam O'Donnell

Praxismaxis on Minecraft  Liam's Minecraft Journal 

Twitter: @liamodonnell

Praxismaxis (aka Liam)

Liam O'Donnell


Liam O'Donnell is an award winning children's author, TDSB teacher and gamer. In 2011, he used Minecraft to engage grade 4-6 students at Earl Haig PS working to build their literacy, numeracy and social development skills. Since 2003, he has written about the educational potential of alternative literacies like video games in education journals (Reading Today), magazines (Today's Parent) on his blog Feeding Change and elsewhere. He is the creator of the Graphic Guide Adventures and Max Finder Mystery graphic novel series for middle grade readers and used in schools across North America. He is also the two time recipient of the Educational Publishers Association's Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing.




Denise Colby

MissColby on Minecraft Denise's Club Journal  Denise's Club Journal

Twitter: @Niecsa

Denise Colby is a teacher with the Toronto District School Board. She has been a teacher-librarian at Highland Height Jr. P.S. for 8 years and is currently the Literacy Coach for SE6 Family of Schools. She is a member of TACIT (Technology and Curricular Integration Team) and had been the co-facilitator for teacher-librarians in the NE3 Family of Schools for 6 years. Denise has presented at the OLA Super Conference on Kindergarten programing in the library, and promoting the library within the school.

Linda Gielen

Technascribe on Minecraft

Twitter: @saa_tech
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Linda Gielen is currently a Technology Facilitator and teacher at a K-8 all-boys private school in San Antonio, Texas. She worked in higher education for over 18 years before earning a Masters of Elementary Education and changing her career to become a teacher. She has been a teacher and facilitator for 10 years. She currently runs a MinecraftEdu server both as an afterschool activity and for classroom applications. You can view projects completed last year at her school by visiting the SAA Minecraft wiki.    








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