Mark your calendars everyone for May 8th for our joint session using Minecraft. We will be taking a deep dive into the world of Minecraft EDU and examining the how-to’s to Minecraft and also the implications for classrooms across campus. We will continue to examine student engagement and using Minecraft to design authentic learning experiences for student that they are able to become deeply invested in as creators. What does the research say about using Minecraft? The Scientific American stated, ”… not only is Minecraft immersive and creative, but it is an excellent platform for making almost any subject area more engaging.” If we view Minecraft as a game-based learning tool in an immersive world, think of the qualities of a good gamer. Then translate that into learning. According to Klopfer from MIT, game players are risk-takers and analyze every bit of information coming their way. Often times, you will see students engaging in statistical analysis and continual problem-solving based upon cogent data provided in the gaming realm. Can you imagine if you could harness that type of thinking and experience it in your classroom? There are many great articles about gaming and Minecraft.
There are SO many resources out there, but here are a few to get you started. Thanks to Mr. Jonathan Todd who took up the challenge, did all the research, and has been spearheading the implementation at our school. Beyond that, he is also an amazing Minecraft builder.
https://www.pinterest.com/dodieballard/minecraft -SEVERAL resources curated…
Social Studies – http://services.minecraftedu.com/wiki/Wonderful_World_of_Humanities
MineCraft Math – http://services.minecraftedu.com/wiki/Shane_Asselstine
School Wiki page – http://minecraftinschool.pbworks.com/w/page/37244189/FrontPage
Minecraft in Schools – Massively Minecraft, Middle School Minecraft, Minecraft Ph.D., Primary Minecraft, MinecraftEDU’s Real-World Project List, SabineMines, MinecraftClubHub – nice in game rules and some ideas for protocol, Minecraft at SAA, Tip of the Iceberg, Minecraft EDUElfie, Minecraft at CAIS China, Digging for Truth, Minecraft@NCS, Minecraftinschool.com