I was not going to delve in to Minecraft Education Edition for another 50 posts or so, but it just can’t wait any longer. Partly because we are rolling it out in our district right now, and also since I just became a Certified Minecraft Education Edition Trainer this week, I can’t wait any longer to start the conversation. Welcome to Day 77 of 365 Ideas for Office 365. This is sure to be the first of many posts on using Minecraft in the classroom.
To set the stage, today will just be about why Minecraft belongs in your classroom. Let’s start with the obvious.
- Minecraft is super engaging. Kids don’t just love it; they have continued to love it for a decade. And not just kids, BTW.
- Teachers don’t necessarily need to become experts in Minecraft to harness its educational potential.
- For many districts and schools that have Office 365, Minecraft EE is part of the package. In other words, it may be free for you to use.
- There are 100s of pre-made lessons and worlds available to teachers at Education.Minecraft.net
The Seven Cs?
5. Minecraft is excellent for teaching the 4 C’s– Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and of course Creativity
6. Oh, and Minecraft is also great at teaching the 5th C- Coding
7. Dare we add a 6th C? Using redstone in Minecraft teaching students Circuitry and simple machines
8. How far can we push these C’s? C7- Chemistry- there are lots of tools and tutorials for teaching chemistry
9. There are (fun) courses on Education.Microsoft.com for teachers to learn how to play and use Minecraft Education Edition in their classrooms. Try “My Minecraft Journey” when you’re ready to jump in all the way.
10. Lessons and worlds are all editable so you can customize them to your curricular needs without having to build a world from scratch.
11. Minecraft has lessons for everyone
Minecraft Lessons ready for your to download
13. No time to train? Just use the Minecraft Challenges to move your students from just “playing” Minecraft Education Edition to using it with direction and purpose.
14. Did I mention it might be free for your school or district? Yes? Well if it is, you can probably get free training for your teachers as well. Microsoft has funding for that. DM me at @dadxeight if you’re interested.
15. Minecraft Education Edition has some built in tools to capture your students’ creations for formative assessments, like the camera, portfolio, slates, posters and boards, and book and quill.