Game based learning
“Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things.” - Minecraft.net
People enjoy playing video games. People worldwide spend about 3 billion hours a week playing them (McGonigal, 2011). When we play video games we learn, build, collaborate, problem-solve, explore, discover, and achieve goals. We also are deemed heroes or champions for investing so much time playing. What if learning were more like playing a video game? Now many teachers are using Minecraft to engage their learners. Below is a slideshow and resources to help you learn more.
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Tips and Resources
- Main site https://education.minecraft.net/
- Twitter hashtag, #MinecraftEDU, full of resources and bloggers
- Teaching with Minecraft Wiki with examples for every subject
- Minecraft Wiki
- The Minecraft Teacher by @Gamerteachr
- 30 ideas for using Minecraft in the classroom by @clcsimon
- Mine Mum’s Resources Minemum.com/minecraft-educational
- More sandbox learning games like Minecraft
Examples of Minecraft for language learning: