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.
GET YOUR COPY OF THE 30 GOALS FOR TEACHERS OR LEARNING TO GO, WHICH HAS DIGITAL AND MOBILE ACTIVITIES AND HANDOUTS.
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: