There is a pretty good chance you have heard your students talk about Minecraft. I know that my elementary students are Minecraft super-fans. I think I see at least one Minecraft t-shirt a day at my school.
But just in case you aren’t familiar with Minecraft, it is an immersive digital environment and video game that encourages world-building.
Minecraft in the classroom isn’t new. In fact, it’s one of the most popular tools to use for game-based learning, and that’s for a good reason. Minecraft: Education Edition has tons of possibilities in the classroom – from building 3D replicas of historical places and structures to creating 3D models of cells for science class. Some educational benefits of Minecraft in the classroom include creativity, problem-solving, agency, and collaboration.
When Minecraft: Education Edition is implemented with proper support and with the classroom mode in place, it can be an impactful tool for helping students develop healthy relationships with technology.
Try out it with students of all ages, and let me know what you guys think!