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NomadicEducation: Minecraft Lesson Plans

Minecraft allows players to explore, interact with, and modify a dynamically-generated map made of one-cubic-meter-sized blocks. The environment features plants, mobs, and items. Some activities in the game include mining for ore, fighting hostile mobs, and crafting new blocks and tools by gathering resources found in the game. Game developers seem to be great believers in learning theories and brain research. The term "gamification" is described as "the concept that you can apply the basic elements that make games fun and engaging to do things that typically aren't considered a game." As a long-time fan of video gaming, I decided to look into Minecraft to see what types of lessons we could build around a game that gives players the ability to take raw materials and craft and shape tools, alter the landscape, build buildings, play music, and even build a working computer within the game. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Minecraft and Popular Culture Related:  MinecraftMinecraft

MinecraftEdu Elfie Minecraft Lesson Plan « Shaping the World Lately, I have been researching ways to use Minecraft in the classroom for game based learning. Here is a rough outline of how I would introduce students to this amazing, educational game. Prior to this lesson students will have learned basic design and sketching skills. This lesson would be the first within a unit designed to teach students how to plan a community. Minecraft is a computer game that combines mechanics, design and creativity within an RPG. By using Minecraft as an educational tool students will be able to: Apply knowledge of 3 dimensional landscapes to construct a digital landscape and community. Collaborate with classmates to plan and create a digital community. : Students will develop an understanding of the cultural, social, economic, and political effects of technology. : Students will develop an understanding of the effects of technology on the environment. : Students will develop an understanding of the role of society in the development and use of technology. Like this:

MinecraftEDU wiki Minecraft in education Minecraft can be an educational tool that facilitates cooperation and teamwork among players. Educational benefits[edit | edit source] Minecraft can have huge educational benefits for children; it can help teach numerous subjects both with and without adult involvement. Learning in Minecraft can be faster than traditional methods of education, as children are often far more motivated, get more practice, and feel that what they are learning is useful. Mojang has recognized the educational potential Minecraft offers, and has partnered with minecraftedu.com to provide a 50% discount on Minecraft for educational institutions. Content suitability[edit | edit source] While the mobs (enemies) may be scary or overly frustrating for younger children, singleplayer contains no coarse language unless manually typed, no sexual or drug references, no gore (except on the Strength status effect's icon, which is only a blob of reddish pixels), and dead mobs simply turn red, fall over, and turn to dust.

Getting started - MinecraftEdu wiki After you have installed the MinecraftEdu, your next steps are to start a server and join it with a MinecraftEdu client. (Please note: you must use a version of the client which has been modified specifically for MinecraftEdu, and not a regular Minecraft client, in order to connect to the server. Otherwise, you may see an error message stating, "Internal exception: java.net.SocketTimeoutException: Read timed out.") In this page you will find information about how to complete those tasks and more. Required ports See article Ports Starting a Server This tutorial will run you through how to start a MinecraftEdu server and some of the commands in the admin panel of its server tool. Starting a Server on the Macintosh Open the MinecraftEdu Launcher. Click on "Settings" > "Client Settings" and check to make sure the "Client RAM" is set at its default value of 700. Exit out of the "Client Settings" screen and click the "Start MinecraftEdu Servertool" button in the MinecraftEdu Launcher. 1. 2. 3. 4.

MorrowCraft - home minecraftinschool This wiki is devoted to hosting ideas, lessons, implementation strategies and more related to using the game, Minecraft in a school setting Whether you use it in a computer/gaming club, as part of your regular curricular instruction, or even at home with your own children, Minecraft's simple yet scalable "sandbox" virtual environment can be an excellent tool for engaging student learning. The open-ended nature of the game lends it to application in a variety of subject areas. Game-based learning, virtual worlds, and simulations are emerging tools for reaching our learners. That's why this wiki was created. -Lucas Gillispie, Director of Academic and Digital Learning, Surry County Schools. Recent News (11/10/15) - Here's a Sustainable Community Project we're working on at Gentry Middle School. (6/1/15) -Alice Keeler (@alicekeeler) is awesome, but you knew that, right? (12/18/13) - Great tutorial video on how to level in mcMMO by Aidan. (12/8/13) - Lots to share! Inverted Restone

GoAnimate The Minecraft Teacher Back to school. Long time no post. So one day I had this idea to use Minecraft in my class. It worked really, really well. And I couldn’t figure out why no one else was doing the same thing. But one thing led to another and I ended up leaving a perfectly respectable teaching career to play a lot more Minecraft. I got to interact with amazingly talented people from all over the world. All that plus getting to work with some wonderfully Finnish geniuses who I now consider family. But I am leaving TeacherGaming and sailing away from Minecraft’s blocky shores for a while. I am going back to the classroom. It’s been an absolute honor to work with Minecraft. I feel quite lucky to have been involved during this unbelievably cool time period in Minecraft’s development. There are SOOOOOOO many amazing people doing inspiring work with Minecraft, both in and out of schools. I think I will be playing Minecraft forever. What would you like to hear/see from me? Peace out, kids. ~JoelP.S. minecraftedu:

MinecraftInSchool.com | Ideas, resources and lesson plans for using Minecraft at school Using Minecraft for Learning English * * * On the Internet * * * August 2014–Volume 18, Number 2 Marijana Smolčec Gimnazija Bernardina Frankopana, Ogulin, Croatia msmolcec gmail.com Filip Smolčec 5th Grade Primary School Student with an introduction by Vance Stevens Higher Colleges of Technology / CERT / KBZAC, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates vancestev Introduction to Minecraft One fine morning in August, 2014 as I was preparing to work on this article, I did as writers do all over the world as they seek to prolong procrastination, I checked Facebook. Figure 1. As Rehab and Lina can both tell you, Minecraft is a game known since its inception in 2009 to have occupied both children and adults in hours of enjoyable play with creative thinking. Joel Levin, a.k.a. Figure 2. Kuhn illustrates the concept of possibility space by explaining why we lose interest in Tic Tac Toe (too limited a possibility space – games become boring once possibility spaces are exhausted). Enter the third design element, intentional design. Figure 3.

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