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. The game's open-ended model allows players to create structures, creations and artwork on multiplayer servers or on their own single player maps. Game developers seem to be great believers in learning theories and brain research. They recognize that if the brain is not engaged in many ways, people will not play their games. 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." The creators of Minecraft recognize the importance of the quality of experience the player has and amount of effort he or she must exert to play the game. 1. 2. 3. 4.
Minecraft Lesson Plan « Shaping the WorldLately, 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 wikiMorrowCraft - homeminecraftinschoolThis 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. 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! We have a number of tutorials added by our community in recent weeks: Inverted Restone PCS Minecraft Grants
MinecraftInSchool.com | Ideas, resources and lesson plans for using Minecraft at schoolUsing 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.
My Life as an Edu-PirateIdeas for Using Minecraft in the ClassroomAs is the nature of sandbox games, players can roam free, choosing objectives as they go. Because Minecraft has such open possibilities and potential, the teacher can choose how he or she wants to use it. Just as the student has the ability to be creative, the teacher has the same. MinecraftEdu provides a custom mod, basically a customized modification of the game, that helps facilitate organization and focus for teachers to use Minecraft effectively. For those noobs out there that need a push in the right direction, here are some introductory project or lesson ideas. 1) Explore Real Life Buildings There are many already-created structures that you can import into the game and have students explore. 2) Practice Ratio and Proportion Minecraft allows students to build whatever they want, so use the opportunity to have them create scale models when you need a practice unit about measurements and proportions. 3) Learn About Survival 4) Visualization and Reading Comprehension
Minecraft at SAA - Wonders of Minecraft“Hey, Mrs. Gielen! You should check out Minecraft for the computer lab.” My Introduction This is what I kept hearing over and over again from different students . . . everyday since the beginning of school! At first, I gave it a quick overview to see if we could afford to purchase it and to see what the game play was about. A couple of weeks into November, my headmaster sent me an article from US News and World Report entitled “High School Teachers Make Gaming Academic” which mentioned Joel Levin’s use of Minecraft at his private school. There are times when you sense that your life is going to change. A day hasn’t gone by, since then, that I haven’t played and researched Minecraft. Computer Lab Hit When we introduced Minecraft for our before and after school computer lab time, we decided to follow the advice of Lucas Gillespie’s site Minecraft in School and get a signed parental permission form to allow their child to play the game at school. First Project In Jeopardy Second Day Reflection
Teaching with MinecraftEdu - MinecraftEdu wikiSince late 2011, MinecraftEdu has made its way to thousands of classrooms around the world. It has been used to teach all kinds of skills and subjects from math to foreign languages to social justice to fair trade. The overarching idea of MinecraftEdu is to retain the magic of original Minecraft while adding elements that facilitate its use in classroom. Read more about TeacherGaming's philosophy here. It can act as a powerful bridge between physical and virtual classrooms, fostering critical 21st century skills. Your first lessons Know your tools: Make sure you’re familiar enough with the game and the world you’re about to use. Lesson Examples MinecraftEdu has been used by thousands of teachers all around the world. Mods and Curricula qCraft (Quantum Mechanics) ComputerCraft (video)(Computer Programming) Galacticraft (Space Science) CustomNPCs (Cross Curricular) Real World Examples Click name for personal blogs, title for Featured Educator post Check out examples by subject here. Community
Construction du Forum Romain en latin avec Minecraft » Technologie collège, TICE, jeux vidéo et éducationUn jeu vidéo pour apprendre et expérimenter Les latinistes de 4ème utilisent depuis quelques semaines le jeu vidéo Minecraft pour reconstituer le Forum Romain. Leur travail a d’ailleurs été évoqué dans un article du Café Pédagogique. Ils se sont lancés dans la construction de quatre bâtiments du Forum Romain : les Rostres, la Curie, le temple des Dioscures et le temple de Vesta. Voici l’état du chantier sous forme de vidéo : Avant de se lancer une photo de classe s’imposait ! Selfie des latinistes de quatrième Recherches d’informations Pour commencer il a fallu faire des recherches pour retrouver les formes et les dimensions des bâtiments à partir de reconstitutions que nous avons consulté sur le site internet de l’Université de Californie à Los Angeles : Réalisations de plans à l’échelle
Minecraft in my lessons before the courseMy Minecraft adventure started years ago when some of my students spoke so much and passionately about this game. Honestly I thought it was a strategic game of some sort of a not-for-middle-aged-female-teacher sort of game like WoT of WoW or ... you know, that kind. I had no idea about a game, the only thing I remember is their obsession with it. Then I had this student one summer (one-to-one), whom I asked if she had ever played Minecraft. It was Filip and Marijana’s #RSCON5 webinar that convinced me to buy a MC Pocket Edition. I immediately saw some potential in it, I thought it could be used in reading and listening comprehension tasks (I dictate or write down what kind of house or farm learners have to make) and well, that was all I could think of back then. As it turned out, there was far more in it. Speaking of engagement, you don’t even need the game to be present in the lesson. Some types of activities I have been using: Minecraft dictation The mission: The product: 10min rounds