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 wikiMinecraft in the Classroom and Library“Can you teleport me?” “How do I fly?” “I need a sword.” “What are you building?” These eclectic exclamations are the sounds of a room full of teens playing Minecraft. What is Minecraft? Minecraft is an open-ended, creative game where players roam a landscape made of different kinds of blocks that can be used to build just about anything. Developed by Swedish programmer Marcus Persson, also known as Notch, and his company Mojang, the full version of the game was released in November 2011 after several beta versions. Survival vs. The different game play modes place more or less emphasis on the creative and survival aspects of the game. In Creative mode, you can fly, literally by double tapping the space bar, but figuratively as well, because you have instant access to every kind of block and most items in the game. Multiplayer servers For the technologically minded, hosting your own server is free and relatively easy. Minecraft and Education Playing Around Minecraft is versatile and fun.
MorrowCraft - 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
Middle School Minecraft | Imagine the possibilities…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.
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Ideas 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