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Minecraft in the Classroom Teaches Reading and More

Minecraft in the Classroom Teaches Reading and More
Last month, Scientific American declared, "... not only is Minecraft immersive and creative, but it is an excellent platform for making almost any subject area more engaging.” That’s a nod from a top science magazine to the game many parents wish their kids had never heard of. This endorsement follows Common Sense Media's seal of approval. On the surface, it's not so surprising. Something like 80 percent of 5- to 8-year-olds play games, and 97 percent of teens. Early simulations like Reader Rabbit are still used in classrooms to drill reading and math skills. But Minecraft, a blocky, retro, role-playing simulation that's more Lego than svelte, hi-tech wizardry, isn't just the game du jour. Use these effective classroom management tips to deal with difficult students... Being consistent is of paramount importance when implementing and executing... Tips for how to get a teaching job, including interview questions for teachers... Let me back up a moment. That's not Minecraft.

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Minecraft homeschool: Incredible educational Minecraft inspiration from all over - Mankato Homeschooling Do your kids love Minecraft? Why not take advantage of that and use Minecraft to help teach history, science, language arts and more? There are dozens of wonderful sites on the internet designed to help parents and teachers use Minecraft to teach kids. Here's some of the best. Getting Started in Minecraft: From Zero to Punching Wood Here's the basics on how to buy, install and play Minecraft. Ideas for Using Minecraft in the Classroom As 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. That can be overwhelming, but luckily, there is a tool for using Minecraft created by teachers for teachers. MinecraftEdu provides a custom mod, basically a customized modification of the game, that helps facilitate organization and focus for teachers to use Minecraft effectively.

Canada & The United States (Bizarre Borders Part 2) — CGP Grey Script Canada and the United States share the longest, straightest, possibly boringest border in the world. But, look closer, and there's plenty of bizarreness to be found. Using Minecraft in Your Art Curriculum The following is a guest post written by Bo Gorcesky, a Middle school Media Arts teacher passionate about sharing educational technology findings. Once an independent filmmaker, Bo now touches lives with technology. Minecraft is a $7 app that I use with a class set of iPads during my media arts class. (There is also a free version, but you can’t save on it.) If you don’t have access to iPads, Minecraft Edu is another option. When I first started using Minecraft, I had no idea what this game was all about or why it was so addicting to my students.

US State Learning Games For Kids - State Symbols, State Trivia. State Videos and Puzzles US State Games US States Games Kids love learning about US States using fun online games. A Beginner’s Guide to Minecraft in an Elementary Classroom “What’s it called again, Craftmine?” I wondered aloud with a confused look on my face to a classroom full of nine year olds, playing dumb the whole time. “It’s MINECRAFT!” they all yelled back in unison, smiling and laughing at how out-of-touch their teacher was with their world. The truth was, however, that I was playing them from the day I first mentioned any knowledge of Minecraft’s existence. We had just begun discussing what the students already knew about persuasive texts and convincing others to change their perspective.

Crafty Ways to Use Minecraft at School Maybe your child is one of the thousands hooked on Minecraft, a video game that lets players build with textured cubes in a virtual 3D world. Players can also explore seemingly endless worlds and time periods, gather resources, craft, and engage in combat. What you may not be aware of is the inherent educational potential of the game. Common Sense Media describes Minecraft as “an open-ended, exploration and creation focused environment…Players can create items and buildings from scratch using materials they harvest from the world around them…Kids can learn creative thinking, geometry, and even a little geology as they build imaginative block structures in this refreshingly open-ended mining and construction game.” Third grade teacher Jennifer Bond discovered the educational value of the popular video game almost by accident. In addition to using Minecraft’s scale game to build an accurate model of their bedrooms, Jennifer’s students used Minecraft to study:

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