Teacher Review For Minecraft - Pocket Edition

Simple 3D virtual world to build and explore

Bill G.
Professor/researcher
Kansas State University
Salina, KS
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My Subjects Math, Science, Arts
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Individual
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I am not exactly sure how I would use this in the classroom. I would like to explore further the multiplayer capabilities as it might be a good platform for team challenges. There is not a great deal of built in content, however interacting with others might offer some engaging learning opportunities. It is definitely a great platform for exercising creativity.
My Take
"Minecraft pocket edition could be used as a fun teaching tool for problem solving and critical thinking, however some of the themes such as killer zombie attacks might bring the appropriateness for classroom use into question. It is a simple 3-d world that is entertaining and engaging to use. It feels a little like snapping together Lego blocks. My son & I played together in the same world on separate iPads over wifi. The basic mode is far less challenging (and engaging) than the survival mode, as there are no zombies threatening your existence. I thought the touch screen controls were a little cumbersome to use. I dug a hole so deep, I couldn't get out, so I had to restart my game. I learned I need ladders to climb out of the holes, thus the problem solving. We used the lite version which cannot save progress; a potential frustration for someone spending a long time building. The full version can save, and costs $7. A little pricey for a mobile app, but probably worth the price for a fun game to play."