Teacher Review For Minecraft - Pocket Edition

Great for honing your Minecraft skills on the go.

Dana C.
Media specialist/librarian
Whitefish Middle 5-6
Whitefish, MT
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My Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
My Rating 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I started using it as part of an elective arts program, and ended up with 19 boys! Students felt left out and asked for an after school club. We have tried the full versions kids have personal subscriptions to, as well as an Edu version that gives a teacher some flexibility to create and teach on the fly. The app version seems to be the best starting place for newbies.
My Take
Students with a range of interests and school abilities love this game. The freedom to build and explore piques the interests of boys with a vengence. You have to caution students against losing track of time and addictiveness of the game. Not all features are available in the app, but it is great for practice, especially if you keep getting killed by the assortment of bad guys.