Teacher Review for Minecraft

Less powerful but worthwhile substitute to the PC version

Jared C.
Special education instructor
Cabell Midland High School
Ona, United States
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My Subjects Science
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
This app can be used in a multitude of different ways. One interesting way of using this is to have students in small groups research different forms of government. Each group is then assigned a form of government and take that into the virtual world with them. A group that is assigned democracy, for example, can establish their own rules and laws about what can be built, what the consequences for bad actions are, and et cetera. In addition to this use, it can also be used to have students recreate certain sights from around the world so they can become more intimately familiar with them.
My Take
The Pocket Edition of Minecraft is somewhat limited as compared to the full PC version. The controls can be somewhat confusing at first and the depth of the game could be overwhelming for some. It would be prudent to slowly immerse the students in the app first so that expectations are set early and core game concepts explained so that they understand.