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.
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.