One of the reasons Minecraft has been so popular in classrooms -- beyond students just flat-out loving it -- is its versatility. Minecraft has the utility and flexibility of a learning management system, without all the boring bits. It presents teachers and students alike with a sandbox of possibility for interest-driven, student-centered, project-based, and personalized learning experiences.
Maybe the best thing of all, though, is that just about any classroom or lesson, no matter the subject, content, or objective, can make use of it.
So whether you're already using Minecraft in your classroom or thinking about taking the plunge, check out the great ideas below for how to use Minecraft. There's sure to be something that'll inspire you.
Please also let me know in the comments about your creative uses, especially if you have a lesson on Common Sense Education you'd like highlighted!
"I HEART Minecraft" by Tom Maillioux. Used under a CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license.
"Minecraft After School" by Kevin Jarrett. Used under a CC BY 2.0 license.