Teacher Review for Minecraft: Education Edition

Minecraft is an educational tool with infinite potentialities, universally recognized as gender inclusive game

Marco Vigelini M.
After-school program educator
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My Subjects Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Minecraft has the same potentialities that they have holding in your hands a box full of toy bricks and then open it: but here bricks are unlimited and endless are the possibilities to arrange them as they want. The very only limit is the creativity and the imagination of our kids: so infinite for definition!
My Take
I now see Minecraft at the center of the educational universe: Minecraft and “learn by doing”, Minecraft and computational thinking … and digital literacy … and project-based learning, … and virtual reality … and 3D printing … and so on. I see Minecraft as a garden where flowers are: programming languages (java, javascript, python, Scratch), IoT (arduino/raspberry pi/Intel boards), virtual and augmented reality, tinkering (papercraft, littleBits), robotics, 3d modeling (tinkercad, thingiverse), 3d printing, artificial intelligence.