How I Use It
I would use Minecraft to reinforce and teach digital citizenship. Minecraft allows students to work together as a team, work in competitive ways, and solve problems together. Teachers are able to observe students interactions and give feedback when needed. Teachers can also use Minecraft as a tool to strike up discussions and hold restorative circles that encourage supporting others while collaborating as a team.
I feel Minecraft has endless opportunities. From digital citizenship, creative writing tool, 3-d replicas of structures, and even coding, there are many ways to engage children. I feel that Minecraft could benefit from a more user friendly controls system. Otherwise, it's a wonderful tool that is popular and engaging, and kids can definitely use it to learn.