Teacher Review for Minecraft

Only limited by your student's imagination!

Richard C.
Classroom teacher
Campbell's English Academy
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My Subjects English Language Arts, English-Language Learning
My Rating
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
Right now I am using it in one small EFL group. The 3rd grade students are reading The Sisters Grimm series, we are on book 5 now. We plan on reading the entire 9 book series by the end of September. The story takes place in a fictional town called Ferry Port Landing. My students have been recreating the town in Minecraft. We spend about 10-15 minutes of class time planning and building the town. In addition, my students are creating a timeline of the major events of each book. In the end the students will use a screen cast to give a tour of the town as well as the major events of the story.
My Take
It does take some time to setup a sever (If you plan on allowing students to access their work from home). If not setup happens in less than 5 minutes. The students will be the teachers! My students were experts in Minecraft long before I began to use it. So they have taught me a over the past few weeks.