Teacher Review For Minecraft

Collaborate for Adventure in New Worlds

Rick J.
Classroom teacher
Birmingham Covington School
Bloomfield Hills, MI
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My Grades 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
My students used Minecraft to build a future world that was eco-friendly. They worked in teams of five and competed against other teams who were from around the world. Their world was judges using a rubric to determine winners in the simulation. They were highly engaged to participate because they all had played Minecraft before and already had accounts. This activity was done during lunch, and was not part of our regular curriculum. The kids were excited to be creating alongside other students, who ranged in level from 6th grade to university. The students could have used more support from me, as they were not quite self-motivated enough to complete the task entirely on their own. At times,. they had to be reminded to stick to the simulation, as they would wander off into their own personal games.
My Take
Minecraft is highly engaging. The kids love the functionality and interactivity. I like the fact that the kids are creating and collaborating in meaningful ways. A limitation is the account, which costs 27.00 per student. Also, students need to discuss away from the game if they are going to effectively plan and collaborate to create something that is directed with purpose.