Teacher Review for Minecraft

A highly engaging tool for students to facilitate learning, digital citizenship and future focused skills.

J.Koo K.
Classroom teacher
Chatswood Public School
Chatswood, NSW
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 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
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I used it previously as an alternate tool for students to present their work. This was really motivating for some of the usually disengaged students. They would pay so much extra attention to detail, unlike their usual classroom work. This year we are trialling Minecraft: Education Edition, and incorporating it as part of our Government unit. Usually I run a gamified classroom, creating a fictional world and running parliament. This year, we are using Minecraft to add an additional layer of a virtual world. Students are always talking about it, whether it's about trade, issues or even upcoming elections/referendums.
My Take
It is an excellent tool to add to the digital learning kit. Whilst it is still relatively a new product, Microsoft seem to be updating it regularly and there are numerous resources shared on their website by educators all around the world.