Teacher Review For MinecraftEdu

Minecraft for Schools Made Easy

Joel S.
Technology coordinator
Village East Community Elementary School
Aurora, CO
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
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 More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
The Minecraft EDU version of Minecraft includes a wide variety of tools for teachers to use in the classroom. I've used it to teach Digital Citizenship, Social Studies, and Language Arts. Examples of projects I've used with grades 1-5 include: 5th Grade: creating a replica of Jamestown Colony 4th Grade: create a mining town in Colorado 3rd Grade: create an Anasazi Cliff Dwelling 2nd and 1st Grade: create buildings in a community The possibilities are endless. Further ideas I plan to use: create a setting from a book that students have read, reinforce area and perimeter, construct geometric shapes, build circuits with redstone.
My Take
Once you can get the software up and running, it's easy. There is a great Google Group community called "Minecraft Teachers" that are extremely helpful and willing to answer any questions you may have. The biggest hurdle for me, as a teacher, is making sure students understand the difference between how they play Minecraft at home vs. how they are expected to play in school. Many students simply want to kill or be killed when they play at home, and my purpose for using Minecraft in school is very different. I want to get students to cooperate and collaborate with each other, solve problems, and be creative instead of "griefing" each other. Overall, the fact that I'm allowing students to use Minecraft in school has been highly motivating and engaging for ALL students.