Teacher Review for Minecraft: Education Edition

Great for engagement!

Joy S.
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Individual
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with General
How I Use It
I would use this as a treat/chill day activity with middle schoolers. It would be great to allow them to engage with a creative digital medium—especially one that they are probably already familiar with and fond of—as a break from the monotony of traditional schoolwork.
My Take
My sense is that this tool isn’t necessarily meant to teach kids anything new. It is mostly just to allow them to explore topics they are already familiar with in a fun and creative way. As long as it is used as a reinforcer and not a way to construct new knowledge, I see no issues with it. Kids also love Minecraft; personally, I haven’t met a single middle schooler that doesn’t. Even a more restricted version of the game, then, will effectively peak their interest and make them more eager to engage with the lesson material.