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 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.