Minecraft has pretty amazing potential as a teaching tool. In general, it promotes creativity and problem-solving as it boosts engagement. But it also can improve achievement when confident teachers incorporate it into instruction.

It's easy for students to become absorbed in Minecraft worlds, mainly due to the game's "sandbox" nature--it's open-ended and offers unlimited possibilities for math, science, and building challenges.

And the game isn't just for STEM classes, either. It can help build social and emotional skills, it can illustrate concepts found in literature and history classes, and more.

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