These are simple examples of Minecraft’s classroom potential, to be sure, but you get the idea.
5 examples of using Minecraft in the classroom
Here are some examples, straight from educators, of how using Minecraft in the classroom can boost engagement and student achievement.
1. Minecraft can inspire students who struggle with creative writing. As one educator observes, Minecraft helped students come up with more ideas for a classroom assignment asking them to write a story about a castle and then build that castle in the game. Students also were more engaged during the process.
2. Minecraft allows for a version of electricity, and users can create circuits, design logic, and create arrays, delays and repeaters. They can transpose computational thinking to build things that work, or build things and use their new vocabulary to explain in their Minecraft world what those things are and how they work. Many teachers are using Minecraft for electrical design and visual design.
3. Surprisingly, Minecraft can help students build SEL skills. Almost all teachers in a survey (97.7 percent) said problem solving is the top SEL skill their students learn from in-school and extracurricular Minecraft participation.
4. Computer science and coding skills are in high demand in today’s workforce, but qualified workers are hard to come by. Students can use their love of Minecraft to learn how to code and build strong programming skills.
5. Minecraft also can help with pre-algebra and geometry for early learners. Young students build things to specifications without using mathematical language, and when students are comfortable with the concepts after seeing them illustrated with Minecraft blocks, educators introduce math vocabulary and formulas or equations.
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