Category Archives: Minecraft in education

“Minecraft gives me the opportunity to create worlds and environments that make students go, ‘Wow!’” – Laurens Derks, Australia

Laurens Derks
IT Integrator
Abbotsleigh School for Girls
Sydney, Australia

 Laurens Derks loves Minecraft, and he can offer up countless reasons why.

 “Minecraft sparks conversations and creates learning moments that are priceless,” Derks tells us. “In a Special Education environment, I used it to promote social skills. In a year-four science class, I used it to examine building materials, their purpose and the production process. In a year-five history class, we explored the Victorian Gold Rush and simulated a day in the life of a gold miner.Visit the author's original post

“Discovering the Microsoft Educator Community was a huge turning point for me as an educator.” – Liz Wilson, UK

Liz Wilson
Class Teacher, 21st Century Learning Lead
Danesfield School
Marlow, United Kingdom

No matter how old you are, few things can capture attention like a game. That’s why gamification is gaining such a foothold in the world of education. For Liz Wilson, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and MIE Master Trainer, using the gamification pedagogy as well as games like Minecraft Education completely transformed her classroom.

“I absolutely love using Minecraft in the classroom,” says Wilson. “It is such a fantastic, versatile technology that can be used across the curriculum to inspire students and enhance their learning experiences.… Visit the author's original post

#MIEExpert Webinar: Teaching Citizenship and History through Minecraft

Following on from last week’s webinar on OneNote Learning Tools hosted by #MIEExpert Anna Kellner, this Thursday we are fortunate enough to have another live session run by one of our Microsoft Innovative Expert Educators:

WEBINAR: Teaching Citizenship and History through Minecraft

Click here to registerThursday 13th October, 16:30-17:00

Join Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Darren Currie to see how he has been using Minecraft to teach History and Citizenship in his classroom. The webinar will contain practical examples and instructions on how you can get started.… Visit the author's original post

Minecraft: Education Edition Is Here!

Minecraft: Education Edition is an open world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination. Teachers the world over are embracing this medium as a way to allow their students to engage with a variety of different subject areas and topics, and recently Steven Reid, a leading figure in UK games-based-learning featured on Anthony Salcito’s ‘Daily Edventures’ blog.

Last week, the team at Minecraft announced the availability of early access for educators to Minecraft: Education Edition, and some of the key features found within this version of the application.Visit the author's original post

Anthony Salcito’s Daily Edventures: Games-Based Learning with Stephen Reid

Regular readers of this blog may have previously come across references to and extracts from Daily Edventures, Anthony Salcito’s blog that tells the stories of his various encounters and conversations with those he calls ‘global heroes in education’.

The use of gaming as a medium to expose young learners to new concepts and ideas, and through which they develop new skills, is something that is becoming increasingly commonplace in schools all over the world. Stephen Reid is seen as a real innovator in the field of games-based learning, and his organisation, Immersive Minds, works with clients to bring technologies like podcasting, animation, filmmaking, mobile and tablet, coding, games and games-based learning to the forefront of educational thinking and practice.

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Minecraft tutorial videos from Ray Chambers – setting up servers and information blocks

Ray Chambers is one of our Microsoft Expert Educators, and a leading force for driving the educational use of Minecraft in classrooms all over the UK. You may have even seen last month’s TechRadar article How Minecraft is helping kids learn code one block at a time, which is all about the sessions he was presenting to packed audiences in our Theatre during BETT 2015 in January. On his own blog however, Ray has recently been posting a number of video tutorials, which he has kindly allowed us to share with you here.… Visit the author's original post