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How a New Jersey middle school uses Minecraft: Education Edition to teach game design

How do you teach game design in a middle school setting? According to Steve Isaacs, who teaches at the William Annin Middle School in New Jersey, just 45 minutes west of New York City, it looks a bit like this:

Steve teaches Game Design and Development via a quest-based (or choice-based) learning environment, providing students with a variety of options as they work through activities, often set inside the worlds of Minecraft: Education Edition. Students create minigames in Minecraft, or even full story-driven games, by working with the game’s functional Redstone and command blocks, which can trigger in-world events.… Visit the author's original post

“I learned to let go of control, and learn with and from my students, something I have become very passionate about.”– Steve Isaacs, USA

Educational innovation can take many forms, depending on who you ask. For Steve Isaccs, a middle school Video Game Design and Development teacher, the future of education is not only about using the right tools; it’s about HOW our classrooms work.

“Our educational system is in need of large-scale reform,” says Isaacs. “We continue to follow a model that relies on consumption of content with teachers lecturing in front of a group of students, typically in 40 minute blocks of time.… Visit the author's original post