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Minecraft, for Educational Purposes

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Lately there has been a buzz in education about gaming as an aid to learning. While many educators are unsure of applicable roles in curriculum areas, students have definite ideas of how they can use gaming, more specifically Minecraft, to demonstrate their learning. Working in a 1:1 environment has given students opportunities to create remarkable multimedia projects, and being a seasoned 1:1 school, students at BCLUW tailor their learning and projects to fit their areas of interests and passions.

Meet Jarrett – a sophomore at BCLUW. As a freshmen he would amaze me with his stop-animation videos. He has a love of video games, like the normal 15 year old, and a passion to create. I knew Jarrett has used Minecraft in a few of his classes, History and English. Likewise,  students at BCLUW have used Minecraft in many other curricular areas.

So what is Minecraft? Simply put, Minecraft is a virtual world where people build, explore, engage in battle. This survivor game is one where players use the environment to sustain life. Although that is the main focus of the game, gamers have been finding several new uses for Minecraft: architecture, computer programming, a hobby, and of course for EDUCATION.

Here is an example of Jarrett’s work. It is a virtual tour of Egypt that he researched, designed, built, and PRESENTED. This project was one he proposed to his history teacher in place of the other assignment.

Jarrett’s ideas for Minecraft Projects:

Science – Virtual demonstration of atom combining

Math – Electric Wiring

English – Virtual demonstration of grammar reviews

History – Reconstructing buildings

Spanish – Language selector in Minecraft to aid in learning

Art- Pixel art

Music – Create your own music, (there are instruments you can use in Minecraft)


Here are additional examples educators have been sharing with me. Please add your ideas in the comment section or tweet me!



Written by sfarnsworth

April 12, 2012 at 8:34 pm