Minecraft in school

2 06 2011

ok, this is really REALLY exciting. Liam O’Donnell is using Minecraft for the past 3 weeks with a small group of students for literacy support. Kids are loving it, and they are improving!

Read more here: http://liamodonnell.com/feedingchange/2011/05/messy-learning-with-minecraft/

More educators are joining the Minecraft-educraze (in a very very good way):

Check out the work reported by Lucas Gillispie: “We are officially launching a Beta(?) run of the project starting April 8th, 2011.  We’re going to be working 10 elementary (5th grade) students at two different sites who’ll be playing and learning cooperatively on the same internally hosted server.”

Follow Lucas on http://minecraftinschool.pbworks.com/w/page/37244189/FrontPage
and mine (ahah) the resources that Lucas shares freely, such as examples of lesson plans (http://minecraftinschool.pbworks.com/w/page/37287195/Language-Arts-Lessons-and-Ideas)

You also have to catch up with Joel Levine’s work with 2nd graders at a private school in NYC: http://minecraftteacher.net/ Results go beyond his expectations.

Also, look Morrowcraft, a 8th grader-project from the Elizabeth Morrow School in Englewood, NJ: http://morrowcraft.wikispaces.com/

Last but certainly not least here, jokaydia Minecraft. Yes! the Jokay that we follow from SL to Hypergrid. As usual, expect great quality and exciting ideas from her reports.

Did I say that this was really really exciting news? This is really really cool. (And by the way, Notch is going to E3 on June 7 and won’t be updating Minecraft until after. So go ahead and pre-order it before the final product = a higher $ tag.)…no, i don’t get a piece of the pie. Just really excited about this. Yep, i’m playing and i’ve got the Minebug too. and quoting Knowclue on rezed.org: “I have to admit, I’m having a blast and had to eat crow about being scared of 8bit zombies! “

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3 06 2011
liam

Thanks Sabine! It’s been a blast using Minecraft with the kids so far. Servers are relatively easy to set up, the kids love it and it has so many applications for learning from language, to math and science and beyond. I’m looking forward to seeing the learning other educators can build around this game.

3 06 2011
sabinereljic

Since I downloaded Minecraft on my PC, my son has been trying to get me out of my seat (but “mommy is working, so step away from my keyboard for a minute”). What i find extraordinary is the phenomenal learning outcomes we hear about. I would love to see a report on student learning outcomes similar to last year’s 3dgamelab club run at Boise State, in which they reported 93% completion, and students wanting to go back after the end of the program to finish quests they had not had time to complete. Very powerful.

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