Can you find inspiration for your lesson from Minecraft? I did! I was given an opportunity through my MSU course, CEP813. We were asked to design a lesson using Minecraft. I have to admit, this was a fun assignment. So I would like to share some ideas to get you inspired for using Minecraft in your classroom.
First, Colin Gallagher was a creator of this assignment and a tremendous help. He created a YouTube talk show for teachers called Minechat. Colin interviews teachers in their Minecraft world and then is able to share lesson ideas. Here is an episode with a social studies teacher, John Miller:
Colin also just came out with a book, “Minecraft in the Classroom: Ideas, inspiration, and student projects for teachers“. I appreciate the passion he has for Minecraft and how he uses it to connect students and teachers.
Another inspiration, was the article, “Build Engagement and Knowledge One Block at a Time with Minecraft” (Tromba, 2013). A middle school piloted a Minecraft class. Surprisingly, they found an increase in attendance and the students showed engagement in their other courses. School counselors are always looking for ways to reach at-risk students. What can help us connect? Minecraft seems to fit. An idea I have for at-risk 9th graders was to have them create a future using Minecraft and then eventually make connections to where they are now in high school. I created this Minecraft video to show you how this may work for a small group in high school.
I hope you, too, can find inspiration using Minecraft. It’s what we do!