Classroom Ideas for Minecraft

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.

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I hope you, too, can find inspiration using Minecraft.  It’s what we do!

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