Today we had the privilege of learning about Minecraft from six local middle school students. Their excitement for this game world was amazing. Given the right resources, a class can use the game to fulfill curricular competencies in school.
According to the official website (education.minecraft.net):
WHAT IS MINECRAFT: EDUCATION EDITION?
Minecraft: Education Edition is an open-world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination.
Most of the student presenters stated that they started with the pocket edition, but eventually progressed to the full game at home. When given the opportunity to use it in the classroom, they jumped on it – even devoting break time to building worlds for other classrooms! In some cases, students may not even register that they are learning. What an amazing thing to be able to satisfy school needs with something that makes students so excited. If this game gets them inspired, I say, let them run with it!
The only real issue is that with certain screens MOTION SICKNESS can be a problem . . . And for me it was a real issue.
If it works for you, and your classroom, awesome! There are so many possibilities!