If Minecraft has taken over your kids and you hardly know who they are or what they’re talking about anymore, you’re in good company. But, although you may love that the game helps build 21st-century skills such as creativity, innovation, and collaboration, your kids’ obsession can be overwhelming. Perhaps most puzzling is that every waking moment they’re not playing Minecraft, they’re in front of YouTube watching Minecraft.
For fans — and they are legion — Minecraft YouTube videos are a huge part of their enjoyment of the game. There are tutorials (for ideas on new things to create), “Let’s Play” videos (footage of people playing the game), challenges (new gameplay ideas to try), mod showcases (which show off cool thing kids can download to modify their Minecraft worlds), and more.
Collaboration is an important part of learning, but online classes don’t make it easy for students to form connections. Here’s a simple, free icebreaker game you can create yourself using Google Spreadsheets.
Minecraft first came out in 2009; but just a few weeks ago it debuted on the current console generation. What makes this game endure, 5 years later - with over 15 million licensed players on the PC/Mac alone? It's awesome, that's what. If you're late to the party though, don't worry - this extensive beginner's…
"The world is becoming more connected than ever, but students' interest in learning geography, one of the most important foundations for understanding global issues, is declining. Drawing on research that suggests computer simulations are effective tools to engage students in meaningful learning, the authors explored the potential of the computer simulation game Global Village, a virtual world developed in the Quest Atlantis game platform, for geography education."
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, common core state standards are now a reality for most teachers. The standards are designed to insure students have the foundation to think critically and meet the rigorous demands of college. There’s also an impetus to make sure schools are preparing kids to compete in a global marketplace. Teachers often [...]
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I submitted a new professional development program to the CILC this evening for “Minecraft and MinecraftEDU in the Classroom.” The CILC’s website (The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration) is the primary videoconference-based...
Cut fruit into pieces to learn about fractions. Manipulate pictures to balance equations. Picture your students losing themselves in gameplay for hours with these games and apps that are hard to put down.